Tom Wood insists England can bounce back with victory over South Africa

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Tom Wood: Looking for a response against South Africa

Tom Wood: Looking for a response against South Africa

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Back-rower Tom Wood insists England remain in good spirits despite their loss to Australia and are more than capable of bouncing back with victory over South Africa this weekend.

Stuart Lancaster's men went down to a disappointing 20-14 defeat to the Wallabies at Twickenham as they were unable to convert late pressure into points.

Wood, who entered the fray as a 51st minute replacement against Australia, is tipped to start against South Africa and is confident the side can deliver a more clinical display.

"We're still pretty positive, defiant for want of a better word," he told Sky Sports. "We've taken a bit of stick on the back of that loss, but we're still very much in control of what we're doing and happy with where things are going. We've got belief in our squad so we're looking forward to it (the South Africa game)."

Wood was forced to sit out the summer tour to South Africa through injury as England lost the three-match series 2-0.

Valuable experience

However, he feels it proved a valuable experience for Lancaster's emerging team and is hopeful they have learned the lessons of those defeats to the Springboks.

"You can't afford blips within a game, we showed a lot of good stuff out there in South Africa, some guys making their debuts, some new guys to the team really putting their hand up, but there were just some quiet moments in the game where you lose concentration for a second and they make you pay," he continued.

"We know what we're going to get from South Africa, a huge physical challenge. They come alive when they get into your 22 with their big ball-carriers and we've got to keep playing in the right areas of the field to prevent that.

"We can turn things around, it's not a physical thing. We don't have to improve physically, it's just something we have to focus on and switch into and have the sort of reaction the Australians did.

"You can never write anybody off in this game, a week's a long time and we'll look to show that this weekend."

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