Saturday 25 October 2014

England fall into trap as All Blacks run riot

Published 21/06/2014 | 14:41

Englands Mike Brown, right, is tackled by New Zealands Ben Smith in the third international rugby test match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
Englands Mike Brown, right, is tackled by New Zealands Ben Smith in the third international rugby test match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

New Zealand wing Cory Jane blames England's dismal first-half at the Waikato Stadium on the tourists looking ahead to their summer holidays.

The All Blacks completed a series whitewash with a 36-13 victory in the final Test after capitalising on an error-ridden first half notable for a succession of defensive lapses.

It was possibly the worst 40 minutes of Stuart Lancaster's reign as head coach and Jane believes they had lost focus.

"I guess they fell into the trap we have in the last couple of years when it comes to the end of our season - you've got one eye on your break," Jane said.

"In the first half maybe they were looking at a few weeks off because it had been a long season. We took advantage of that

"They came back in the second half and changed that. It turned into a good test match.

"We've done the same thing a couple of years ago and in Ireland last year, making life hard for ourselves because we were looking at the summer. I guess they were looking at that."

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