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  • International Match
  • 14th Jun 2014
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  • Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin

Flanker Tom Wood left to rue missed opportunity after England go down in Dunedin

Last updated: 14th June 2014  

Flanker Tom Wood left to rue missed opportunity after England go down in Dunedin

Tom Wood is taken out by New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw during the second Test in Dunedin

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Flanker Tom Wood insisted England would take no comfort from the narrow margin of defeat as New Zealand wrapped up series victory in the second Test in Dunedin.

Although they ultimately went down by just a single point following a 28-27 defeat, the tourists were never really in the game having been blown away by a rampant start to the second period by the All Blacks.

Having gone in 10-6 to the good at half-time, Wood insisted that disappointment not pride was the overriding emotion at the final whistle despite a defiant late rally.

The Northampton back-rower said the tourists would have to learn the lessons of their below-par start on the resumption as he was left to reflect on an opportunity missed.

Not good enough

"It wasn't good enough," he told Sky Sports."It's as simple as that. We went to sleep and they were just too good for the 10-15 minutes at the start of the second half.

"It's disappointing after all the good work we did. We gave them a cheap penalty to get them back into the game and then they had a surge. We couldn't get our hands on the ball.

"A couple of key decisions we didn't get right... went the wrong way into heavy traffic. But we scared them a bit. The opening 10 minutes of the second half will never be good enough."

Asked if he could take consolation from a strong finish in which both Mike Brown and Chris Ashton touched down for converted scores, he added: "I'm pretty despondent. We came here to win, we had them on the rack. We talk about lessons but it's not good enough."

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