England's form thrills Moore

21 February 2019 06:29:06 EST
Eddie Jones has guided England to wins against Ireland and France.

Ex-England hooker Brian Moore believes that winning the gain line battle has allowed the national team to become a dominant force once again.

Following victories in the 2016 and 2017 Six Nations, the Red Rose were disappointing a year later, finishing the campaign in fifth position after just two wins.

They have already matched their points tally from the previous season after comfortably defeating both Ireland and France.

With Eddie Jones selecting a nice balance to his side, with a number of forwards able to carry in traffic, Moore insists that it has made a huge difference.

"This to me is the basis of everything," he said. "England have had problems at the breakdown because quite a lot of the time they're playing off static ball, players who are one-out runners are getting double tackled and being held up, and any side struggles with that.

"The variety they've now brought in to the way they take the ball into contact has given them a new perspective because they are not being tackled two-on-one, three-on-one, it's one-on-one and when you have big powerful runners like they do have now, and they're all available, that gives you options.

"It makes it difficult, and I don't care who you are, to defend because your defensive running lines are that crucial two yards longer - it doesn't sound a lot but it is.

"If you do that successively, eventually people run out of players, there are mismatches and then you've got to recognise that and execute it. Not only have England done that through the hands, they've kicked early when they've needed to and exploited the gaps there."

England, 4/9 to beat Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, are available at 6/5 to win the Six Nations title this year.

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