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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Woodward lambasts defence
Clive Woodward
England coach Clive Woodward criticised his side's defence following their 36-3 hammering at the hands of New Zealand.

The All Blacks scored three first-half tries to end the match as a contest by half-time.

"It was a thumping," a despondent Woodward said. "I can't think of any positives to come out of the game.

"We found it hard to stop them and fell off so many one-on-one tackles. I was disappointed with the 30 points they scored in the first half."

The result was England's biggest defeat since losing to New Zealand 64-22 in 1998.

It was also the first time in 46 Tests - stretching back to June 2000 - that England have lost two Tests in a row, bringing their run of 13 wins against the southern hemisphere's big three to a crushing end.

In most areas, we came second best
Lawrence Dallaglio
Woodward added: "It was a tough day at the office.

"I thought New Zealand were far sharper, they were quicker to secure the 50-50 ball.

"Now we've got to regroup for the second Test."

England captain Lawrence Dallaglio echoed Woodward's lament about his side's defence.

"This is very disappointing for all of us," Dallaglio said.

"We talked about the importance of first-up tackles. We missed six in the whole game against New Zealand in Wellington last year, but we missed six from the kick-off today.

"If you are going to miss them at that rate, then you are going to make life incredibly difficult. Whenever New Zealand got a sniff of quick ball, they moved it wide and took their opportunities.

"In most areas, we came second best. When you lose 36-3, it is easy to say you are tired, but there are no excuses."

England coach Clive Woodward talks about the game


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