South Africa v England: Robshaw eyes rare win in Johannesburg
England captain Chris Robshaw urges his team-mates to secure a rare victory over South Africa in Johannesburg
England skipper Chris Robshaw has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of their crunch clash with South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Defeat would end England’s hopes of winning the series but the Springboks have only lost once in the last ten years at the Johannesburg venue.
It was the British Lions who last took victory at Ellis Park in 2009, but Robshaw is determined for his team to create their own piece of history.
“We went down there for our team run and it was incredible,” he said. “You look around – these are the stadiums you watch on TV and it is so impressive.
“It is where the Lions played their last game and it is so iconic. You run out there and all the players get that feeling of excitement.
“We want to come here and put our mark on history. Of course it is not going to be easy but it is extremely exciting and something every player is looking forward to.”
England’s failure to create chances for their back three last time out was highlighted as a major area of concern and the Harlequins flanker wants an improved performance from his side tomorrow.
“We just need to mix it up a bit more; it is about moving them around. They have got some big guys. But we are focusing on what we are good at,” he added.
“It is about playing at a tempo and controlling that at the right time. It is about having that balance and being able to test them in certain areas.”
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