Nick Heath spoke to Sean Fitzpatrick this week about the England performance, New Zealand’s prospects for the Tri-Nations and his triathlon training.
Fitzy was particularly impressed by England’s performance in the 2nd Test and the remarkable improvement shown in one week. “Last week the performance by the forwards was pretty clueless, but this week they really stepped up and gave Youngs an armchair ride.”
“I thought Courtney Lawes was superb and brought a real physicality to the game. Tom Croft brought a new dimension as well and we haven’t seen that since the Lions, and they produced quick ball.”
Hutch was particularly delighted with every single mention of quick ball. “They needed to produce quick ball, and this week they did that. Ben Youngs was then able to distribute, his delivery is outstanding and his quick pass allows Flood time on the ball.”
Funnily enough the sound wasn’t great just as he was singing England’s praises…we thought he might have been making crackly noises himself, but he did seem pretty positive.
He was also very positive about New Zealand’s recent performances, claiming that “New Zealand have started their international year better than any other year.”
“I thought the form in the Super 14 was pretty average from New Zealand teams, but they seem to have got it together in the last couple of weeks and we’re looking good for the Tri-Nations.”
“What was good to see was that the older guys really came through and stepped up, and Dan Carter was probably back to his best form of ’05 which is great to see.”
Whilst he fancied their chances in the Tri-Nations, we couldn’t tempt him with a World Cup prediction unfortunately. “We’ve got a while to go yet, with a whole international season to go, so I’m not getting too excited yet.”
You can listen to the interview in full using the audio player below.
Sean Fitzpatrick is competing in the ITU Hyde Park triathlon to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports over 75 projects worldwide and helps the lives of over one million children – www.laureus.com