Former rugby star says England are trying too hard

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 7:03pm

By Francis Whiteley

George Chuter says handling remains a problem for Eddie Jones' men

England continued their good start to the 2019 World Cup with a 45-7 win over USA, scoring seven tries in the process.

Eddie Jones made ten changes from the side who beat Tonga and still managed to win comfortably, with many hailing this result as a testament to England's strength in depth.

Joe Cokanisaga, who scored two tries, and Jonathan Joseph were among those who impressed, with the mercurial George Ford winning Man Of The Match.

But there were still some handling problems throughout the side, which was also a problem against Tonga. Speaking to Love Sport Radio, former England hooker George Chuter said Eddie Jones' men could be letting the pressure get to them.

"It's quite sticky and humid out there so the ball gets sweaty and wet. I think maybe they're trying too hard, they're trying to impress and you almost take your eye off the ball before you catch it".

"Someone like Cokanasiga likes to hold it one handed, likes to hold it like a loaf of bread, and maybe he could be a bit more secure".

But Chuter was in little doubt that Jones will iron out the creases.

"I don't think it's an epidemic, and I don't think it's a huge problem. It's not something we've been guilty of for a few years. It's just a bit of World Cup nerves, and a slight lack of concentration.

And the former Hooker has every faith in this England team's World Cup chances.

"The world cup is about building momentum. We've got two wins, and they'll be quite happy. They've got to play better, and they need to play better, but they know that - and they'll get there".

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