Mako Vunipola has warned his England teammates that they must improve otherwise Australia will “take them apart” this weekend.
England defeated Argentina 21 – 8 last weekend in their autumn series opener. Nathan Hughes and Semesa Tokoduguni scored the only tries of the game in a performance full of errors at Twickenham. Now Vunipola has warned that they must improve ahead of facing the Wallabies.
— Mako Vunipola (@Mako_Vunipola) September 20, 2016
Speaking earlier in the week he said, “It shouldn’t happen again. The team Australia are at the moment and the form they are in, they will take you apart if you don’t have that cohesiveness. We are obviously pleased to get a win against a good side but we know we could have played a lot better. There was a lack of patience but also accuracy. We have to learn from it”
However, he said that the team has a point to prove against Australia and that they are looking forward to the challenge.
Australia have extended their unbeaten streak to seven games by defeating Wales and Vunipola is hoping to end it.
Speaking to Sky Sports News he said, “We realise how good a team Australia are. We know we have to step up from the week before. We’re excited about the challenge they pose. A lot of people are saying we didn’t play as well as we could last week so it’s up to us to raise that level. We did our preview on them. They’re playing some good rugby and we know how big the challenge is us for this week. But for us the key is to focus on ourselves.”
Meanwhile Eddie Jones has said, “We’re hoping Australia bring their absolute best game. And see where we’re at. We’ve got a very clear vision of how we want to play against Australia. It should be fun.”