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VIDEO – Street seeks consolation victory

18 July 2013

  • England Women's head coach urges charges to deny Black Ferns a whitewash
  • "We've got to get back on the horse" – Gary Street

Despite the gut-wrenching disappointment of Tuesday's last-gasp defeat to New Zealand, England Women's head coach Gary Street has insisted his side can salvage a win from Saturday's encounter at the ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe.

After 80 minutes of an extremely tight and tense second Test, the tourists found themselves 9-7 up thanks to three penalties from fly half Katy McLean. However, a failure to clear into touch with time up allowed the Black Ferns to conjure a series-sealing try through Selica Winiata.

Although Street had aimed for a 3-0 win, England must now set their sights on denying the hosts a whitewash that would avenge the result of the three-match series on these shores last December.

However, buoyed by a day of rest and rehabilitation following the second Test, he suggested a coherent performance could produce that consolation victory in this weekend's final match. 

"We've relaxed but obviously we've also done our video analysis and looked over the game so we have things to bring forward for Saturday," Street explained. "We've got to get back on the horse.

"I think we have got a lot of confidence from the other night – we dominated the first half and soaked up their pressure in the second. 

Katy McLean

Photo: Getty Images

"We were in front when the hooter went, but credit to the Black Ferns – they took their one chance well at the end really well. That just goes to show that you can't knock off at all against them in any minute of the game, let alone the last one.

"I'm confident that if we perform to our ability then we can win the game. Until now, we've only performed well in periods. We know we can beat New Zealand but it's going to be another great battle. They are going to want to win 3-0, whereas we want to take one home. It could be the biggest clash yet."

Refusing to blame twin losses on the travails of touring, Street was confident of ending the trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud with a morale-boosting display.

Indeed, on the verge of the year countdown until the Women's Rugby World Cup in France, he highlighted the importance of laying down a marker to the reigning world champions. 

"Every game is important, this one more so because it's New Zealand away – probably the toughest place you can go to against the toughest team. 

"We've got to take these lessons over 12 months to find things we can work on and things we are strong at. We'll use it as our preparation so hopefully we are in a good place next August."