Easter warning for England flops

FURIOUS Nick Easter warned heads will roll if England fail to beat Australia in Sydney next Saturday.

The Harlequins number eight has run out of patience with learning the lessons from one painful defeat after the next. Easter insisted the excuses ended on Saturday, when England blew their best chance of beating the Wallabies on Australian soil since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

England crushed the Australian scrum and earned two penalty tries, but offered nothing else as the Wallabies’ vastly superior attacking game carried them to a 27-17 victory in Perth.

Easter insisted the time to deliver has arrived as he said: “I imagine there will be changes if we lose again next week because we can’t go on like that.

“Our standards have got to be higher than that. I’m sick and tired of being on the wrong end of results.

“I’m as annoyed as I have ever been after an England game, especially when we got it back to 21-17 and the game was ours for the taking.

“From there top class and world-beating sides would have closed out the game.”

AUSTRALIA: J O’Connor; D Loane, R Horne, B Barnes, D Mitchell; Q Cooper, L Burgess; B Daley, S Faingaa, S Ma’afu, D Mumm, N Sharpe, R Elsom (capt), D Pocock, R Brown.

Replacements: K Beale for O’Connor (74), J Slipper for Daley (66), M Chisholm for Mumm (69), M Hodgson for Pocock (78).

ENGLAND: B Foden; M Cueto, M Tindall, S Hape, C Ashton; T Flood, D Care; T Payne, S Thompson, D Cole, S Shaw, T Palmer, T Croft, L Moody (capt), N Easter.

Replacements: J Wilkinson for Tindall (73), B Youngs for Care (59), D Wilson for Payne (68), G Chuter for Thompson (69), C Lawes for Shaw (60), J Haskell for Moody (66).

Referee: N Owens (WRFU).

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