Rugby: Lawes looks at positives after England loss

England's Courtney Lawes looks on as teammate Sam Underhill races clear to score a try which is then

England's Courtney Lawes looks on as teammate Sam Underhill races clear to score a try which is then ruled out for an offside after a TMO decision (pic Adam Davy/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Hackney-born rugby star Courtney lawes believes England can take a lot of positives from their exceptional performance against New Zealand, writes Ziad Chaudry.

England came agonisingly close to topping the current World champions at a rain-drenched Twickenham, going down 16-15.

But the hosts were denied what could well have been a match-winning try by flanker Sam Underhill four minutes from time as it was controversially ruled out after television replays showed that Lawes was judged to be narrowly offside.

Tries from Chris Ashton and co-captain Dylan Hartley saw England storm into a stunning 15-0 lead after 25 minutes before the mighty All Blacks rallied together and claimed a dramatic victory.

“We really showed what kind of dominance we can put on a team even as good as New Zealand,” said the 29-year-old flanker who plays his club rugby for Gallagher Premiership outfit Northampton Saints.

You may also want to watch:

“Any other given day we could have won that game. A bit disappointed not to win but we’ll move on and we’ll get better from it. We have plenty of positives, plenty of stuff to go on and continue improving.”

And Lawes gave his thoughts on his involvement which lead to Underhill’s disallowed try.

Most Read

“I was just trying to keep focus on the next shot and I thought the next shot will obviously be the conversion but that quickly changed but such as rugby, you just get on with it,” he added.

England continue their Quilter Autumn Internationals campaign against 2019 World Cup hosts Japan this Saturday at Twickenham. Tickets are available at or you can catch all the action on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event from 2pm.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus