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Sunday, November 15, 2009

England booed but come up with win over Argentina

England booed but come up with win over Argentina

England were booed by their home crowd at Twickenham on Saturday after a disorganised Argentina team stayed in the match to only go down 16-9 in the end.

A week ago England lost to Australia, and this performance against the South Americans has disappointed the expectant fans.

England coach Martin Johnson has since admitted that the fans were justified in being vocal about the teams performance.

"I think we probably deserved it. Errors really hurt us. We had far too many. At times we could have kept the ball in hand but didn't," he said.

"We kicked poorly, we didn't chase well and they put the pressure back on us. It ultimately comes down to finding a way to win the game which we did. We have got to improve for next week. We can't produce a performance like that again. It wasn't good.

"At times the crowd had every right not to be happy. A lot of them kept with us and that was great."

"Jonny Wilkinson made couple of errors more than normal but his presence steadies the team. That is what veteran players do."

Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, whose team plays Wales next weekend, indicated that England were predictable. "We analysed how England were going to play and it didn't surprise us. It will be even tougher at the Millennium Stadium.

"We put England under pressure. Our defence was really, really good. I am just disappointed that, from one little mistake, we ended up losing the game.

Centre Gonzalo Tiese was disappointed with the loss but proud of how the team played.

"England have been together for three weeks. We just met up and had to go through every aspect of the game briefly because we didn't have enough time.

"We had a smart game plan. We played some smart rugby. We controlled the game for long periods of time. We have a good base now and hopefully with an extra week we can improve a lot," he said.


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