Lancaster looking for positives

Stuart LancasterEngland (7/2 World Cup 2015 outright) head coach Stuart Lancaster is hoping that his players can learn from their experiences ahead of the autumn international series.

Lancaster’s side were beaten three-nil by the All Blacks in the international series, with New Zealand able to show their dominance in the third game.

England were narrowly beaten in the first two Tests and showed their attacking threat, but they were well below par on Saturday as New Zealand (6/4 World Cup 2015 outright) cruised to a 36-16 victory.

Winger Julian Savea and a brace from Aaron Smith helped New Zealand on their way to victory, but it was England’s first-half performance that let them down.

Lancaster admitted after the game that he was disappointed with his side in the opening 40 minutes, but he will have been pleased to see Marland Yarde score his second try in as many weeks.

With the autumn series and World Cup coming up, Lancaster is hoping to learn plenty from the past few matches.

Speaking after the match, Lancaster said: “We must apply the lessons now and the players now know what it takes to win at the highest level.

“Overall, our attacking play has developed well over the past 12 months.

“But we must use the pre-season well and start of the season, and encourage our top-end players to play with the intensity that they have just been through so when we get to the autumn series – against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa, Australia – we hit the ground running.”

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