SEAN O’Loughlin admits the Test series win over New Zealand was all the sweeter with England having gone so close on so many occasions in recent years.
England finally got over the line against the Kiwis, who had pipped them at the post in last year’s Four Nations and the 2013 World Cup semi-finals.
It gives the younger lads, especially, the confidence that if they work that hard, they are capable of beating the best in the worldSean O’Loughlin
And skipper O’Loughlin, who was named England’s man of the series, was delighted at getting his hands on the Baskerville Shield.
“We’ve been involved in so many close ones, and for everyone involved, getting our hands on the silverware is so good,” he said.
“When you go close and come up short, you want to have another crack at them and the fact we’ve got over the line... it’s great.”
And the skipper insisted the win will make England stronger for the future thanks to the belief beating the world’s No.1 ranked nation will instill in the players.
“It gives the younger lads, especially, the confidence that if they work that hard, they are capable of beating the best in the world,” he said.
The series was tight from start to finish, and O’Loughlin acknowledged his side had to dig deep to win it tough.
“When it’s a Test, it’s not like Super League, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to throw the ball around,” he added.
“A lot of it is around the guts, completing and kicking, field position - you don’t get the breaks because of the quality of opposition you’re up against.
“That’s the way it happened this time.”