- Try-scoring wing says England started too slowly
- Yarde looks forward to facing the All Blacks at Twickenham
A frustrated Marland Yarde says England were made to pay for a sluggish start in Hamilton as they were defeated 36-13 by New Zealand, but is also adamant that his side will be refreshed and ready to face the same opponents at Twickenham in November.
The All Blacks stormed out of the blocks in the series finale, scoring four first-half tries that all but sealed their 17th consecutive Test win and a clean sweep of the three matches this month.
Some mesmerising attacking play from the likes of Aaron Cruden and Cory Jane led to braces for Julian Savea and Aaron Smith – a half-hour example of the world champions at their peak.
However, England were also guilty of a string of missed tackles. Yarde refused to sugarcoat any details, before praising the tourists for a far more cohesive, physical showing in the second period.
“Against a side of that quality you can’t sit off 10 or 15 per cent,” he explained. “In the first half we didn’t turn up – myself included – and we didn’t show that energy that we have done in the first two Tests. We paid for it in the end.
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“We’ve got to look at ourselves. We weren’t at the races – it’s as simple as that. We could and should have been better.
“At half time we knew that we needed to get our linespeed up and increase the intensity. I thought we did that – we got into the game, scored a try and showed the character that we wanted. Looking ahead, we’ve got to be better.”
It was Yarde’s fourth Test try – and second in consecutive games – that ignited England’s resurgence, a short-range effort that demonstrated his predatory instinct and power.
The Harlequins-bound wing proved dangerous throughout the second period, busting four tackles and sparking many of the more encouraging moments for Stuart Lancaster’s charges.
Rather than bask in any individual accolades though, Yarde set his sights on England’s next assignment in autumn, when New Zealand head to these shores.
“[Everyone] just tried to give their all for the team to get back in the game as soon as we could. People stood up and were counted.
“Now we’ve just got to come out firing the next time we play them. They’re the first game in the autumn, so we now have an opportunity to bounce back straight away.
“It’s in our own backyard, we know what the crowd’s like at Twickenham and how we can play when we’re there. We’ll come back on fire.”