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New Zealand All Blacks clinch series against England


Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand 28 England 27

Ma'a Nonu dives over to score for the All Blacks against England at Dunedin.

Ma'a Nonu dives over to score for the All Blacks against England at Dunedin. Photo: Getty Images

Dunedin: The All Blacks spluttered into life in the second half to hold off England 28-27 in the second Test in Dunedin and clinch their three-Test series.

The mistake-ridden hosts trailed 10-0 after eight minutes and were still down 10-6 at halftime before powering clear with three tries in a decisive third quarter.

They conceded two late tries but were never in danger of losing after skipping 28-13 ahead entering the final 10 minutes.

Jerome Kaino can't get through the resolute English defence.

Jerome Kaino can't get through the resolute English defence. Photo: Getty Images

New Zealand versus England
View Match Statistics
Players Smith (44min), Savea (50min), Nonu (66min) Tries 3 Tries 3 Players Yarde (7min), Brown (73min), Ashton (83min)
Players Cruden 1/2 (50%), Barrett 1/1 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 3 Players Farrell 3/3 (100%)
Players Cruden 2/4 (50%), Barrett 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 3 Penalty goals 2 Players Farrell 2/3 (66%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

It was far from a perfect performance from either side, with mistakes prominent despite perfect conditions at the indoor stadium.

As happened in last week's 20-15 first Test win in Auckland, the All Blacks were squeezed into early errors by the bigger, more-disciplined visitors.

However, they began unfurling their best rugby soon before halftime and broke a tiring English defensive line repeatedly during a thrilling period after the break, crossing through fullback Ben Smith, winger Julian Savea and inside centre Ma'a Nonu.

It was the All Blacks' 16th successive win and they can move level with the world-record streak for a tier-one nation if successful in the third Test at Hamilton next weekend.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his team improved considerably in the space of a week despite the tighter final scoreline.

"I don't think we played as well as we possibly can but, as a group, it was about believing in what we were doing and, eventually, if we stuck with it, it would come right."

England counterpart Stuart Lancaster was disappointed to cede the Hillary Shield but accepted New Zealand deserved to win.

"We have set ourselves high expectations on this tour but you've got some high-quality opposition there," Lancaster said.

"They've had an extra week's preparation and you could see the improvement in their performance."

England's early dominance resulted in a penalty to five-eighth Owen Farrell and his conversion of a try to winger Marland Yarde.

All Blacks No.10 Aaron Cruden responded with penalties in the 12th and 40th minutes, the latter coming after arguably the most important play of the game.

England winger Manu Tuilagi scooped a loose ball and powered 80 metres before being run down five metres out by Smith, who also effected a turnover.

Smith, revelling in the first of his 28 Tests at his favoured fullback position, opened the floodgates soon after halftime, following some slick work from Cruden and Savea.

Savea crossed for his 20th try in 21 Tests shortly afterwards to put the hosts 18-13 clear.

England's discipline began to unravel, resulting in a yellow card to Farrell in the 60th minute for persistent offending.

Nonu was rewarded for a bright attacking performance with his try when following up a Conrad Smith break.

The tourists finally were able to get some possession and sent fullback Mike Brown across with eight minutes to play and reserve winger Chris Ashton in the final minute to complete an encouraging finish.


34 comments so far

  • Not sure you watched the same game I did. Yes, NZ were poor in the first 20, but after that they were tearing England apart. The final scoreline flatters an English side who were vastly outplayed for most of the game.

    J B
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 8:42PM
    • Erm no, the AB dominated England for 30mins after the second half, were they cut through them at will, but the first half England were on top and butchered two clear cut tries.
      England had the last 10 mins.
      The question everyone will be starting to ask....has this AB team peaked and are now on the way down?

      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 9:25PM
    • You know what, go ahead and dream that this AB side is in decline. It'll just make it all the more enjoyable when they carve up the Wannabies in the Rugby Championship.

