Farrell: Patience is key for England
Tom Hamilton in Auckland
June 10, 2014
Owen Farrell hopes to start Saturday's Test against New Zealand © Getty Images
Owen Farrell has emphasised the need for patience if Saturday's Test between England and New Zealand becomes another tight affair heading into the closing stages of the game.
England pushed New Zealand all the way last Saturday only to fall to a 78th-minute try from Conrad Smith. It capped off a frantic few minutes for England who had to hold New Zealand at bay after they gained key field position form a quick-tap penalty from Aaron Cruden.
And for Farrell, he believes patience is essential if you are to overcome New Zealand on their own patch.
"To beat New Zealand in the last few minutes you need to be patient," Farrell said. "A try takes only 30 seconds to be scored and that can be done before or after the 80 minutes is up. It's about not panicking, doing what you've done in training and making sure you take your chances."
Farrell missed the first Test due to playing in the Aviva Premiership final but will hope to play some part in Saturday's match in Dunedin and he may start in place of Freddie Burns despite his impressive performance in Eden Park. Farrell has a record of won one, lost one against the All Blacks and he is fully aware of the challenge facing England at the weekend.
"We have a huge amount of respect for them - they're the best team in the world for a reason," he said. "What they've done over the last two years has been unbelievable.
"We want to challenge ourselves against them because ultimately that's where we want to be. But we have a huge sense of self-belief and back ourselves against anybody.
"It's big to win the next game because we're in a series. If we lose the next one we're out. To push it to the end is massive, but it's all about putting our effort into the performance and not worrying about the result too much."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.
Communication error please reload the page.
Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has said any player who spat at him would be "eating his supper through a straw" afterwards
Andy Murray registered a comfortable victory in Great Britain's opening Davis Cup rubber against the United States
Gloucester head coach Laurie Fisher has underlined the magnitude of his team's task against reigning Aviva Premiership champions and runaway leaders Northampton on Saturday
A former-policewoman has been jailed for 22 months after seizing CCTV footage of a street bust-up to be used as a "tool to blackmail" Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard.
Wayne Rooney is desperate to realise his ambition of winning the FA Cup this season
Where does Anthony Davidson's record of 24 Grands Prix without a point rank him?
ESPN talks to Marcus Ericsson about the "pay driver" label, aiming for his first career points and what life was really like as a rookie during Caterham's chaotic final season
Gareth Bale says he has to be sharp in training or the other Real Madrid galacticos will quickly be on his case
Amid the glitz and glamour of modern grand prix racing it can be all too easy to forget about the men and women that keep the wheels turning. The Grand Prix Trust makes sure that's not the case
A spitting contest. Just what football needs to improve its reputation. You can always rely on football to stoop that little bit lower than you expected. Papiss Cisse of Newcastle United and Jonny Evans of Manchester United, who later protested his innoce
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that "someone doesn't like [him]" in a cryptic social media post
Amir Khan is unlikely to face Kell Brook this summer as he looks to negotiate a fight with Miguel Cotto in America
Jose Mourinho has praised his Chelsea team's "warrior" spirit and challenged them to fill their pockets with trophies
Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud have the "mental strength" to spearhead Arsenal's charge for Champions League qualification, according to Arsene Wenger
Luis Suarez is to return to Anfield to play in a charity match arranged by Liverpool
After Nemanja Matic twisted his ankle celebrating Chelsea's League Cup win, ESPN runs down some of the game's most ludicrous injuries
Eight years ago, Steve Bunce was offered the chance of buying a 'share' in Tyson Fury, and it would have been a shrewd investment if he had the money
Who was the 100th man to win a world championship Grand Prix?
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
Paul Butler tells Inside Boxing he turned down the chance of a trial with Liverpool in order to focus on boxing - and it was the right choice