Rugby World Cup: Lewsey upbeat over England’s chances

Josh Lewsey believes England's next World Cup game against Romania should be a straightforward affair

Two wins from two games, seven tries scored, one conceded and top of Pool B. When you put it like that, things seem pretty good for England at the Rugby World Cup.

But despite beating Georgia last weekend, there is still a feeling that there were more tries on offer, with Martin Johnson’s men having been criticised for making too many errors, as well as for their off-the-field exploits.

Players such as James Haskell have even gone public in their criticism, with the back row forward saying: “It’s frustrating, at one point I saw we were 8-1 down [on the penalty count] and you can’t even begin to play your game if every time you do something there is a penalty.

“It’s just back foot, tackle, get up, penalty. We’re not going to brush this under the carpet and walk around saying we’ve got two wins, everything is hunky dory, that’s the important thing to stress.”

England’s next Pool B clash is against Romania on Saturday and if other results go their way, a win could secure them first place in the group with a game to spare.

And Former England and Wasps fullback Josh Lewsey believes that game should be a relatively straightforward affair.

“We are the biggest player resourced country in the world, the wealthiest union in the world, Romania are a developing nation,” he said.

“Yes they will be physical, yes they will be combative but ultimately we should put them to the sword and do that well and effectively.”

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