New Zealand v England: Owen Farrell urges Red Rose to be patient
New Zealand v England: Owen Farrell urges the Red Rose to be patient ahead of second Test in Dunedin
Owen Farrell has urged England to be patient ahead of the second Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday morning.
The Saracens star watched from the sidelines as the All Blacks secured a 20-15 win Auckland with a 78th-minute try from Conrad Smith after quick thinking from Aaron Cruden to take a tap penalty.
We have a huge amount of respect for them— they’re the best team in the world for a reason
And England’s first choice 10 believes they have to be ready to deliver a knock-out blow at the death if the match is tight again.
“To beat New Zealand in the last few minutes you need to be patient,” Farrell said. “A try takes only 30 seconds to be scored and that can be done before or after the 80 minutes is up.
“It’s about not panicking, doing what you’ve done in training and making sure you take your chances.”
Farrell is among a number of key names expected to be parachuted straight into the starting XV for the pivotal clash, despite Stuart Lancaster’s depleted side pushing the world champions all the way as Leicester-bound outside-half Freddie Burns kicked 12 of England’s points.
And there is a confidence among the squad that they can secure the win to keep the series alive ahead of the final Test in Hamilton on 21 June.
“We have a huge amount of respect for them— they’re the best team in the world for a reason,” he added. “What they’ve done over the last two years has been unbelievable.
“We want to challenge ourselves against them because ultimately that’s where we want to be. But we have a huge sense of self-belief and back ourselves against anybody.
“It’s big to win the next game because we’re in a series. If we lose the next one we’re out.
“To push it to the end is massive, but it’s all about putting our effort into the performance and not worrying about the result too much.”
England should also be boosted by the return of mercurial Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care after he missed the first Test after landing awkwardly on his shoulder in training.
And Farrell is looking forward to resuming his half-back partnership which worked well for the Red Rose in the Six Nations.
“I played in the Six Nations for the first time with Danny and loved it,” he said. “He’s obviously a world-class player and someone who can take any opportunity that comes.
“Not only that but he can make something out of nothing. To be able to play off the back of that is huge. Danny’s a brilliant player.”