England tour of South Africa
Robshaw eyes consolation prize
June 17, 2012
Chris Robshaw shows his frustration against South Africa © PA Photos
England skipper Chris Robshaw hopes that by addressing "a couple of little bits" of their game they can score a consolation win over South Africa next weekend.
Robshaw's side fell 36-27 to the Springboks in Johannesburg on Saturday, losing the series after a poor first-half display rendered a stirring fightback redundant.
The Harlequins flanker is determined to end their tour on a high however and has targeted a morale-boosting win in Port Elizabeth.
"If we add a couple of little bits to our game, hopefully it will improve massively," he said. "Throughout the Six Nations and last week our defence was spot on but yesterday it wasn't quite there. These are things we are going to have to work on.
"The scrum was vastly improved from last week and our maul was very good and we challenged them with the kicks. Unfortunately we couldn't do them last week.
"It is about taking all these little areas and improving them. Before the tour we really believed we could come over here and win the series. Unfortunately that has not been the case but hopefully we can get a consolation next week."
Robshaw admitted that England's first-half failings gave South Africa too much room for manoeuvre in the closing stages, but also confirmed that the squad had learned a lot from the challenge.
"We are obviously very disappointed but credit to the South African side to win the series," he said. "They came out all guns blazing and we gave ourselves too much to do. Just after half-time we were down by an 18-point deficit and that is a long way to come back.
"Credit to all the boys to come back and win the second-half but unfortunately it was too little, too late. It has been a massive experience and one everyone has, not enjoyed, but had a challenge with.
"It is one everyone has bought into. This is what it is about, playing in front of 60,000 people in a hostile environment. That is something we all enjoy and hopefully next week we can go one step better."
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