QBE Internationals: Marland Yarde keen to build on Australia victory against Argentina

Last Updated: 06/11/13 8:28am

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Marland Yarde: Twickenham debut was 'amazing'

Marland Yarde: Twickenham debut was 'amazing'

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England new boy Marland Yarde is desperate to be involved against Argentina this week after describing his Twickenham debut against Australia as 'amazing'.

The London Irish wing, who scored two tries on his England debut against the Pumas in June, was given his first home start in the 20-13 victory last Saturday.

Only a desperate covering tackle from Adam Ashley-Cooper denied Yarde a try and he is keen to kick on in the second QBE International on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

"It was an amazing experience, even during the warm-up I just wanted to take the atmosphere in, running out before the anthems was amazing as well," said Yarde, who only made his London Irish debut in September 2011.

"It was a fantastic day, not just for me but for my family as well. Really enjoyed it and I was really happy we were able to come away with a win as well."

And Yarde is adamant the togetherness of the England squad is key to their fine start, despite only having a short time to prepare for the Autumn series which culminates with a Twickenham showdown against New Zealand on Saturday, November 16.


"There's real self-belief in the squad anyway. We've been together for two weeks, and we knew Australia would be very creative as they've played with each other since the last tour.

"The first half was a bit stop-start but going into the second half we went up a few gears and managed to squeeze a couple of tries as well.

"After half-time it showed the character within the squad, the real belief that we weren't going to chase the game too early, we were just going to stick to our systems.

"We knew that if we played to the best of our abilities and we played our patterns in the way we wanted to play them we'd give ourselves a good chance of doing well.

"Fortunately we were able to get two quick tries in the first 20 minutes and we could sort of not chase the game then.

"It was an awesome experience and the attention now turns to Argentina this weekend.

"They are one of the best scrum sides in the world. They've shown in the Rugby Championship they can be very competitive with the any team in the world on their day.

"We know if we play how we did in the first half then that's going to feed into their hands and give them the chance of winning.

"So we need to make sure we play the high intensity that they play at and we know we have a real good chance at winning the game.

"We're not about a clean sweep. We don't think too far ahead as it's very important for us all to take each games as it comes."

You can follow England's progress in the QBE Internationals when they take on Argentina live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 2.30pm this Saturday.

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