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Hartley: England to keep feet on the ground after key result

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England captain Dylan Hartley says that England are going to “keep their feet on the ground” following their 39-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

The result gave England their first ever win in Brisbane and took Eddie Jones’ side one step closer to a first Test series win in Australia.

Speaking after the match, Hartley said: “First and foremost, the result was key for us.

“The way we started the game needs looking at. We’re going to keep our feet on the ground. We’re well aware this is the first of three, but we put all our focus and energy into this first game and to get the result is a good way to start our campaign.”

Hartley also went on to praise the “character” of his side, who scored an 80th minute try through winger Jack Nowell to put the game beyond Australia’s reach.

“(There was) great character from the boys to dig in there and play to the eightieth minute because I was on the edge of my seat there.

“We’re going to keep our feet on the ground, we’ve got plenty to work on for next week. We’ll enjoy this now, keep the egos in check and move on to the next one.”