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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006, 18:09 GMT
Corry bemoans England's mistakes
England's captain Martin Corry and coach Andy Robinson after the record defeat by the All Blacks
Corry and Robinson were left with a lot to ponder after the defeat
England captain Martin Corry admitted the world champions made too many errors in their record 41-20 home defeat by the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Corry told BBC Sport: "We are dejected because we felt we had the capabilities to beat the All Blacks. In the end mistakes cost us.

"You have to take your chances when they come but we coughed up the ball when we looked like doing something.

"New Zealand are a killer team on the turnover. The mistakes let them in."

However, Corry had words of encouragement for debutant Anthony Allen, whose mistakes led directly to two of the visitors' tries.

"It is the mark of the man that he never let his head go down," said Corry of the Gloucester centre.

"It is a shame he couldn't get a win in his first game for England but he kept on playing and he'll be back to win many more caps.

It was a bizarre decision. I was lying on the ball over their line.

England centre Jamie Noon

"On the whole, we weren't good enough. When we had the ball, we looked quite dangerous at times, but when New Zealand got in behind us we really struggled."

England coach Andy Robinson agreed his side had made too many mistakes, but he did manage to draw some positives.

"In that 10 minute period [late in the first half] they scored two tries from turnovers and Dan Carter kicked a penalty from the 50 metre line," he said.

"We lost our shape a bit, the game was gone and it was about how we responded and we did respond and that was the thing that pleased me more than anything.

"I think the players put their hands up and we can take that forward to our next three games against Argentina and South Africa [twice]."

Meanwhile, England centre Jamie Noon claimed he was "robbed" of a try that could have given England the lead early in the first half.

It was a step up from the Premiership but I wouldn't say it took me by surprise

Scrum-half Shaun Perry

Referee Joel Jutge referred the decision to video official Christophe Berdos, but it went against England, who eventually changed ends 28-5 adrift.

"I feel robbed by the decision," said Noon, who later managed to breach New Zealand's defence.

"I was lying on the ball over their line, so I don't understand why the try wasn't given. It was a bizarre decision, but you just have to get on with it."

Allen and fellow debutant Shaun Perry, who scored, both admitted Test rugby was a different level to the Guinness Premiership.

Allen said: "I'm just glad to have got the debut out of the way and now I hope there are a lot more to come.

"At international level if you make silly mistakes you pay for it. Against the All Blacks you have to be spot on on the day. But we can get better."

Bristol scrum-half Perry said of his breakaway try: "When I saw the line I just thought how far away it looked but I got there in the end.

"It was a step up from the Premiership but I wouldn't say it took me by surprise. It was hard but I enjoyed it. There's a good atmosphere in the camp. It's a tight-knit squad and I can't wait for the next match."

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