Cueto sick of try talk
November 17, 2010
England wing Mark Cueto beats Quade Cooper © Getty Images
England wing Mark Cueto is sick of being reminded that he has failed to cross the whitewash in his last 15 Tests.
The Sale flyer put in a top-class performance in England's 35-18 victory over Australia last weekend but again saw the try-scoring headlines snaffled by Northampton's Chris Ashton.
England take on Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday and Cueto is refusing to dwell on what has become a difficult topic.
"I am a big believer that the more I talk about it the less chance I have of scoring," Cueto said. "I have always said I want to score tries. That is what I get the most joy out of doing. I am playing well. It is the one part of my game that wasn't there but I am sure it will come.
"We are winning games and playing well. That is the bottom line. The icing on the cake is me scoring. I am sure it will come. I am sick of talking about it."
While he did not get on the scoresheet against the Wallabies, Cueto enjoyed an outing in which he was able to make big gains against some brittle defence. His surge and offload opened the door for Ashton's opening try in the first-half.
"It was one of those days where everything just seemed to click," he said. "From my point of view, every time I got the ball I felt I would beat people and make yards. Those days don't come around too often."
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