Dallaglio: Discipline key
9 Mar 2009
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Former England skipper Lawrence Dallaglio believes Martin Johnson’s men must ‘get smarter’, and quickly, if they hope to beat France this Sunday.
Dallaglio highlighted the ill-discipline that has seen 10 players sin-binned in their four Tests, and said that England’s men need to clean up their act.
A furious Martin Johnson called top referee Wayne Barnes into the England camp after they conceded a staggering 18 penalties in their defeat to Ireland at Croke Park.
“Discipline is one of the key pillars of success,” said Dallaglio. “This England team need to learn quicker than they are. They have to get smarter and Martin knows that.
“The simple answer is that if you want to stop giving penalties away you need to play better. Winning becomes a habit and so can losing.
“England’s record doesn’t make for pleasant reading. We are ranked eighth in the world and have only won two of our last nine matches. At the moment they are learning painful lessons and for some players it might cost them a place in the team.
“Hopefully now the messages are getting on board. England have to cut out the dumb penalties for the foul play and practice like hell on the other ones.
“At the moment they can’t blame anyone but themselves. If they can cut out the penalties and the mistakes they have a decent chance of winning both their remaining games against France and Scotland.
“We need consistency and even though France produced a pretty decent performance against Wales I am confident of England’s chances next weekend.”
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