Robshaw: England can create history
June 15, 2012
Chris Robshaw is adamant England can shock the South African faithful © Getty Images
England captain Chris Robshaw has called on his side to create history and keep themselves in the Test series with a win at Ellis Park against the Springboks on Saturday.
The Boks have lost just once at Ellis Park in the last 10 years when they fell to the British & Irish Lions in 2009 in the final Test of the epic series. With England 1-0 down going into match two of three, Robshaw has called on his side to replicate the Lions and shock the South African faithful.
But for England to win and keep alive their hopes of a series win, Robshaw is fully aware of the task ahead of his team - even more so after taking in the stadium during the captain's run on Friday. "We went down there for our team run and it was incredible," Robshaw said. "You look around - these are the stadiums you watch on TV and it is so impressive.
"It is where the Lions played their last game and it is so iconic. You run out there and all the players get that feeling of excitement. We want to come here and put our mark on history. Of course it is not going to be easy but it is extremely exciting and something every player is looking forward to."
England's lack of creativity in attack was singled out for criticism after the first Test and this is an area that Robshaw is looking for his team to improve on. Stuart Lancaster has recalled Toby Flood to the starting lineup for the Test and Robshaw wants his team to vary their attack.
"We just need to mix it up a bit more, it is about moving them around," Robshaw said. "They have got some big guys. But we are focusing on what we are good at. It is about playing at a tempo and controlling that at the right time. It is about having that balance and being able to test them in certain areas."
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