We have lots more to give, says Youngs

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Rugby - RUGBY NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT in Miyza­kai Pre­pared: Ben Youngs says Aus­tralia ‘are very clever in how they at­tack’

Ben Youngs has warned Aus­tralia, Eng­land’s quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents, that Ed­die Jones’ side have yet to re­veal their full at­tack­ing hand dur­ing their World Cup cam­paign.

Wales’ vic­tory over Uruguay yes­ter­day con­firmed that Eng­land will face the Wal­la­bies at Oita Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Aus­tralia knocked Eng­land out of their own World Cup in the fi­nal pool match at Twick­en­ham four years ago. Eng­land have since avenged that de­feat with a streak of six vic­to­ries over the Wal­la­bies since Jones took over in Jan­uary 2016.

Youngs, who has only lost once in 10 starts against Aus­tralia, is con­fi­dent that Eng­land can match the at­tack­ing fire­power of the Wal­la­bies, who fin­ished sec­ond in their qual­i­fy­ing pool after a de­feat by Wales at Tokyo Sta­dium. “Aus­tralia are very clever in how they at­tack – you think they are go­ing to do one thing and they do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” said Youngs.

“I have al­ways found them chal­leng­ing in that as­pect. I like the way they play with their at­tack­ing mind­set – and you get chances when they do play. They al­ways have a few things up their sleeve so it is im­por­tant that we prep for that.

“To be hon­est, we haven’t shown a huge amount in any of our games. Against USA and Tonga we kept it low-key. Against Ar­gentina we had more in the play­book but didn’t need to show our hand. We will make sure we are ready to go and have things we haven’t used yet.”

Youngs in­sists Eng­land will not be car­ried away, with the 2011 quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat by a France side that was on the verge of im­plo­sion still a painful mem­ory. Youngs, who is one of just four play­ers in the squad with ex­pe­ri­ence of a World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal, said: “They were deemed to be in tur­moil – my ex­pe­ri­ence is that you can’t read into what hap­pened in the past or even day-to-day.”

He is ex­pect­ing in­ter­est­ing ex­changes be­tween Jones and Wal­la­bies head coach Michael Cheika, two for­mer team-mates at Rand­wick, and great coach­ing ri­vals.

Youngs said: “We can’t con­trol what Aus­tralia are do­ing and they can’t con­trol what we do. We just have to do ev­ery­thing we can to put us in a great po­si­tion next week. I will leave the two coaches at it and watch from afar.”

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