England’s Stuart Lancaster praises ‘mature’ Red Rose display

England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he was happy with the Red Rose's "mature" performance in a 20-13 win against Australia

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster Photo: The Sport Review

Stuart Lancaster praised the maturity of his side after their 20-13 victory over Australia on Saturday.

Fly-half Owen Farrell scored the decisive try for the Red Rose and also kicked ten points in a thrilling second-half showing from the hosts – perfection preparation for next year’s Six Nations.

Chris Robshaw also got in on the act for England with an opportunistic effort, but it was the likes of debutant Joel Tomkins, No.8 Billy Vunipola – who was making his first Test start – and wing Marland Yarde who particularly impressed Lancaster.

“We stayed patient, we didn’t chase the scoreboard, we built pressure and deserved the win,” he said.

“You never know how youngsters playing for the first time at Twickenham are going to deal with the situation but I was delighted with their maturity.

“Billy controlled the base of the scrum really well, he wasn’t fazed by the occasion. Marland showed power and physicality and was enthusiastic to get his hands on the ball and Joel defended really well at 13.

“This is an Australia side that has been together since before the Lions tour and we have got a formidable challenge in Argentina, who have been together throughout the Rugby Championship.

“So we’ve got to roll our sleeves up, learn, improve on this performance and get another win.”

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