Joe Worsley says the Springboks will feel the full force of England’s pent-up frustration at Twickenham on Saturday.
The No 6 flank, who earned a recall to the national squad after a hamstring injury, has been taken aback by the mood in the camp.
“There is an undertone of anger and frustration I’ve never noticed before in an England squad,” Worsley told the London Evening Standard. “I’m glad we’re able to play so quickly [after the defeat to Argentina] because you don’t want those kind of emotions stewing in your head for any length of time.
“The guys are looking at themselves and asking ‘How can I put this right?’ At the end of the day, we let ourselves down.”
Worsely has been selected to take the ball over the advantage line and knock the Boks back in the tackle — a role he relishes.
“I know what’s required and, to be honest, it’s fun running around smashing into people and taking the ball into contact,” he says. “Defence has always been a strong part of my game and I’ve also been concentrating on getting over the gain line with the ball in my hands or off-loading to a supporting runner. It’s about making the hard yards and that’s something I look forward to achieving.
“A key part of rugby is being mentally strong and this squad is ready to show we’ve got it against South Africa. I am absolutely confident we can get back on track on Saturday.”