A much improved performance from England at Twickenham still resulted in a comfortable 19-6 win for the opposition, so where do we go from here?
For all the talk of performance versus results, we saw a reasonable performance and a defeat. An All Blacks victory was pretty much inevitable, so the spirits were lifted by the passion showed by the men in white, particularly in the first half when they refused to let New Zealand settle into the game.
However, the side still looked bereft of ideas, and with more quick ball to enjoy, they rarely did anything with it. One move in the second half that was symptomatic of England’s autumn saw the ball passed along all the way along the line, without many metres gained, from one man to the next until we ran out of men and the ball was passed into touch.
Signs of encouragement then, and so with all of our injured players back to fitness, will England be world-beaters again? Is Johnno’s job safe now that we’ve seen some sign of improvement?
Nick Heath spoke to Martin Johnson, captain Steve Borthwick and Mathew Tait after the game: