We’ll get it right, says Hardaker

Leeds Rhinos and England fullback Zak Hardaker has insisted that England will get things right in the third Test against New Zealand on Saturday afternoon at Wigan.

Hardaker has played in both games of the series so far, and is likely to be at fullback again as England look to win the decider.

He only had one international cap before this year, and he admits that the standard of international Rugby League is higher than Super League.

“Massively so,” he said when asked about the step up.

“It’s a totally different ball game. You don’t get as much space as you want and it makes you fight for those gaps and that space.

“We defended more than we attacked this time, but we’ll get it right for Wigan.”

Hardaker admitted England’s attack was way below par during Saturday’s 9-2 loss, but says they can take plenty of positives from their defensive effort at the Olympic Stadium.

“We just didn’t attack very well,” he said.

England must win on Saturday to win the test series.
England must win on Saturday to win the test series.

“We gave the ball away in cheap places and defended our line on numerous occasions – there were three or four back-to-back sets with drop-outs. If we can defend like that, if we fix up our attack we’ll do very well.

“The middles were fantastic last week and again tonight and the edges did really well in defence.

“Across the board the effort and commitment were there, but it was just some skill we lacked.

“But all the lads are really encouraged by the performance we gave; we know it was a loss but we can fix the wrongs and make it right next week.”