Underhill proud of England performance

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England flanker Sam Underhill has spoken of the emotion he felt playing at Twickenham Stadium for the first time in the NatWest 6 Nations against Wales last Saturday.

The 21-year-old, who has five caps, came on at half-time in the 12-6 win over the Welsh as England made it two wins from two in the competition this season.

“It was a first home Six Nations game for me so it was a very proud moment," said the Bath back row. "I’m glad I got some decent time out there and I very much enjoyed it."

Underhill produced one of the standout moments of the match with a try-saving tackle on Wales centre Scott Williams in the corner.

But he has played down his role in the one-arm tackle saying it was all part of his job.

“You can look at the technique behind it but it’s a very rare occurrence," he added. "It’s the same with most tackles as it’s the intent to get there, your attitude and the work you do before that to get there I guess.

“I remember slipping over and then sheer panic and I thought I should peg it to the corner just because I’ve slipped over and they had an overlap.

“I’m glad I made it there in time, I wish it was more than that but it obviously wasn’t."

Right direction

After the bonus-point win over Italy in the opening weekend of the championship, it was a much tighter affair at The Home of England Rugby against the Welsh, and Underhill said he could feel a rise in the quality.

“The intensity ramped up, this is my first Six Nations but in general every time we meet we’re trying to push ourselves in training and raising the intensity," added Underhill.

“We’re going in the right direction and it definitely feels a lot more intense every time I’ve come into camp and every time I’ve been involved."

Although England did not score a point in the second 40 minutes, the defence put in a huge effort stopping Wales from crossing the try line and Underhill added they were confident given the way they had prepared.

“It was about sticking to our systems, we obviously knew they were trying to play wide so tactically we said we’d leave the breakdowns alone to give ourselves some better width," he said.

“Obviously there is an element of emotion in any game, especially during the Six Nations and against Wales, but for us it’s attention to detail and focusing so all I was really looking at was my role."


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