O’Loughlin feels England did enough to beat Australia

England skipper Sean O’Loughlin has admitted that he was disappointed that Ryan Hall was not awarded a last-minute try against Australia on Sunday in Melbourne.

He also, however, feels that focusing too much on that one decision is not healthy, and that there are other areas of the game from which England need to learn.

“It was a very disappointed dressing room. We felt we had done enough to get the win,” he said.

“I thought we put in a real strong performance. It was a tough arm wrestle of a game but I felt we dominated areas of the game, it was just some small per cents here and there burned us a little bit.

“I only saw it on the big screen but, for me, Ryan looked like he touched it and most of the boys felt it was a try. But it wasn’t all about that final play; there were probably other parts of the game that cost us.

“I thought we put in a real strong performance. It was a tough arm wrestle of a game but I felt we dominated areas of the game, it was just some small per cents here and there burnt us a little bit.

“They’ve got some real class individuals and I thought we did a good job on them for probably 90 per cent of the game.

“We let in a couple of tries in the second half which was disappointing but I thought we had scraped it in the end, we just didn’t get the result.

“It was a great opportunity to get a win but we have to crack on from this. To not get the win is tough but we know we’ve got another game and we can put it right here.

“We’ve got our travelling done early and we’ll soon be back out on the pitch.”

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