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‘Hurting’ England pack aiming to ‘get things right’ against South Africa

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Jamie George believes a confrontation with South Africa offers the perfect opportunity for England’s pack to rediscover their edge after being bullied by New Zealand.George has revealed that the red rose are “hurting” after being outmuscled in a 25-25 draw, particularly during a passive first half in which the All Blacks established a 19-point lead.South Africa complete the Autumn Nations Series at Twickenham on Saturday and George views the clash with the world champions as the ideal stage for forwards looking to snarl once again.“That’s been the talk all week,” George said. “It’s the perfect test for us as a front five off the back of a poor performance against New Zealand.“The way we scrummaged and mauled is not the England standard and we’re fully aware of that.“Players have been really accountable to that and what better than testing yourself against one of the best packs in the world?“We’ve got a lot of respect for them but we’re hurting from our performance at the weekend and we want to make sure we get things right.”England started the week with a period of soul-searching as they sought an explanation for the dismal first half that was followed by stunning fightback, sparing head coach Eddie Jones a more vigorous inquest into what went wrong.Rather than Jones or his coaching lieutenants orchestrate the response against South Africa, George revealed the players have taken control.“A lot of things this week have been more player-led,” the Saracens and Lions hooker said. “Kyle Sinckler said he wants to do more scrum set-ups and when you hear your tighthead talking about that, that gives you a huge amount of confidence.“It’s little things like that.

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