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England coach on Ford's 'masterclass'

NEWS: Englands’ defence coach Kevin Sinfield says George Ford produced a ‘masterclass’ and was faultless in Englands’ World Cup victory over Argentina on Saturday.

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Sinfield added that he was disappointed that England conceded a try right at the end of the game, but he said the side showed a bit of what they are about.

“It was a masterclass. He really grabbed hold of the game for us (and) managed it really well,” Sinfield commented.

“He was faultless with the boot. He brings a calmness to us. You want your leaders to step up in a variety of different ways in big games and George certainly did that.

“His relationship and partnership with Freddie (Steward) at the back was special as well in a different way. The pair of them were outstanding and did a really good job.”

“We showed a bit of what we’re about. I still feel there’s lots of improvement in us and I was disappointed to concede at the end, but I thought we did a really professional job.

“We knew that performance was coming and to have to do the vast majority of it with 14 men shows the fight and the spirit that we have spoken about for some time now – however, it hasn’t transferred onto the field for us.

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“We knew it was going to be a challenging game for us. We also knew that Argentina are a fantastic team and they’re going to cause some teams some real issues this World Cup but we got through and we took a step forward yesterday.”

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