Sheridan calls for discipline
September 20, 2007
England prop Andrew Sheridan has stressed the need for discipline in Saturday's crunch World Cup clash against Samoa.
The Webb Ellis Trophy holders and their opponents are both hovering close to elimination after starting their World Cup campaigns in dismal fashion.
While Samoa - World Cup quarter-finalists in 1995 - are reeling following successive Pool A losses to South Africa and Tonga, England struggled to see off
Samoa will exit the competition if they lose in Nantes this weekend, but England's fate then rests on a Paris meeting with Tonga tomorrow week.
Two players - Leicester team-mates Lewis Moody and Alesana Tuilagi - were sent off when England last faced Samoa at Twickenham in November 2005.
And Sheridan said: ``Discipline is always an area that the coaches stress, and as players we know how to keep our discipline.
``We cannot afford to lose people with yellow cards and all that business.''
Sheridan's principal task will be to spearhead another powerful England scrummaging performance - the one bright light amid a dismal collapse against
He added: ``We were very pleased with the scrum against South Africa.
``We managed to get three turnovers against them, but that's something we need to take into our next game and just be happy with the way things went against
``We will have to wait and see how it pans out on Saturday.
``I always find if you start talking it up in terms of scrummaging, it always comes back and bites you somewhere.
``Just because of previous games and how they've faired in the scrum before, we will be taking it no less lightly than any other team.
``There has obviously been quite a bit of talk about tactics. We don't want to give them the ball and let some of their big runners have a 30-yard run-up.
``So we need to close down their space. As I said, all of their guys seem to be able to run extremely well with the ball and they can be dangerous in open
Samoa, meanwhile, have a major fitness concern surrounding their goalkicker Gavin Williams.
Williams is struggling with a finger injury, and Samoa team manager Kenape Tu'uau admitted: ``I don't think he will be ready for Saturday.''
Samoa's World Cup campaign has been blighted by repeated injury setbacks, and the potential loss of Williams - a full-back or centre - would hit them hard.
Tu'uau added: ``We are just monitoring Gavin for the next day or two.
``His middle finger was showing signs of a fracture, but he has got very good movement in his hand. He's had X-rays and the specialists are working on it.
``We will have to see how he feels. Things are still open until we announce the team, and we hope he will recover quickly.''
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