England can win RWC: Hansen

2012-12-02 14:26

London - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said England, as well as his own reigning champions, could win the 2015 World Cup after seeing Stuart Lancaster's men inflict a record-breaking 38-21 defeat on the All Blacks.

Three tries in eight second half minutes from backs Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi at Twickenham on Saturday saw England, who had been 15-0 up only for New Zealand to close to 15-14, pull away to their biggest winning margin over the All Blacks, surpassing a 13-0 triumph in 1936.

England's victory, which ended New Zealand's 20-match unbeaten run, was all the more remarkable as it came after home defeats in the previous two weeks by Australia (20-14) and South Africa (16-15).

"There were two teams capable of winning the World Cup out there," said Hansen after New Zealand's first loss to England since 2003.

"No excuses, we got beaten by the better side. This is a good England side."

"They thoroughly deserved their victory and should be proud of what they have achieved with magnificent football. They took the game to us from the get-go, full credit to them."

England were 15-0 up early in the second half following four penalties and a drop-goal by 21-year-old flyhalf Owen Farrell.

But New Zealand then closed to within a point thanks to two tries in three minutes from wing Julian Savea and No 8 Kieran Read.

However, rather than be the cue for an All Black fightback, England responded with their try treble and by the time Savea crossed the hosts' line for a second time, five minutes from the finish, the match had been decided.

"The performance was exactly what we had hoped for," said England coach Lancaster. "I am chuffed for the players.

"When the tough times came we stayed together. That team belief, with a young England side, definitely augurs well for the future."

"At 15-14 we came back with three tries of our own. We've tried to instil a no-fear mentality in the players and to make them have the courage of their convictions.

"We forced the All Blacks into errors and not many sides do that," he added.

England skipper Chris Robshaw, criticised for poor decision-making against the Wallabies and the Springboks, gathered his team together in a huddle after the final whistle as home fans in a capacity crowd of more than 81,000 celebrated only England's seventh win over the All Blacks.

Lancaster said the purpose was to remind the team to maintain Saturday's standard come their next international -- a Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham on February 2.

"Chris was saying that when we turn up for the Six Nations we must make sure we are at this level and not drop back 10 percent," said Lancaster.

"It is brilliant to get this result but we are on a long-term plan and we have to make sure we back up the performance.

"We didn't quite get across the line with Australia and South Africa but to get across the line with New Zealand with a young team with 206 caps in the starting XV is an unbelievable achievement."

New Zealand refused to blame the sickness bug which swept through their squad in midweek for the shock loss, with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw insisting: "If we had fallen away at the end you might have said that, but we felt fine in that department.

"We just struggled to get into the game. We were on the back foot and put under pressure. Even when we got back in the game they didn't panic. I was impressed with the way they played."

England backs coach Andy Farrell said Lancaster, promoted from his post in charge of England's reserve Saxons following the senior team's embarrassing World Cup exit in New Zealand last year, deserved his share of the credit for a memorable performance.

"Stuart has always had the belief in the players and that has shone for the last five weeks," Farrell, the father of Owen, said.

"The belief these players have from Stuart as their head guy showed up there today on the pitch. He has led this team magnificently."


  • elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-12-02 14:55

    england can win the 2015 world cup?. . hahahaha. . don't make me laugh. . just bcoz they win one game doesn't make them good enough. . . they might hav ended the kiwis streak but they still couldn't beat an out of form springbok team, neither could they the equally out of form wallabies side. . next world champs will be one of the southern treams again. . . . . go Bokke!!!!!!

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-12-02 21:08

      ...Ya, what a joke !! Just because they won one game against NZ. England have only won half their matches this year & they hardly ever win when touring the Southern hemisphere. This kind of Arrogance from Steve Hansen suggests that, he considers any team who can beat NZ, must be Great. But lets face facts, New Zealand lost to a 5th ranked team who have been less than impressive, up until this match. England were good on the day, but NZ were poor in defence when giving away 2 of the tries. And the Intercept Try was as a result of a poor pass from Kieren Read.

      Caleb - 2012-12-03 02:23

      I guess we will see how they go in the Six Nations and next time they come down South.

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-12-03 04:59

      I'm sure they'll do well in the 6 Nations, but they have a very poor record when touring the Tri Nations Countries. I don't expect any anything amazing from them & I certainly don't read too much into the win against NZ.

      jco.vanrooyen - 2012-12-03 08:39

      BOLLIE MAN, waar gesien gehasie? O gaats dit is 'gehanses', klink soos 'n nies! Een wen maak nie van jou 'WERELDBEKER WEN' span. Dit is nog 'n langpad!

  • elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-12-02 14:55

    england can win the 2015 world cup?. . hahahaha. . don't make me laugh. . just bcoz they win one game doesn't make them good enough. . . they might hav ended the kiwis streak but they still couldn't beat an out of form springbok team, neither could they the equally out of form wallabies side. . next world champs will be one of the southern treams again. . . . . go Bokke!!!!!!

