England preparation key to not choking in Ireland, claims skipper Robshaw after win
15:55 GMT, 11 February 2013
16:00 GMT, 11 February 2013
England captain Chris Robshaw believes that the way his side nullified the effect of Ireland's 'choke' tackling was key to Sunday's vital win in Dublin.
Irish defenders looked to double up on the ball carrier and swarm their upper body in the tackle, preventing the offload and trying to force a turnover.
It was a tactic that worked brilliantly in their win over Wales last weekend but Robshaw revealed in the Daily Telegraph that England worked hard on countering the threat.
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'We had worked hard last week on combating their choke tackle and for the majority of the time we negated it,' he said.
'It is a real strength of theirs, it gets their crowd and their team going and to nullify that gave us a significant edge.
'The key was in running a little bit lower because if you run upright they are very good at holding you up there. You also have to look after your mates.'
The 12-6 win, which has put England well and truly on course to win this year's Six Nations, looked in the balance when Red Rose flanker James Haskell was sin-binned on 57 minutes for not rolling.
Hitting the target: Owen Farrell scored all of England's points in the win at the Aviva Stadium
Ronan O'Gara slotted the penalty to level the scores at 6-6 and momentum looked to be swinging Ireland's way.
England were heroic with 14 men though, not only holding out but stretching into a six-point lead before Haskell returned.
Robshaw revealed that, again, head coach Stuart Lancaster's meticulous preparation for such events helped England over the line.
'The big test came for us when James Haskell was sent to the sin bin in the second half,' Robshaw added.
'Their crowd had started to get up, their players started to get up and we had to take the sting out of the situation. That is what we did.'