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Moody: Reeling England have a point to prove

Lewis Moody expects “reeling” England to take their frustration out on Italy on Saturday with a “big point to prove” after a Six Nations defeat to Wales that could cost them the title.

England’s Grand Slam bid went up in smoke when they squandered a 10-3 half-time lead to go down 21-13 in Cardiff a fortnight ago.

Eddie Jones’ side offered little to nothing in attack during the second half as Wales hit back to replace them at the top of the table with two rounds remaining.

Moody wants to see England come out firing at Twickenham, where they face an Italy side that has lost 20 consecutive matches in the tournament.

Speaking on behalf of Land Rover, Moody told Omnisport: “Italy are on a road to nowhere, on a long losing run and without a win against England. So, in a sense, England are in a no-win situation because they are expected to hammer them.

“They really will feel they have a big point to prove after what happened in Cardiff, though and there needs to be a massive response.

“The England boys will know they should have won that game. They are a better team than Wales and it was there to be won. It was massively frustrating to watch as they dominated the first half.

“There was a chance to really put a nail in the coffin by getting a try just before half-time but they failed to do that. Wales went in jubilant  then, credit to them, they came out and turned it around.

“England are a better team than Wales and it was a bitter blow to see their Grand Slam hopes ended, it should not have happened and they will be reeling. 

“There should be a response and, although I don’t see Scotland beating Wales, they will face a big test against Ireland, so if England can pick up two bonus-point wins it is still there for them.”

 

Lewis Moody is a Land Rover ambassador. Land Rover shares and understands the values of rugby. @LandRoverRugby.

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