Monday 23 April 2018

Tait: We want to play attacking rugby

Mathew Tait
Mathew Tait

Mathew Tait has urged England to loosen the shackles when they aim for a third consecutive win in this year's RBS 6 Nations against Ireland at Twickenham.

England have come in for much criticism for the style of their 17-12 over Italy a fortnight ago when they were far too conservative, engaging in long kicking exchanges.

Tait, who scored the only try against Italy, said: "The whole group wants to go out and play attacking rugby but we have to make sure we do it at the right time. The coaches are giving us the freedom to go out and do what we want."

He added: "Last week there was too much kicking. That doesn't mean we will be crazy and throw it around when it is not on, but we all want to play an attacking brand of rugby."

England team manager Martin Johnson admitted his side will need to reduce their error count from the Italy game, saying: "We are obviously a work in progress and the good thing is there is so much we can get better. The players understand that.

"I know if we play anywhere near where we can we will be in a competitive game.

"I also know that if we make errors and give the ball back to them, as we did at times against Italy, we will be under a tremendous amount of pressure.

"We have won four on the trot in this competition (over two seasons) and this is a really good game for us to have now.

"We are going against the Grand Slam champions at home, it will be a heck of a game."

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