Jun 21, 2014 at 8.35am UK
New Zealand
Savea (4', 7', 80'), Smith (28', 32')
Yarde (42')

Andy Farrell critical of first-half England display

England assistant coach Andy Farrell admits that a poor first-half performance cost his side in their heavy defeat against New Zealand.

Andy Farrell has admitted that a poor first half cost England in their heavy defeat against New Zealand.

Four tries in the opening 32 minutes set the tone for the hosts to secure a whitewash series defeat over England in Hamilton, with the contest eventually ending 36-13.

"We started poor and it got worse," Farrell is quoted as saying by Planet Rugby. "The first half wasn't good enough.

"I thought we might have put pressure on in the second half but the first half the All Blacks demonstrated why they're the number one team in the world at the moment. For us to win at this level we need to be better."

Marland Yarde was the solo try scorer for England, crossing over after good work from Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi.

Aaron Smith of New Zealand is tackled by Chris Ashton of England during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and England at Waikato Stadium on June 21, 2014
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