Rank England's player after their win over Japan

Rex Christensen
November 18, 2018

England coach Eddie Jones said his team needed a change in attitude to turn around Saturday's test against Japan.

"Japan are a hard side to play against if you haven't played them before but I think our second-half response was excellent". "The stats of the first half were probably reversed". The score was 15-10 at half-time, they had 80% possession, 65% territory and eight penalties to one so we were actually in a pretty good position at the break considering that and we just had to find the right way to play in the second half and we did that.

Jones had made 11 changes to the team that went so close to beating New Zealand last week and England certainly looked a different side as Japan ripped through their defence nearly at will, scoring through Ryoto Nakamura and inspirational captain Michael Leitch.

"If they were motivated by certain comments, then the comments have done the job because we had a great game of rugby, it sorted us out a little bit, made us dig deep and that's what we want".

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The long-shot outsiders had threatened a repeat of their 2015 World Cup upset over South Africa when well-worked tries for Ryoto Nakamura and Michael Leitch rewarded some terrific play and a dominant 40 minutes after England had struck first through a third-minute try from Danny Care. Japan are a hard side to play against if you haven't played against them.

"The way we responded pleased me".

"They had a few things go their way and got back into the game and it became an arm wrestle for a while". "We had some variation which I guess surprised them a bit".

"We're starting to believe that we can take these bigger teams on and that's going to help us next year".

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