Eng­land ea­ger to break Bok los­ing cy­cle

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CAPE TOWN— Eng­land de­fence coach Paul Gus­tard says that Eng­land are out to break their 10 year los­ing streak to South Africa in Novem­ber.

2006 was the last time Eng­land man­aged to tame the Spring­boks and since then it has been one way traf­fic in the cross-con­ti­nen­tal clash in favour of the Sub-Sa­ha­rans.

“Our ex­pectancy is to keep on im­prov­ing, it’s a new challenge and an op­por­tu­nity to win four games at home and an op­por­tu­nity to beat South Africa for the first time since 2006,” Gus­tard told Eng­lan­drugby.com.

“No one in the cur­rent squad has beaten South Africa, we are on a jour­ney to 2019 and this is the next step in the jour­ney.”

Gus­tard is striv­ing for per­fec­tion as he men­tors Eng­land’s de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties and de­spite their three-Test se­ries white-wash of the Wal­la­bies Gus­tard says there is room for im­prove­ment.

Not con­tent with help­ing cre­ate his­tory Paul Gus­tard’s thoughts were al­ready turn­ing to how they could im­prove. Gus­tard says Eng­land missed too many tack­les, with a less than 90 per cent suc­cess rate.

Eng­land missed 80 tack­les dur­ing their three games in Aus­tralia and so the Eng­land de­fence coach im­me­di­ately looked for ways to rec­tify the is­sue.

He has since flown to New Zealand to learn off rugby league club War­riors. Trav­elled to Wi­gan and Warrington to try and find the slight­est ad­van­tage that will im­prove Eng­land in the au­tumn.

Along with fel­low coaches Neal Hat­ley and Steve Borth­wick they vis­ited Bri­tish Judo as they at­tempt to im­prove tack­ling and grap­pling. “I think the sec­ond Test we won through sheer fight and de­ter­mi­na­tion and will­ing­ness ... That was a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what Eng­land are about and the third Test wasn’t.

“We made soft er­rors, bad de­ci­sions and against a good team we would have got burnt. We can’t af­ford to do that.”

Eng­land will play South Africa Fiji, Ar­gentina and then Aus­tralia in the Novem­ber/ De­cem­ber in­ter­na­tional win­dow.— Sport24.

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