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Smith rues early England errors


Smith encouraged by second-half fightback

England coach Tony Smith said early mistakes were ruthlessly punished in the 26-16 defeat by Australia in rugby league's Four Nations tournament.

England trailed 26-0 and though they responded well after the interval, Smith said: "We're disappointed, we left ourselves too much to do.

"Some of it was some very good play from Australia early on in the game but they exploited some areas in our team.

"If you just slightly show them the door they barge their way through it."

Smith felt his team had responded to a half-time dressing-down to give a strong reflection of their potential.

Inglis relieved to see off England

"We had a talk," he said. "We didn't like the situation we were in and we didn't like the scoreboard.

"We had to pull together and do something about it. A couple of opportunities we created could have given us an even closer game towards the end. We had too much to do in too little time."

The result took Australia above England in the competition table and their hopes of progress to the final now hinge on the clash against New Zealand at Huddersfield.

Australia coach Tim Sheens felt England gave his side a good fight after the break.

Sheens said: "I won't disrespect England by saying we took our foot off the pedal. There was an element of it but they are professional enough to know they can't do that.

"In the second half they rolled over the top of us. If they get the ball they're a big side and can really worry you."

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see also
England 16-26 Australia
31 Oct 09 |  Rugby League
England v Australia photos
31 Oct 09 |  Rugby League
England-Australia as it happened
31 Oct 09 |  Rugby League
Four Nations fixtures and results
14 Nov 09 |  Rugby League

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