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England win over ABs one to savour ...


Ian Chadband

The Ash Splash ... Chris Ashton of England scores a try.

The Ash Splash ... Chris Ashton of England scores a try. Photo: Getty Images

LONDON: As England centre Manu Tuilagi slowed and dawdled to the try line with almost preposterous cockiness, then touched down only to be given a joky push in the back from his laughing shadow Mike Brown, 80,000 at Twickenham had to rub their eyes, trying to comprehend whether this really was a grand illusion.

What, the All Blacks being toyed with? The team argued by some to be the best ever now having the mickey ripped out of them? And England's supposed no-hopers suddenly playing with such swagger and flair, that they were giving a pretty fair impression of the world champions themselves.

It was hard for the home fans to take it all in. The head was left spinning by those eight minutes when, with the All Blacks finally having found their touch, they were unfathomably blown away by three English tries.

England's scrum half Ben Youngs (L) breaks a tackle from New Zealand All Blacks' centre Conrad Smith. Click for more photos

England down All Blacks in record win

England score their biggest victory over the All Blacks. Photo: AFP

The real joy for England fans? The first two of those scores might have been taken straight from the All Blacks imprint, attacks of invention, executed with deadly accuracy at speed.

Tuilagi was magnificent, making both with his barrelling pace allied to the deftest skill. The offload to free Brad Barritt was the sort of skill New Zealand expect from their men as a matter of routine and the way Tuilagi blasted past Dan Carter before putting Chris Ashton away again identified his exceptional talent.

These magical minutes will become part of Twickenham folklore, for it was something so rarely seen there - victory with genuine elan.

Yes, it was built on a towering performance by the forwards, but it was also peppered by the same sort of searing brilliance from the backs last witnessed against Australia two years ago.

Wins over the All Blacks are as rare as hen's teeth, but true hammerings of the All Blacks? This was utterly unprecedented.

It was the first time in 176 Tests, a run stretching back 14 years, that New Zealand had gone into half-time without a point on the board.

ENGLAND 38 (Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi tries; Owen Farrell con; Farrell 4, Freddie Burns 2 pens; Farrell drop goal) beat NEW ZEALAND 21 (Julian Savea 2, Kieran Read tries; Dan Carter 2, Aaron Cruden cons)

Telegraph, London

91 comments so far

  • It just doesnt matter. All that counts is the RWC. The rest are just warmup games

    Date and time
    December 02, 2012, 6:04AM
    • What an utterly useless the Tri nations doesn't matter? Six nations? Internationals? none of these matter? even after one of the worst world cup finals last year.
      Sounds like the nasty man won't give you your ball poor chap!

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 6:33AM
    • Good point neilo, and let's face it, the All Blacks choked their way to victory in the last one. That final game against France was a shocker, all semblance of playmaking got lost, order and cohesion went out the window and the game and Cup was almost lost because of the Kiwis renowned mental weakness.

      Surry Hills
      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 7:08AM
    • Oh this is just beautiful! AB supporters making all the excuses today! For once, the spotlight is on their beloved boys, well beaten by an England side that that they said was crap 2 weeks ago when beaten by the Wallabies. And what is more beautiful than that -Wallabies reserve grade wins again, making it 3-1 on the road, finding ways to win when it matters, and the Deans-haters have to shut up until next season. I am in heaven.

      PJ man
      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 7:13AM
    • We may as well stop playing test matches outside the world cup then... I mean whats the point if they don't count.
      Every game matters mate, even to you, or you wouldn't be up posting comments at 6am on a Sunday morning.

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 7:17AM
    • oh well we will just have to back to beating australia again and retain the bledisloe cup for another year. i suppose we will still be the number one ranked side in the world, I can't remember when ostralia last had that. When did they last have the bledisloe cup for that matter or beat nz in a series. They must have "choked " their way to victory in those games I suppose .Beating ostralia is great feeing .

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 10:10AM
    • Neilo, gee mate what a bunch of crap! every test matters we were just beaten by a better team on the day! im the biggest ab supporter of them all but gotta give credit where its due... England deserved the win! if your gracious in defeat a win tastes all the better...

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 10:42AM
    • Oh dear, I hope you get your lollipop back some time soon, Neilo. How about applauding the Poms for playing a fantastic game ?

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 10:46AM
    • anyone consider old neilo might just be being a tad tongue cheek there? after us ABs supporters heard that for years? Or were you just too keen to slag some kiwis off. Its good that everyone hates us a sign were doing well. Fair play to the poms enjoy the win there will be payback!

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 11:50AM
    • A warm up game, really? Is that why the ABs played like a bunch of cold turkeys?

      Date and time
      December 02, 2012, 5:19PM

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