England 21 New Zealand 24: Robshaw back battling Red Rose
Chris Robshaw is confident England will bounce back from Saturday's defeat by New Zealand
Chris Robshaw is confident England will bounce back from Saturday’s defeat by New Zealand and enjoy success in the remaining autumn internationals ahead of the Six Nations.
Robshaw’s side went down 24-21 to the world champions at Twickenham having led at half-time, their fifth successive defeat to the All Blacks.
We could still beat them, especially at home. The crowd were fantastic today and will be right behind us in the World Cup
Jonny May got the home side off to an ideal start with a superb turn of pace and finish in the corner, but from then on New Zealand were dominant with Aaron Cruden, Richie McCaw and Charlie Faumuina going over.
And a late penalty try could not rescue the game for England, as they ran out of time in the driving rain at Rugby HQ.
But Robshaw was adamant England can turn their fortunes around if they meet the All Blacks again at next year’s World Cup.
“It’s extremely frustrating to come so close to beating them but just not getting across the line,” he said.
“We wanted to be the pace-setters and impose ourselves on them because they were coming to our place and we needed to put them on the back foot.
“We did just that with Jonny May scoring an incredible try from 50 metres or so which really got the crowd going.
“But then we were a little ill-disciplined and allowed them to kick some goals and we lost the momentum. Unfortunately, the second half is where we need to take a look at ourselves.
“We could still beat them, especially at home. The crowd were fantastic today and will be right behind us in the World Cup. We had them on the ropes in that first half and we must remember that.
“We had the best team in the world on the ropes and we just need to be able to finish them off and put in a similar second-half performance.
“We’d much rather have started with a win but this will set us up nicely for South Africa. That’s going to be another massive physical test for the guys but we will be ready for them.
“It’s important to get this result out of our system quickly and get back on the training ground to prepare for the Springboks.”