England mauled as their Back-row seems to be the only glimmer of hope.

Sean KellyAnalyst IJune 21, 2008

With a week filled by controversy due to England's antics in their private rooms, something to take the dreary feeling away from their camp would be a victory over the ever-mighty All Blacks.

Sadly England's losing streak in the southern hemisphere continued as they plummeted to a 44-12 loss.

England who haven't conceded less than 30 points against any southern hemisphere side since their 2003 world cup glory. Found little hope for the future out of this embarrassing defeat.

Once again their backs were unable to create anything slighty meaningful, and when a glimmer of hope appeared they managed to ruin any chance they had.

New Zealand on the other hand, who weren't perfect by any means, showed they must be one of the most clinical sides in the world. Finishing every chance that came their way.

Dan Carter again showed us why he is so sought after in Europe with his sabbatical ever present in the minds of the New Zealand public, while slotting all his kicks and adding a try to his tally of international points.

Richard Kahui on his debut gave a fantastic display, showing his future to be looking bright and to fill the void left by fearsome ex-captain Tana Umaga.

Danny Care for England on his full England debut, showed the form he has shown for his club Harlequins. As he scored a try giving a little dignity to Englands hopeless display.

England's only glimmer of hope out of that game appeared to be the presence of their back-row.

James Haskell, Tom Rees and Luke Narraway had great performances denying All Blacks of certain turnovers and continually making the yards for their team.

Matt Tait seemed to do nothing wrong and helping to add to England's tally as he put away Tom Varndell. Sadly Tait was taken off after a thumping hit from debutant Richard Kahui after a stupid hospital pass from Gloucester bound Olly Barkley.

The absence of a natural Fly Half seemed so obvious, even though Toby Flood did himself proud with a strong performance before being taken off injured.

The only worries for the All-Blacks ahead of the Tri Nations, is their line out and the loss of Richie McCaw. The New Zealand captain was taken off, which will be a real worry for the public as Richie was as great as ever being a thorn in the side of England.

Martin Johnson really has a job to do with this England side, on and off the pitch. And I hope Rob Andrew never has to take England on a tour again.