Manu: We will improve
Kiwis forward knows mistakes will be costly against England
Last Updated: November 7, 2011 3:41pm
Manu: Knows improvement must be forthcoming
Sika Manu knows New Zealand need to improve if they are to beat England and book their place in the Four Nations final.
"We won by 36 points, which sounds impressive, but the thing we can take is the amount of improvements we can make."
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Manu scored two tries as the Kiwis beat Wales 36-0 at the weekend, although the result flattered the tourists somewhat.
Their second-half performance yielded just 10 points and Manu believes the team will learn plenty from the match.
"Wales came out with a bit more belief in the second half and we started to make a few mistakes and that's what happens in those situations," Melbourne forward Manu said of his side's second-half struggles.
"It was tougher than expected. They were physical and got in our faces. But we have a lot of improvements we can make and we need to make sure that's what we do.
"We won by 36 points, which sounds impressive, but the thing we can take is the amount of improvements we can make. We will work on it this week, train hard and see how we go."
England lost 36-20 to Australia in the Wembley double-header but they were certainly not disgraced and Manu, still on a high from having played at the national stadium, believes the home nation will provide his side with the sternest possible test.
"The whole day was an amazing experience," he added. "It was brilliant to play at Wembley and for me to score two tries. I don't think I've scored two tries in a game since I played for the under-12s. That was special.
"I was just in the right place at the right time. But for that place to be Wembley was great. We have to put that behind us now, though.
"We have a tough week ahead of us. England a really good side and I'm sure they will put up a good fight.
"They're always competitive and they were very good in both of their games. They will be a really tough test for us."