Johnson blasts sloppy England

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Angry Martin Johnson blasted England for being “sloppy” and warned they will be dumped out of the Rugby World Cup early unless there is an immediate improvement in standards.

The England manager ripped into his squad after they trooped into the changing room having made hard work of beating a Georgia side playing their second game in four days.

“We got the win, so you would think he’d be happy - but he was spewing in there,” revealed Shontayne Hape.

England eventually prevailed 41-10, running in six tries to claim a bonus point and move top of Pool B, but they struggled for long spells in the face of a spirited Georgian assault.

Johnson raged in the coach’s box as England’s discipline let them down again, with 11 first-half penalties helping Georgia boss the opening 40 minutes.

“It is a simple game and at times we made it more difficult and it was sloppy. It just annoys me. I don’t want to be that type of team,” said Johnson. “With those standards then we will go home early.

England face Romania in Dunedin next Saturday.