Rugby League World Cup: Kevin Sinfield wants more from England against New Zealand
Kevin Sinfield feels England will have to show much more intensity if they are to beat New Zealand next weekend.
Last Updated: 19/11/13 9:15am
Sinfield feels there is plenty more improvement to come from the performance they put in against France on Saturday, when their 34-6 win was less convincing than the scoreline might suggest.
But he concedes they will have no chance of dethroning the defending champions at Wembley on Saturday if they fail to show up for any less than 80 minutes, as was the case against the struggling French.
"I'm disappointed, but a win's a win," the Leeds half-back said. "I wouldn't say it's concerning. We won 34-6 in the end.
"I don't think the result was ever in doubt. I'm just disappointed with our intensity. I felt we were a little bit off from what we've been in the group stages.
"Hopefully it's a kick up the backside. Thankfully it wasn't in the semi because we would have probably copped a heavy scoreline against us.
"We can't do that next week, we need to put an 80 together. We're disappointed with what we've dished up but we're through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. We've a whole host of things to fix up and I'm sure we'll be a whole lot better next week. We have to be.
"We know how well drilled the Kiwis are and what a great side they've looked so far. I don't think they've got a weak link. They've a big strong forward pack, exciting backs and two very good halves as well.
"It's a tough proposition that is in front of us but we've got it within our squad to be good enough next week. Like I say, we need to fix one or two things up.
"We made a whole load of errors which we were able to defend. Whether we'd be able to do that next week, I'm not sure. We certainly can't cough that much ball up.
"We've seen how well they can play. I don't think we've quite seen best of us yet and there will be no better stage to do it next week."