Ellis - Defeat not an option
Second-rower determined to beat Australia
Last Updated: October 28, 2010 5:41pm
Ellis: Determined to win
England second-rower Gareth Ellis has stated that victory is the "only acceptable outcome" against Australia on Sunday.
"We know from the last two times we've played Australia that the lesson is to play for the 80 (minutes)."
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Steve McNamara's side have made a disappointing start to their Four Nations campaign, falling to a 24-10 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington.
And a second straight loss would mean that any hopes they have of reaching the final will be effectively over.
Australia will go into the contest in Melbourne as big favourites but Ellis hopes that the England pack can rise to the occasion and help pull off the upset.
"It's no different to the pressure I am putting on myself to perform. It's probably time for one or two of us to step up and take on a bit of a leadership role," the Wests Tigers player said.
"People speak about our pack a lot and, at the end of the day, we've not won too many. We need to do a little bit more I think and make sure we dominate from the off.
"I know from my point of view I need to step up and lead from the front and probably have one of the best games I've ever had in my life."
Ellis does not have good memories of the last time England took on Australia on their own soil, when the Kangaroos enjoyed a 52-4 thrashing in the 2008 World Cup.
He added: "It still hurts. For big parts of that game I had it in my mind that we were going to win and put everything to right that had gone wrong in the past and we were going to be crowned champions of the world.
"But it wasn't to be and this is the opportunity we've got now to put that right. The only acceptable outcome is a win."
But Ellis knows that England need to be at the top of their game for the full 80 minutes if they are to have any hopes of securing the victory.
"If we learn the lessons from last week's game, we definitely stand a chance," he said.
"We can't afford to see how Australia turn up before we start playing and find ourselves 12 and 16 points behind and try to run them down.
"We need to play every play, we learned that at the weekend. For big parts of the game we were playing well but, if you switch off for one second, you find yourselves behind the posts watching Benji Marshall kick conversions.
"We know from the last two times we've played Australia that the lesson is to play for the 80.
"In the first one we let them get off to a lead and decided to play in the second half and then, in the final, we played well for 60, 70 minutes and let the Aussies take control for the last 10."