Courtney Lawes insists England should keep away from “peaking too early” forward of the Rugby World Cup and drawing too closely on their fury on the remedy of Owen Farrell after they face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Steve Borthwick railed towards the “personal attacks” on Farrell following a disciplinary panel’s choice to downgrade his purple card towards Wales to a yellow, thereby sparing him a suspension.
England have nonetheless withdrawn their captain from the highlight forward of his enchantment listening to early subsequent week by revising their plans to choose him in midfield for the Aviva Stadium showdown.
Instead, Lawes leads the underdogs into their penultimate match earlier than the World Cup begins aware that, whereas the squad are indignant on the assaults on Farrell, the principle occasion has but to start.
“This is an interesting adversity because it’s an individual player and we’re not in the World Cup yet, so we can’t peak too early,” Lawes mentioned.
“You’ve got to be careful of that – checks and balances and all that kind of stuff. But we can certainly tap into it a bit because it’s a big game and is important to us.
“We’re looking to win but the main thing for us is that we actually put our talent, effort and hard work on to the pitch.
“The last 10 weeks of pre-season have been pretty gruelling and we want to show what we’ve been working on.
“That’s been the frustrating thing for us in the last two games – we just haven’t performed as well as we know we can.
“We lost a game and went close to losing another. At some point it will click for us and that’s when people will see the amount of hard work we’ve put in.”
An space of England’s sport that wants pressing addressing is the collapse in self-discipline that nearly value them victory towards Wales final Saturday.
Henry Arundell, Freddie Steward, Ellis Genge and Farrell had been sin-binned for quite a lot of offences, with the Saracens fly-half’s yellow card then upgraded to a purple by the bunker assessment system.
At one level England had been lowered to 12 males and, whereas they managed to intestine out a 19-17 victory the laborious manner, Lawes doesn’t need to see a repeat.
“We had a few silly cards that you really don’t want to get in Test match rugby,” Lawes mentioned. “We’ve really been on the discipline from day one in camp, talking about how important it is at the World Cup.
“It was disappointing to get so many cards and give away so many penalties last week. It’s something we’re constantly working on and hammering down.
“We can’t afford those kinds of mistakes against Ireland. You’re not going to go a season without a card, but to the best of your ability you’ve got to be smart and streetwise with your actions.
“Even in those split seconds you’ve got to have a cool head and hopefully make the right decisions at the right time.”