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Farrell transformed the England defence in the second half.

Super substitute Owen Farrell spares obvious England blushes

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The England rugby side and the most part of an 81,000 crowd breathed a huge sigh of relief after an upset seemed to be on the cards.

Complacency and a lack of discipline struck the England rugby side in the first half as they fell behind to an ambitious Japanese side who took to the Eddie Jones’ side with relentless force.

In fact, the visitors headed down the tunnel at Twickenham 15-10 ahead and left the England team in utter disarray.

They feared that the infamous upset of the 2015 World Cup against South Africa was beginning to take some form.

That was until the second half when a stern England performance eased the worries, abolished the upset, and silenced the critics of what turned out to be a relatively resounding win for the home side.

Many have commemorated this spirited second half performance to the introduction of Owen Farrell.

The second half substitute provided everything that the entire England team put together had lacked in the first half.

He brought power, energy, precision, confidence and execution to his side as they inevitably cruised to a 35-15 victory to spare their quite obvious blushes.

Farrell did not score any points, but rather acted as the talisman of the team that only took the lead with 22 minutes left to play.

England v Japan - Quilter International

He transformed players like George Ford who looked increasingly better in the second half with the surety that Farrell brought when he came on.

In a game of this ilk, England were expected to push and be the side very much on the front foot.

This quickly proved not to be the case as the Japanese heavily pressed the home side throughout the encounter.

Enter Farrell, though, whose introduction brought an overwhelming sense confidence to a shaky England defence.

He pushed his side forward allowing their undeniable quality to show and take its toll on Japan.

The Japanese failed to record a single point through the entirety of the second half. A lot of this credit can be indebted to Farrell’s exemplary performance.

Jones, like the majority of the England supporters, commended Farrell’s performance after the match.

“He did a great job,” emitted Jones. “He is very influential, and his influence will only grow. We need to build more leadership around him.”

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England Rugby
Rugby Union
George Ford
Owen Farrell

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