Lancaster’s central dilemma
An even bigger dilemma awaits Stuart Lancaster at inside centre. Of all the players he must have wished had produced a solid performance, it would have been Brad Barritt. Instead, the Saracen was distinctly off colour. No player coughed up more than his three penalties – for not rolling away, sealing off and obstruction – and his usual defensive certainty was absent in the face of monstrous Fijian runners. Which begs the question: what’s the point of a safety blanket if it doesn’t offer security and reassurance? Sam Burgess’s impressive impact as a replacement – a wonderful offload nearly created a hat-trick try for Mike Brown – will only increase the volume of a debate Lancaster must dread each and every time it raises its head.