Lancaster knows England must improve for Australia
ESPN Staff
November 24, 2014
Stuart Lancaster watches over England's warm-up against Samoa at Twickenham © Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster admits England need to improve their performance if they are to beat Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

England ended a five-match losing streak - their longest in six years - by beating Samoa 28-9 on Saturday but, after defeats to New Zealand and South Africa, a win against Australia is crucial just months from a home World Cup. Lancaster's team often exhibited the same tactical naivety and profligacy in the victory over Samoa as they had in defeat to Southern Hemisphere giants All Blacks and Springboks.

"We have a youthful exuberance about us when it comes to wanting to play a bit, but as the weather closed in we needed to put the ball in the right areas," Lancaster said. "Overall, the ability to play in the right areas of the field against a side like Australia will be important and we need to improve in that area.

"I would have taken coming away with that final scoreline at the start of the day. It will relieve some of that pressure from the outside, but equally we'll be pretty disappointed with some elements of our game. We know we need to improve to beat a quality side like Australia."

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