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VIDEO – Lancaster's key points to defeat New Zealand

12 June 2014

  • Lancaster pinpoints key areas for Dunedin clash
  • England Head Coach demands “20 per cent better” from his charges

After naming his match-day 23 to face New Zealand at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, Stuart Lancaster spoke exclusively to RFUtv about what it will take to level the series.

Keep the belief

“We always go into every game thinking we can win. We’ve got a great team developing. Equally, you’ve got to be very respectful of the team we’re playing against – a world-class team who have won 34 of their past 35 games. That’s an incredible record in any sport at international level.

“We’ll go in having prepared properly and with that inner belief that we can win. We had that last week and we’ll need it again, because there’s no doubt that the All Blacks will be stepping up their intensity and execution.”

Demanding improvement

Richie McCaw

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“It’s not too bold a statement to say that we’ll need to be 20 per cent better, because that’s what the All Blacks will be and we didn’t get over the line.

“Game management in the last 10 minutes was important. Defensive decision-making at the breakdown and managing the referee are other areas. We’ve talked about getting a lot of things right this week and we’ll have to be accurate to win the game.”

The All Blacks will be better

“They’ll obviously have done some more analysis on us and will have a better feel of what we are going to offer. Part of the challenge for us is that we have made a lot of changes, meaning we can’t take the prior learning as much as we would have done.

“That is to their advantage, but equally a lot of our boys have played together during the RBS 6 Nations. It’s about getting them up to speed as quickly as we can. We’ll only figure out whether that’s been achieved after the game.”