England 38 New Zealand 21: We proved a point, says Chris Robshaw

England 38 New Zealand 21: Red Rose captain Chris Robshaw says his side proved the doubters wrong against the All Blacks

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Chris Robshaw was named England captain for the Six Nations earlier this year Photo: TSR

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Chris Robshaw insisted England proved the doubters wrong after their 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand.

Robshaw became the sixth captain to lead England to victory over the All Blacks, ending New
Zealand’s 20-match unbeaten streak to sign off ahead of the Six Nations in perfect style.

Stuart Lancaster’s men had faced criticism after going down 20-14 to Australia and 16-15 to South Africa last month.

But second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi sealed an emphatic win at Twickenham, and Robshaw admitted he and his team-mates had a point to prove.

“Everyone delivered. Everyone rose to the occasion and proved a few people wrong. All week we were quietly confident,” said Robshaw.

“No one had given us a chance. People were saying ‘what are New Zealand going to beat them by?’

“International rugby is about results. You can talk about a good performance but we had to go out there and deliver.

“We were disappointed not to get the results earlier. It was the best possible response, to beat the current world champions and score the tries we did was something in itself.

“We were confident in our abilities. Andy Farrell came out in the week and said they were beatable, that there were opportunities for us and we exploited that.

“We finally got a bit of luck and you need a bit of luck when you play the world champions.

“This was very special. It was very frustrating the last two games, losing to Australia and South Africa by small margins.

“Getting this win is so good. I believed. All the boys believed.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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