Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Autumn internationals as they happened


  • Awards of the day
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    Best team performance: For 68 minutes Wales were tremendous, but this will have to go to Ireland after they took a second southern hemisphere scalp inside a month.
    Best individual performance: I'm going to give this to George Ford, Yes, it was 'only' Samoa, and yes, it was not perfect. But he showed enough in his first start to suggest he is the future for England at fly-half.
    Biggest (ruled to be legal) hit: Filo Paulo on George Ford
    Most resilient tackle bag: George Ford (see above)
    Best try: Tommy Bowe's gem of an interception for Ireland against Australia
    Most impressive team in history: The All Blacks, perhaps?
  • Schadenfreude corner
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    For those needing a little boost after a trying day, can I just point out that France are losing 15-3 to Argentina at half-time.
  • Full-time reaction

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    More from England coach Stuart Lancaster, speaking on Sky Sports: "I thought Samoa were very, very good in the intensity they brought to the contact area.
    "When we look back there were one or two opportunities to score there at the end that we didn't take.
    "We've got to make sure we finish well for this series as Australia will be a big game for us next week."
  • Full-time reaction

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    England coach Stuart Lancaster speaking on Sky Sports: "It feels good to get a win and it has been a long time.
    "There's still areas we need to improve on and I think we recognise that."
  • Full-time reaction

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    More from England fly-half George Ford speaking to Sky Sports: "We had some good meetings in the week and worked hard on where we needed to.
    "There was some OK stuff from me out there today, but there's a lot I need to improve on still.
    "I think we'll get better the more we train and the more we work together.
    "It was massive for us to get a win today coming off the back of two losses.
    "It will be another big week and we'll work hard again as it'll be a huge test against Australia next week."
  • Full-time reaction

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    England fly-half George Ford speaking on Sky Sports: "I think we got there in the end.
    "Samoa are a very physical side and came out flying and I don't think we coped with that to start."
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    Samoa captain David Lemi speaking on Sky Sports: "We learned a lot from this game today.
    "I think the scoreboard reflected our discipline and I'm really proud of the effort the boys put in today.
    "We came here on this tour to work hard and put in some preparation ahead of next year's World Cup."
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    More from England captain Chris Robshaw on Sky Sports: "We still feel we left a couple of opportunities out there.
    "But, a lot of stick has come our way in the last week so credit to the guys for keeping it together.
    "It will be a step-up next week and a very expansive game and Australia will make for a great game."
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    England captain Chris Robshaw on Sky Sports: "We want to thank the Samoan guys for the way they played, it made for a lovely spectacle.
    "It's great to get a win, it's a very results-based industry. It was great to play a game here at night."
  • Full-time score summary

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    England:
    Tries: May (2), Brown
    Cons: Ford (2)
    Pens: Ford (3)
    Samoa:
    Pens: T Pisi (3)
  • Paul Grayson

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Full-time reaction

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    "Stuart Lancaster will be happy England won and ended a losing run.
    "In terms of the performance, there were some bright points. Samoa played some enterprising rugby and put England under pressure.
    "England had a chance to really rack up some points in the second half, but they didn't approach it with an attacking mindset."
  • Full time

    England 28-9 Samoa
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    And that's that.
    Good and bad from England, but they won comfortably enough against a competitive Samoa side.
    George Ford looked good on his first start at fly-half and the usual suspects grafted hard, while the scrum and line-out were as dominant as expected and Jonny May confirmed he can most definitely finish.
    But Owen Farrell must have left the pitch with a heavy heart - will he start against the Wallabies next Saturday?
  • England 28-9 Samoa
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    Here comes the final play... and England win a scrum against the head.
    Oh, agonies for England!
    They go left then right and George Ford shows his superb footwork and uncanny ability to manipulate space as he dances through the Samoa defence, but the thundering Davie Attwood cannot take the scoring pass.
  • Paul Grayson

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live
    England 28-9 Samoa
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    "A nightmare scenario for Samoa having put every player in the line-out.
    "It was then an overthrow from the hooker.
    "But Marland Yarde dithered there on the break-away and England should have scored."
  • England 28-9 Samoa
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    England have the chance to go coast to coast after stealing a Samoa attacking line-out, but Marland Yarde holds on too long and his pass to Mike Brown goes forward. You sense the All Blacks would have scored that.
    Australia too probably - they're up next week for England by the way.
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