'We’ve got to be better': Rennie expresses disappointment after 'frustrating' England defeat

Sun, 14/11/2021, 07:23 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and captain Michael Hooper spoke after their match against England.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has expressed his disappointment following their 32-15 defeat to England.

The visitors failed to apply constant pressure as they struggled for consistency and discipline, allowing the hosts to record their eighth straight win over Australia.

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After one of their better preparations in Rennie's eyes, he couldn't hide his frustration at the 'dumb' penalties and mistakes after the match.

“We couldn’t get anything going,” Rennie said in the post match press conference.

“We got hammered in the penalty count. I think the possession and territory stats were in the 60s in favour of England (66% territory, 60% possession) and they take us down there and we just made too many errors and dumb penalties. They put us under pressure so it was frustrating.

“There was a lot of character shown tonight. Halftime we hadn’t had a lot of ball or territory but it was 16-12 and we fought hard.

"I thought if we could string a little bit more phases together we could put them under a bit of heat but we were not accurate enough, not good enough, tonight.

"...We got ourselves in good position with the ball and we got stripped three times – we’ve got to be better."

After their five-game winning streak, Rennie conceded the losses to Scotland and England were setbacks as they look to build for the future.

Whilst he was proud of the character shown by the side, twice going down to 14 men, he called for a much-improved performance to finish the year against Wales to repay the faith to fans.

"It’s a setback because the plan was to come over here and keep building on that. We haven’t performed with the accuracy and consistency that we needed over here," he admitted.

“They ask a lot of questions of you, put a lot of ball in the air and play a lot of territory. You don't get a lot of opportunities at this level so you've got to be disciplined and got to be accurate and we were neither tonight.

“I think the support we have back at home and the support we have here deserve better so we definitely want to finish on a high.”

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