Catt warns against overconfidence
Mike Catt has warned England not to get above themselves as they head into the Cook Cup showdown against Australia with the tag of favourites.
The Wallabies will arrive at Twickenham on Saturday on the back of a 33-6 hammering from France and without four of their leading players, including David Pocock, who was ruled out on Tuesday with a calf strain.
England opened their QBE autumn international campaign with a seven-try 54-12 victory over Fiji - but they also failed to convert a number of opportunities.
While England have talked about an anticipated Australian backlash, Catt's focus with the players has been on the need to improve and sharpen their accuracy.
"You never underestimate the Australians," said Catt, England's skills coach.
"I have had some fantastic games against them. It is always a humdinger and their tour will get back on track if they beat England.
"This is their next opportunity and we need to make sure we get our bit right.
"We have to build on what we did last week. We wanted to play a particular way and we did that but we have to make sure we don't get above ourselves.
"We have to make sure everything is composed and we are doing the right things at the right time.
"We won't get as much ball as we did last week and we will probably only get one or two opportunities, so we have to make sure we capitalise on them."
Pocock had been set for a return to action at Twickenham after recovering from a knee injury, only to suffer the calf problem that will rule him out of action for at least another week.
In theory, Pocock's absence will help England secure the quick ball they want for Toby Flood and Alex Goode to release the back division, but Catt is wary of Michael Hooper's influence.
"Pocock is a world-class seven, he is up there with (New Zealand's) Richie McCaw as the best in the world," Catt said.
"But don't underestimate Hooper, who may not have that physical presence that Pocock has but he is on the ball all the time, he has an incredible work rate.
"He is a very good ball-carrier too. He is a substitute for Pocock I suppose but I have addressed the boys already and told them 'stop him'."
Australia will also be without lock Kane Douglas, who has hurt his knee, while Quade Cooper, Will Genia and James O'Connor all failed to make the tour through injury.
England's chief fitness headache concerns Manu Tuilagi, who spent the day receiving physiotherapy on a foot sprain but Catt is confident he will be fit.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm his 23-man squad to face the Wallabies on Tuesday night, with the starting line-up to be named on Thursday morning.
Wing Chris Ashton is expected to return to the team after serving a one-match ban while lock Joe Launchbury is thought to be pushing for a place in the starting XV.