  • BulletjieBulBul - 2012-12-02 15:03

    Ag please... The Poms give you a blood nose and all of a sudden now they are "world beaters" and "world cup favorites"? Hansen, you plow with Graham Henry's oxen and I think you will be found out soon not to be such a great coach and your team not to be such a "great team" either. Wait until Richie McCheat takes his sabattical from rugby and you play without him. Then we will see. It just shows again that you cannot handle pressure. It was the same in the RC this year in NZ. The Boks had you under pressure and should have won that game easy if it wasn't for our kicking. AB's are overrated... First get past the French in the next WC also. They seem to have your number as well. AB's AND the Poms will be nowhere come the next WC. It will be Australia and South Africa all over the show. GO BOKKE!!!... and everyone who plays against the AB's.

      niel.walt - 2012-12-02 19:12

      Most successful sporting union in the world of all time, overrated? Best rugby team ever. No matter how much u hate them or how much u deny it, they are the best.

      johannes.pretorius.9 - 2012-12-03 07:44

      No doubt about it.I agree!

  • terry.burne - 2012-12-02 15:24

    Typical England - they win one game and immediately declare themselves the next world champions!

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-02 15:31

      Eish Terry. Fail! Read the heading again, slowly. Then look at the pic. Then facepalm.

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-02 16:06

      Shhhhhh! it wasnt England that said they can win the world cup,shhhh quiet now :-)

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-02 17:32

      On Sports24 England haven't said what terry.burne is saying that's true,but go and do yourself a favour and go look at their own BBC Sports website,Scrum V & Skysports websites and most of their newspapers this morning and you'll see how correct terry.burne is on England talking themselves up as world beaters after a 1 in over 10 years win over an underperforming All Black side. Even Clive Woodward,who openly criticized Stuart Lancaster and captain Robsaw just a week ago,last night said on Skysports that those two were suddenly magnificent and that everybody wants to avoid England in the 2015 RWC draw on Monday.The rest of the world hates England for these very reasons when they get one "good result" in a million over a top team and then suddenly they pat themselves on the back and become world beaters.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-02 19:57

      Well they are in fact world champ and rugby championship beaters. The rest of the world doesn't hate the English. They hate biased and bitter South Africans. One good result in a million? Oh you mean a world cup and a world cup final? Shut up Sean. England beat them by 17 points, the last time SA did that was in 1928.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-02 22:15

      Flemstone... "They hate biased and bitter South Africans." Much like yourself?????????

      Flemstone - 2012-12-02 22:31

      I honestly don't care who wins what game. All I'm after is entertaining rugby. And there isn't much of that going around these days. So I'm pretty grateful to see England thump the AB's in style. The only thing I might be bitter about is losing at superbru. I'm definitely not biased. Well maybe just a little bit when it comes to the Stormers. The biased and bitter fans I'm talking about are the ones who always blame the ref, or cry conspiracy. AB's get preferential treatment, SA players are unfairly treated. I'm not one of those. I do sometimes question the ref but don't we all. I wont jump on the bias bandwagon though. Just watch and enjoy the games. England deserves some credit for what they've achieved over the years. Sure the media likes to blow things out of proportion. You can't blame the fans or players for that. SA media does the same thing. Problem is the majority of fans blindly follow the media hype. English fans aren't that gullible.

      Caleb - 2012-12-03 02:27

      _Flemstone-Thats about the most sensible comment i have ever read on here, of course you will be called a traitor for speaking the truth, and calling out most SA fans for what they truely are. Kudos.

  • Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-02 15:53

    Aag pls mann!,France can win the world cup!, NZ dont posses enough muscle upfront similar to Australia

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-02 16:03

      France are the best in europe for me,come world cup time

      Flemstone - 2012-12-02 19:59

      The six nations should see England and France fighting for top spot. Ireland and Wales are not looking good. Thing is their clubs still play great rugby. Scotland is about the same, Italy a little bit better than before. French club rugby is the best in the world.

  • johan.venter.77964 - 2012-12-02 17:39

    Did the Poms win or did the AB's give them the game? Why did the AB's only play for five minutes at the start of the second half? Its a big bluff. Why? Let the Poms believe they are good. They like that. So Hansen continues the bluff! Long term planning. No team ever went down against two mediocre injury riddled B-teams (SA + OZ) and then a week later beat the no 1 team like that. Rubbish. The AB's deserve a medal for acting.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-02 19:37

    I agree here there are a few teams that can win the rwc , once you in the final it can go either way , get a good draw and avoid the top 3 and you there

      Flemstone - 2012-12-02 20:00

      You're describing how SA won the world cup not long ago. I'll give England more credit for making that final, than SA winning it.

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-02 20:56

      Flemstone,AB lost to france who lost to argentina that WC,so I think the best prepared team won!.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-02 22:40

      Best prepared? How exactly do you go about proving that? England's route to the final was much harder than South Africa's. The Boks were certainly not favourites for the competition either. Lets face it, they got very lucky. Beating Fiji and Argentina to make the final. Not hard is it? England had Australia and France. Lets give them some credit. SA were ranked 4th and got badly beaten by NZ. And only just beat OZ by 3 points in the one game. But you're claiming they were the best prepared, no luck involved?

  • kermitcanion.duplessis - 2012-12-02 20:47

    In your dreams boet

  • heinrich.badenhorst.395 - 2012-12-03 07:01

    Don't be naive, Steve Hansen is a cunning old fox. Do you realy believe he meant what he said. Don't make me laugh. Yes they were lucky to beat a lethargic looking All Black team, but just look at the try stats. The English got three, one of the them an intercept and the All Blacks got three, could have been four. I bet you if they play the All Blacks again it shall be a different outcome. Let them bath in their glory and try to win the six nations before thinking about winning a world cup.

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