Richard Ferguson

England peaking at the right time?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Nov 2010 at 09:21
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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?


  • One swallow doth not a Summer make.

    Seriously though, was an awesome performance. The 9, Youngs, is a lot like Hougaard, and guys like Hape and Ashton add penetration to compliment the forwards power and Flood’s calm control.

    Good balance, and if they continue in this vain, they will certainly make the knock-offs.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.11.10 09:31:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) :

    The knock-offs? hehe.. Are they a bunch of fakers?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.11.10 09:34:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    Oops! Knock-outs it is.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.11.10 09:38:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Much improved that they are. Aussies were due a miss. Beaten the Boks, All Blacks and Wales. Still growing.

    Still think its between AB’s, Boks and France. I think the Wobblies tight 5 is just not up to RWC playoff type intensity.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.11.10 11:44:16 by Sportbilly Reply

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  • “One swallow doth not a Summer make”

    Two swallows if you count the 2nd test down under in June and if they keep on playing this well, I don’t think the Lillywhites will ever want to see another summer. Something clicked back in June , Johnson’s seen the light of playing more expansive rugby. They are no longer a 1 dimensional side. Their cohesion and vision on attack are impressive. This result was clearly a case of England playing well and not Aus playing badly.
    I’ve watched Cueto have some good matches when he first came onto the test scene (many summers ago), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as hungry or as productive as he was on Sat. He was outstanding.
    Hopefully we’ll bring our A game to Twickenham in a couple of weeks time. Anything less could have disastrous consequences.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.11.10 12:20:05 by beet Reply
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  • The best performance by a English side ever … other than that WC final.. :mrgreen:

    We are going to have to be at our very best to beat these guys thats for sure.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.10 12:23:35 by CSB Aplon's Biggest Fan ! Reply

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  • how can you be happy with when you have been brilliant in your last 2 performances and still lose a game???

    i think it will be close depending what team we decide to field v the Poms…

    as for the RWC…they should make the semi along with the tri nations sides but stranger things have happened…like them winning the RWC…

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.10 13:52:01 by Barrel Reply

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  • Played well the Poms. They keep it up and the Boks will be getting a hiding later this month.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.11.10 13:57:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • Alberts MUST play against the Poms

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.11.10 14:05:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • They also have a couple of injuries and when Wilkinson returns they will be more potent on attack.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.11.10 14:23:07 by Honey Badger Reply

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