Maro Itoje After winning the match against France, he still believes he can “push the needle” to see him maintain an aggressive playing style while staying to the right of the referee. ..
More than four minutes after the Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Saturday, Saracens’ locks were strengthened, England won 23-20 and France rejected the Grand Slam.
This was a particularly enjoyable moment for Itoje, who was threatening to become a poster boy on the issue of persistent discipline in England. The last 40-24 defeat to Wales allowed five penalties, ending expectations for the champion’s success. defense.
In contrast, he infringed France only once, England coach Eddie Jones suggested that the British and Irish Lions line was targeted by the referee, and Itoje was his official. He admitted that he needed to change his view.
“I had a little awareness of my game and how I played it, and I’m working hard to change that perception,” Itoje said.
“If you give five penalties, the referee will hear the outside sound that Maro Itoje gives a lot of penalties. Everything has an effect.”
The 26-year-old, who was nominated as a Lions captain candidate to face world champion South Africa in this year’s series, added: How can you bring it to your team and influence the game?
“But at the same time, I want to change that perception. It’s just about making better decisions. I need to better understand and read the referee.
“Of course, I don’t want to lose the bite and I don’t want to lose the edge. I believe my thinking makes me a player. I want to be in conflict as much as possible.
“At the same time, I have to pass the needle more effectively. It’s a step in the right direction because I didn’t give too much to France.”
Itoje’s attempt is the third in 47 England tests, and the Jones men have won two in four Six Nations games prior to the March 20 tournament finale in Ireland.
“My attempt isn’t that clean,” Itoje said.
“I think it was a pick and go and I didn’t scream or scream, but we’re still happy with it.”
Regarding the performance of England as a whole, Itoje said, “It’s definitely not the gold standard, but I believe we were better and it was a little more than we wanted as a team.”
England’s Itoje aims to maintain the edge
SourceEngland’s Itoje aims to maintain the edge