Saint Dickson enjoying England’s attacking approach

ATTACKING INTENT - Lee Dickson has been impressed with England's approach to their tour of South America
ATTACKING INTENT - Lee Dickson has been impressed with England's approach to their tour of South America
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Lee Dickson is enjoying England’s new attacking mindset, which underpinned their 32-3 victory over Argentina and points to an exciting future.

England scored four tries in Salta, with the likes of Freddie Burns, Billy Twelvetrees and Christian Wade shining on the back of a dominant forwards performance.

“There were a lot of great moments,” said Dickson, who returned to the England side in the absences of Ben Youngs and Danny Care.

“The players we have get so excited just as soon as the turnover comes along.

“I think it is a different mindset. I think it showed in the Six Nations, because you can’t just keep kicking possession back to good teams.

“Argentina are a very good team. We’ve got the skill set and mentality because all our forwards can carry the ball.

“If it’s on to run it, we will run it. But we also got a good balance and Freddie kicked a couple of times for the corner which was spot on.”

England arrived in Argentina having scored just one try in their previous four Tests. Attacking skills coach Mike Catt was set on improving England’s finishing power.

“Catty is brilliant in training. He just wants players to express themselves,” Dickson said.

“The backline we have got - he encourages players to off-load the ball to get out of tackles.

“I think he’s gone back to basics. It’s all about execution. I think it showed that our passing was brilliant at times.”

But there has been plenty for Catt and head coach Stuart Lancaster to work on ahead of Saturday’s second Test.

England wasted three good try-scoring opportunities in the second half in Salta and although they defended valiantly, Lancaster was disappointed that the penalty count hit 15.

“The defence was brilliant. To not let points in against a good Argentinian team is a credit to our boys. There was a lot of chat and good execution of our defence,” Dickson said.

“We left one or two attacking opportunities out there so we hope to play for the full 80 minutes next Saturday.”