McNamara rues missed chances
Hosts failed to take their opportunities; Aussies were ruthless
Last Updated: 20/11/11 10:31am
Steve McNamara: another night of disappointment against the Kangaroos
England coach Steve McNamara admitted Australia were just too good for his side after the Kangaroos' 30-8 victory in the Four Nations final at Elland Road.
England went into the game with high hopes of ending a near 40-year wait for victory in a major series against the Green and Gold.
And for more than half the game they held their own, as a penalty try, awarded after man-of-the-match Johnathan Thurston's high challenge on England winger Ryan Hall, levelled the scores at 6-6 just before half-time.
But McNamara's men were largely outclassed by the world No 1-ranked team after that and were well beaten by the time the hooter finally sounded.
"We genuinely thought we had a great shot of winning that game," McNamara said. "We went into half-time at 8-6 down and in the second half we missed our opportunities and Australia were ruthless.
"In the first half we had to defend our goalline on so many occasions and I think the England of old would have folded.
"We conceded after three minutes then didn't concede for the rest of the half. Even at 8-6 at half-time we were satisfied with the situation and we probably didn't play as well as we could.
"We just never found our rhythm in the second half and paid the price. We've got to take those opportunities when you get them. The effort was great but we just fell a bit short tonight."