Ashton : England can only blame themselves

Saracens winger Chris Ashton admitted that England have only themselves to blame after they lost 14-20 to Australia at Twickenham as they did not take their opportunities.


The defeat on Saturday jeopardised England’s chances of being named among the top seeds in next month’s draw for the 2015 World Cup, and Ashton feels that a positive result was within the hosts’ grasp.


Although Australia bossed proceedings for the first 60 minutes, England took control in the final quarter of the match but were unable to transform their territorial advantage into points.


Captain Chris Robshaw ignored four opportunities to kick for goal as England sought the try that would have turned the match around.


Ashton supported his skipper’s decisions, but said England were simply not sharp enough.


“I think we cost ourselves the game,” said the Saracens wing.


“We had enough possession in their 22 and we just didn’t take our chances. I think the right decisions were made from those penalties. I thought we had them but we just couldn’t find that finishing pass.


“Toby Flood tried to find me through the back and if the pass had gone to hand, I would have been through a hole. And then Thomas Waldrom dropped the ball over the line.


“You have to take your chances. Our attack was better (than in last weekend’s 54-12 win over Fiji), but we are lacking that clinical edge.


“We put ourselves in a position to win that game and that was the frustrating thing.”

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