ENGLAND are yet to show their hand in this Six Nations — and that makes the win over Scotland more important.
You have to view it as a huge positive. When I saw the conditions it became all about the win and not the performance.
In an international stadium, it is some of the worst weather I have seen. England got through it with four points, and should be heading into their Ireland clash with a lot of enthusiasm and a desire to finally play the rugby we know they can.
They were second best against France and were handicapped by the weather against Scotland.
Ireland, on the other hand, have shown what they are about with wins against Scotland and Wales.
The big clash in two weeks for the two teams sets up similarly to the World Cup final.
Whereas South Africa when heading into the final had not really shown anything by losing to the All Blacks in the group stages and struggling past Wales in a dour match in the semis, they then were close to unbeatable in the final.
England, much like Ireland have been so far in this Six Nations, showed their full capabilities especially in the semis against New Zealand so South Africa knew the what to expect.
That’s exactly what I would be thinking and planning for the boys in the England camp with this upcoming break. We are in South Africa’s position this time.
These two weeks they need to prepare in the best possible way for a game that keeps their hopes of doing anything in this Championship alive.
Yes, Ireland have been very impressive with Andy Farrell at the helm, but they have no hidden talents or secret weapons. England will know exactly what to expect.
It’s all about stopping that and putting on a performance of their own at Twickenham.
At Murrayfield, they were under a lot of pressure to deliver and on this occasion Eddie Jones’ decisions in terms of team selection were vindicated.
Especially by going with a forwards-heavy bench, and bringing on the likes of Ellis Genge who went on to play brilliantly and grab the winner.
Genge received a bit of criticism for his post-match interview while swigging a beer, but those were just from people wanting their opinion heard.
We talk about not having enough characters in the game but he is one of them and we need to let him be his own man.
He has put himself through so much hard work to achieve what he has in his career so far, so let him celebrate with a few sips.
I would still like to see Tom Curry play in his actual, best position but he showed his class with a highly disruptive performance alongside Sam Underhill. Bringing George Kruis in alongside Maro Itoje was important after struggling with the lineout away in France and it ended up proving invaluable with hookers struggling with the wind.
We were fantastic defensively and it was as good as we could have hoped for in attack.
What you did see is how adaptable England can be. Systems and shapes go out the window in those conditions. It is just about who blinks first.
It sets up the clash in two weeks’ time perfectly. Let’s hope for a nice dry day so both sides can display their best.