Unwanted winger scores scorcher the day after Boks batter England
As one of the many wingers that are currently being overlooked by Eddie Jones at the moment, London Irish’s Ollie Hassell-Collins sent the perfect message on Sunday after England’s lifeless loss the day before.
Up against the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions Leicester Tigers, the 23-year-old lit up Welford Road early in the second half with a try from well inside his own half. That was quite a message to send the day after England slumped to a 27-13 loss against the Boks, where they offered absolutely no threat in attack.
Take a look at the try:
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Despite some heroics like this, London Irish were not able to get the win, as they fell 33-31, picking up two bonus points in the process. The loss leaves them at the bottom of the Premiership table still.
“We gave away too many points in that first half and we had to come back from a big hole,” Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney said.
“We are not far away from winning games as we’ve had six games away in our eight fixtures and it’s only at Sale that we didn’t perform. We’ve picked up five points in our last four away games.
“So we are knocking on the door, but we need to put together a full 80-minute performance and then the results will come.
“We made too many errors early on, but after that it was nip and tuck and we were unlucky not to go away with more than two points.
“There were tough marginal calls in the game, but I’m more concerned about dealing with our poor start, but we showed once again we never give in, which is something you can’t coach.
“I’d gladly take a 3-0 win and although we will never celebrate a loss, we secured a handy two points today.”