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England Women vs New Zealand:Second Test preview

27 November 2012

  • McLean says England can build on victory over New Zealand
  • Tries went begging in first test, says Street 
England Women face New Zealand tonight

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England Women’s star Katy McLean reckons that the side’s hard fought win against New Zealand last Friday will give them the psychological edge in tonight’s second Test against the Black Ferns.

Coached by Gary Street, England grabbed a 16-13 victory over the reigning World Cup holders to put them ahead in this autumn’s three Test Series. England have not lost to New Zealand since 2010 and last year overpowered the Black Ferns to take a 2-0 Test Series win.

McLean, who captained the side to victory last Friday but will be rested on the bench tonight, says that getting the first win of the series was an important psychological step for England but that they will need to be more clinical.

“The first game is always a tough one,” said McLean. “Winning the first one makes Tuesday, not necessarily easier, but it’s just gives us a bit of respite mentally as we know we can do this. The ball is in our court and we have done what we needed to do and got the result and it will be back to the drawing board to raise our standards.

“We look back and know we were not as clinical as we could have been in the first game. There were chances that we missed and certainly things we should have done better, points I should have kicked.

“But you get back and get away from the raw emotion of the match and there is so much we know about ourselves. If you can play that badly and come up with a result then we have got that in the bank now ahead of our other games.”

England face New Zealand tonight

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Head coach Street has made nine changes to the starting lineup tonight, with Sarah Hunter (who scored last Friday) taking over as captain. Street says that the side could have put more points on the board in the first test and says that tonight’s game will be tough.

“Although we didn’t execute enough we caused them problems all over,” said Street. “At half-time I said let’s keep going at them as in the first-half tries went begging. But we are a great attacking side and we are going to keep playing all the time. They are a great side though and tonight is going to be a tough game.”

The game at Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm, with tickets available on the gate. You can also watch the match live on RFU.com: www.rfu.com/Englandwomenlive