Really disappointed that the big match of the series was so flat. Low scoring games can be entertaining and of high quality. Huddersfield vs Leeds in the final game of the season, and the play off between Leeds and St Helens are examples of this. However, this wasn't one of them. Both sides attack was predictable, and ultra-conservative. Defences rarely had to scramble or go the extra mile to prevent scoring. I don't understand the criticism of the BBC for saying it was a poor game. I'd rather they were honest than insult the viewer and not say it was wonderful, when it wasn't! Every sport has good games, every sport has bad games. It's a big shame that a game outside of the heartlands fell so flat.
New Zealand did well. The BBC's analysis at the end highlighted it well, showing how compact the Kiwi's defence was. This was a clever and calculated move with the aim of reducing the impact of our pack, it worked a treat. The challenge for England now is finding a way of bringing our attacking threats such as Hardaker, Watkins and Hall in to the game. They have the ability, but haven't had the ball to do anything with it.
The half backs couldn't get them the ball, and their kicking was poor. I don't blame Williams, he's an inexperienced (although very talented) player, and may not have the experience to lead a side. Widdop was anonymous too, as per usual. We have lacked a kicking game in the series so far. I wouldn't make mass changes for next weeks, but I would give Luke Gale a chance.
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