Chris Robshaw refuses to take any comfort from a heroic 20-15 defeat by New Zealand as he reiterates England’s desire to deliver a Test series victory.
It took a 78th-minute try by Conrad Smith conjured in the wake of a brave decision by Aaron Cruden to separate the rivals in a fiercely contested opener at Eden Park. England finished with heroes all over the pitch, among them the heavily maligned Freddie Burns and Kyle Eastmond, but Robshaw is unable to look beyond the result.
“We’re extremely proud of all the effort and that we were able to come here an do that, but we can’t be happy,” the Red Rose captain said.
“Because of the standards we set for each other now and the standards we play at, we’re here to win a Test series and it’s simple as that. We’re 1-0 down but there are two Tests left and we see the bigger picture.
England were missing as many as 10 first choice starters either through injury or the fixture congestion that robbed them of their Aviva Premiership finalists, but still the All Blacks were forced to dig deep to amass a 15th successive victory.