Joe Marler has been fast to dig the boot in after Manchester United suffered a bruising defeat to Brighton at the weekend.
The prop ahead caught the limelight after his unusual intervention led to England’s second attempt of their 34-12 win over Japan.
Steve Borthwick‘s facet had seemed removed from fluent within the sport, however ended up victors after placing 4 tries previous an organised Japan defence in Good on Sunday.
With England pushing for a rating at 13-12, fly half George Ford fired a go at Will Stuart, just for it to go clear by his palms and into Marler’s head, unwittingly placing captain Courtney Lawes in behind the defence to dot down.
Marler himself was fast to post a tongue-in-cheek TikTok evaluating his headed exploits to Cristiano Ronaldo‘s well-known header for Juventus, and in his post-match convention he claimed to attract inspiration from Brighton.
Joe Marler joked that he drew inspiration from Brighton’s 3-1 win over Manchester United for his personal header
The Seagulls pulled off a memorable Previous Trafford win to safe 4 league wins on the trot over Erik ten Hag and Co
The ball crashed off his head and allowed Courtney Lawes in behind to dot down beneath the posts
Chatting with Sky Sports activities after Sunday’s win over Japan that put England prime of Pool C, Marler joked that he had been making ready for headers forward of the sport.
‘I used to be practising with Dan Cole and Jamie George in our activation again within the resort, we had been doing a few of that (mimes heading the ball), getting us fired up,’ the 33-year-old claimed.
‘I take large inspiration from Roberto De Zerbi’s mighty Seagulls doing a demolition job on United yesterday. Simply taking large inspiration from them and serving to the boys rating.’
And Brighton had been fast to reply on X, previously referred to as Twitter, joking that there may be a spot within the beginning XI for the prop if he was enthusiastic about a cross-code swap.
‘Nice win final night time, good luck for the remainder of match! Give us a name when it’s completed, we’ll want you for set items,’ the Seagulls’ admin joked.
Workforce-mate and stand-in captain Lawes – who benefited from the weird deflection jokingly praised Marler’s efforts, including: ‘That was an honest header from Joe Marler. Generally the luck falls in your favour so I’ll take it.’
Marler hails from Eastbourne, about 20 miles up the South Coast from the Seagulls’ house.
England would go on to attain two extra tries as they secured their all-important bonus level in victory.
Brighton’s win over United noticed boos ring out at Ten Hag’s determination to withdraw Rasmus Hojlund because the Pink Devils make a shaky begin to 2023-24
England star Marler in contrast himself to Cristiano Ronaldo in a hilarious TikTok posted after the Japan win
After Lewis Ludlam was first to cross for Steve Borthwick’s facet, Lawes dotted down beneath the posts to place England a transformed rating forward for the primary time within the encounter.
Freddie Steward then latched on to a well-timed cross-field kick from Ford for the third, touching down in agile vogue after claiming the excessive ball.
Joe Marchant then ensured the additional level with the final motion of the sport, the surface centre diving for the road.
As for Marler’s beloved Seagulls, it was Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro with the all-important objectives, with Hannibal Mejbri’s 73rd minute effort scant comfort for the embattled Ten Hag.