Eng­land's su­perb de­fen­sive ef­fort in the first 20 min­utes

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Rugby -

Eng­land's de­fence in the open­ing 20 min­utes was a de­fi­ant state­ment that went a long way to­wards win­ning the match. They made 37 out of their 40 at­tempted tack­les in seven de­fen­sive sets and fin­ished it 14-3 ahead as Jonny May scored two tries in as many min­utes – the sec­ond of which was af­ter a Tom Curry tackle on David Po­cock forced an er­ror. Aus­tralia threw ev­ery­thing at Eng­land but came up short, with Curry (who made nine tack­les, five of them in the first minute and 43 sec­onds) and Sam Un­der­hill (who made two dom­i­nant tack­les) par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive. Eng­land will need more of the same against New Zealand on Satur­day.

Tom Curry tack­les Jor­dan Pe­taia (tackle no24)

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