- Parling says England are setting out to beat All Blacks
- Lineout needs to improve following issues against Springboks
Lock Geoff Parling says that England will take to the pitch on Saturday at Twickenham believing they can beat New Zealand, although they will have to raise a number of aspects of their game to do so.
England have lost two of this year’s three QBE Internationals, suffering defeat to both Australia and South Africa.
Conversely, the reigning world champions have extended their unbeaten run of games to 20 after dismantling Scotland, Italy and Wales in recent weeks, cementing their place as the number one ranked side in the world.
Parling has started all three Tests so far this November and played a pivotal role last weekend against a physical South African pack, which included the likes of no.8 Dwayne Vermeulen and imposing lock Eben Etzebeth.
Despite the 15-16 loss to the Springboks Parling says England are motivated and believe that beating the All Blacks is not out of the question whatsoever as long as they raise their game.
“We don’t just want to challenge New Zealand. We want to beat them,” said Parling. “We are not just going out there to give it a go, we are going out there to win. That’s how you have got to approach the game.”
“We have certainly got to raise levels as although we played well at the weekend, we didn’t win. We are going to have to raise loads of aspects of our game to get that win at the weekend.”
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England led South Africa in both possession and territory on Saturday and enjoyed a successful time at the scrum. However, in the lineout England were less stable, and Parling, a self confessed "lineout geek" knows England will need to improve their consistency against the All Blacks.
“We were up against one of the best defensive lineouts in the world. They were very well organised and very good. There was a combination of different things that may have affected the lineout though, such as call, throw, lift, our movement and so on. Those are the bits that have to be more clinical this Saturday.
“Our scrummages were outstanding though and our hunger around the fringes, as well as our ability to stop the South African maul. Those are three areas the South Africans pride themselves on and they went very well for us.”