      The only team that come close to threatening the All Blacks is South Africa, and I think at this point in the international season, we're still to see the best of this AB side.

      And Auntie, I think you forgot to take your meds. Eng/Fra final in the RWC? England will be lucky to get as far as the semi's and are no chance of making the final. The French might make it as far as the semis but that'll be the end of the road for them, The final will be amongst the usual contenders, depending on the draw and the luck on the day. Prob NZ/SA, but Aus could also find a place there if we end up with an NZ/SA semi.

      J B
      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 1:22AM
    • Yes, the AB's have certainly peaked but that could be a good thing. They've got the chance to really test some new players (and might lose a game of two in the process) in order to regenerate before the RWC. This current team, as brilliant as it has been, is going to be too old and beaten up to win it all in a year's time I think.

      pi meason
      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 7:55AM
    • Yeah even the English media & fans are admit the scoreline flattered..... there 2nd try was a poor call from the TMO & the AB's left a lot of points on the park. Tuilagi's missed try was just as easily 5 points at the other end in Jane held that pass.

      They closed the game up on fulltime (owned the last 10min Brutas?? The AB's had a 5m scrum on the Englands line with 5 to play before another dubious scrum penalty) but it was over by the 62nd minute.

      The gap hasn't closed the AB's are simply still not at their peak. 30 mins of destruction showed that quite clearly

      The Winners Circle
      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 9:12AM
  • Last November our beloved ABs beat the Poms by 8 points, last week by 5 points and today by one point. Next week in Hamilton? The trend is your friend.

    Two issues. The yellow to Farrell was a disgrace. Brown’s try was good. The front of the ball touched the ground immediately. He was then partially rolled by the tacklers and his hand was between the ball and the ground. Watch the slow motion replay.

    The Big Auntie stands by her prediction, made six months ago, of a 2015 RWC final between the Poms and Froggies.

    Note to Muzzo. The Welsh ref who you praised so much last week was Nigel Owens and not Clive Owen. The latter is a Pommie actor and a gorgeous hunk he is too.

    Auntie Helen
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 8:51PM
    • @ Uncle He Len.... Oh yes Len & I suppose you will be singing their national anthem," God save the Queen". Oh, did I spell that right? Especially with you being a perfectionist in the Queens English.!!!!!

      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 10:21PM
    • Lol stupid comments about a trend because of scorelines, The ball for browns try was clearly still on his arm and not grounded yellow card was given because he was continually infringing, NZ were slow to fire up an in the 2nd half came out & punished them, Eng got a couple trys at the end.

      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 5:48AM
    • Oh auntie you obviously haven't seen either the game or the replay. Corey Jane's hand is under the front point of the ball you believe hit the ground..... you also missed the All Blacks had turned the ball over at the proceeding ruck & England should've been penalised for playing the ball on the ground. They blew too far past the ball meaning it was out of the ruck & fair game but the England player on the ground dragged it back in. The ref made 3 massive errors leading up to & awarding the try, the ball was out of the ruck so they had every right to walk around & pick it up, the Englishman should have been penalised for playing it on the ground when he dragged it back into the ruck & at no time did the ball get grounded for the try.......... but hey nice troll effort

      The Winners Circle
      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 9:32AM
    • Queeny, your one eyed glasses do you no justice. Farrell will always get binned because he annoys the hell out of all Refs with his continual 'bitching and moaning'. He has been told to 'shut up' in his last 4 internationals. His father should tape his mouth up.
      Jaco didn't want to award that try but his TMO convinced him to. Who was the TMO, none other than George Ayoub ( the Aussie version of Shaun Veldsman ), both sell their soul to the highest bidder before every game. Both George and Jaco will be asked to "please explain " in their reports. George wont be seen in the TMO box for a while.
      The English mid-field were up offside all game but the two northern touchies never once saw it, funny that. The final score flatter the Poms but one point is still a win.

      Coach's Comment
      Sunshine Coast
      Date and time
      June 15, 2014, 11:55AM

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