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VIDEO – Lancaster's key points to defeat New Zealand

19 June 2014

  • Lancaster pinpoints key areas for Hamilton clash
  • England Head Coach demands “intensity for 80 minutes”

After naming his match-day 23 to face New Zealand at Waikato Stadium on Saturday, Stuart Lancaster spoke exclusively to RFUtv about what it will take to secure a consolation victory in Hamilton.

No concentration lapses

“It takes consistency over the course of the 80 minutes. We’ve been very good in lots of the first game and the majority of the second. I think the margins between the teams are very small and Steve Hansen has said the same.

“To win on Saturday is going to take that consistency and intensity we showed in the first Test, but for the entire 80 minutes.”

All-round improvement

Stuart Lancaster 

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“The set-piece has been going well but we want to improve that. We can improve our breakdown work and our game management. Critically, we want to control the momentum of the game and send it back to us.

“When we have those opportunities to score, we have to take them. We have to get our all-court game going if we want to beat the All Blacks.”

Maintain the same belief

“The players clearly believe we can win both games as they’ve shown in both Tests. For the majority of the time we have been toe-to-toe with them. We just need to get on the right side on those small margins this weekend.”

Lay down a marker for the autumn

“It’s important to win in New Zealand but it’s important to win our next rugby game. Finishing the season with everyone having won is critical.

“We want everyone in a positive frame of mind heading into the autumn internationals because our next opponents are...New Zealand.”