England have had two very good games in successive weekends against the two best ranked teams in the world, and will be feeling rather confident ahead of their remaining opponents Samoa and the Springboks.
The Poms recovered from a frustrating loss to the All Blacks, where they lost 16-26, to secure a record breaking win over Australia at the weekend, comprehensively beating them 35-18. And for the first time since the 2003 World Cup Final England have completed back-to-back victories over Australia. Does this mean that Martin Johnson’s forces are peaking in time for a good World Cup?
According to the players, they set out to remind the Southern Hemisphere teams that they can be a team to topple them, and so far they have achieved that. But how much can you really read into it?
The English are in the middle of their season, and their players are still fresh and raring to go. The same can be said for all the other Northern Hemisphere teams, not that they have had as good a time of it so far. Compare this to the Southern Hemisphere teams who are at the end of a long season of Super Rugby, Tri Nations and everything in between.
So I put this question to you the reader… Will England make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup next year? Are they suddenly a force in the rugby arena? Will South Africa come out and bring the English back down to earth?Tweet