Six Nations 2013: England need a more potent attack – Jason Robinson
Six Nations 2013: World Cup winner Jason Robinson says Stuart Lancaster must make his England side a more potent attacking force
World Cup winner Jason Robinson has warned Stuart Lancaster he must make his beaten England side a stronger attacking force.
Robinson, who scored in the victorious 2003 World Cup Final and was also part of the last England team to claim a Six Nations Grand Slam in the same year, was left bitterly disappointed by his country’s defeat by Wales in Saturday’s championship decider in Cardiff.
Wales were 30-3 victors, as Alex Cuthbert scored two tries while England could respond only through a solitary Owen Farrell penalty.
As well as losing the Six Nations title and missing out on a Grand Slam, Lancaster’s men have been criticised for scoring just one try in the last four games of the championship, and Robinson, speaking at the Rosslyn Park 7s as an HSBC ambassador, insists improvements are needed.
“It’s a horrible statistic to have only scored one try in the last four games,” said Robinson, who scored 30 tries for England.
“The days of just turning up and relying upon a good set-piece and penalties to get you goals are long gone.
“If you want to win the big prizes you have got to have a team that can create something.
“Failure is part of success and sometimes you have to go through these things to make you stronger.
“England and Stuart Lancaster made a massive turnaround but in order to really kick on we need to get this attacking side to our game right.
“As an ex-player who loved to take people on, that is what I want to see more from the England team.”