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 down All Blacks in record win
England score their biggest victory over the All Blacks. Photo: AFP