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Rugby: England coaches scathing after 3-0 series whitewash by All Blacks

Published on Jun 21, 2014 9:27 PM

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AFP) - England came in for scathing criticism from their coaches after failing to measure up to the intensity of the All Blacks, who won the third Test in Hamilton 36-13 on Saturday.

"We started poor and it got worse," assistant coach Andy Farrell said, referring to a Freddie Burns opening kick-off a that failed to go the required 10 metres, setting the All Blacks up for a first-half rout in which they led 29-6 at half-time.

In the first two Tests, the All Blacks had to come from behind in the second half to win, but in Hamilton they seized control from the start.

"The first half wasn't good enough," Farrell said, adding that the two sides demonstrated "in black and white what intensity looks like and what intensity doesn't look like".

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