Fiji Time: 2:14 PM on Friday 28 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Rugby: England head coach seeks respectability

AAP
Friday, June 20, 2014

Update: 3:16PM England head coach Stuart Lancaster accepts the summer tour to New Zealand must be judged on the result of Saturday's final Test, with either respectability or failure beckoning.

The All Blacks, chasing a record-equalling 17th successive victory, have built an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and are targeting a whitewash at the Waikato Stadium.

If England defy the odds and topple the world champions, they will return home with pride intact.

But Lancaster also knows that another defeat, whatever the circumstances, will be unacceptable to a squad that arrived in New Zealand with the stated ambition of winning the series.

"The series will be judged ultimately by the scoreline. We desperately want that win and that's why we need to put in a high quality performance," Lancaster said.

"We don't see this third game as any sort of dead rubber whatsoever, it's a hugely important game for us and New Zealand.

"They want to build momentum heading into the Rugby Championship and we want to finish the season strongly. It would be huge to beat the All Blacks away."

Reassured by a decisive victory in the second Test, even if the 28-27 scoreline suggests otherwise, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has lobbed a verbal hand grenade into the England camp.

Hansen claims the tourists are racked with doubt over their tactics after discovering at the Forsyth Barr Stadium that they are unable to match the world champions at a high-tempo game.

"They are in a bit of a quandary really because they took us on in Dunedin playing a game of real pace and worked out they couldn't," Hansen said.

"So what are they going to do now? I've seen Lancaster mention in the paper that maybe they shouldn't play too much rugby down their end, so maybe they're going to kick a wee bit more.

"But they will have a good plan because they are good coaches, so we've just got to make sure we've got a good one to counter it."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 56.810253.8102
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.41450.4025
NZD 0.73480.7018
AUD 0.66190.6369
USD 0.47110.4541

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Draunidalo hits back
  2. Who dares wins
  3. Gavoka: Let police handle the situation
  4. Skull find
  5. South Africa wins series
  6. State grants lease
  7. Police arrest farmer
  8. Closed session
  9. Siwan is king!
  10. Brace for serious impact as dry spell continues

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fall crowned queen Sunday (23 Aug)
  2. Birth by the river Tuesday (25 Aug)
  3. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  4. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  5. Deadly impact Saturday (22 Aug)
  6. Making the cut Monday (24 Aug)
  7. Military, police beef up manpower Tuesday (25 Aug)
  8. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  9. John quits 7s job Tuesday (25 Aug)
  10. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)