Stuart Lancaster accepts England must produce a substantial improvement if they are topple New Zealand in Saturday’s QBE International.
Victories over Australia and Argentina have placed England one win from a clean sweep this autumn, but a dismal second half in the 31-12 win against the Pumas set alarm bells ringing.
“We need to work on our accuracy to get that 80-minute performance because to beat the best team in the world, which is what we’re facing, we need to be at that level,” said Lancaster.
“We need to go up a couple of notches, definitely. We’ve had a good look at New Zealand during the Rugby Championship.
“If you slip an inch against them, they take it, so we’ll have to be at our best.”
England finished strongly against Australia and made a fine start against Argentina, but on both occasions their performance fluctuated wildly.
“There was a lot of intent and accuracy in the first half, but Argentina upped their game and put us under pressure, while we became impatient,” Lancaster said.
“We tried to force the game instead of continuing to build the score.
“If you said before the game we’d win 31-12, when I look at some of their performances in the Rugby Championship then I would have taken that
“When you have a young side of 200 or so caps (287 caps), sometimes you need to go through these experiences to learn.
“We’ve learnt a lot and hopefully it will stand us in good stead against New Zealand.”