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England 15-16 New Zealand: All Blacks fight back to win at Twickenham
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England 15-16 New Zealand: All Blacks fight back to win at Twickenham

Chris Ashton crossed for his first England try since scoring against New Zealand four years ago
Autumn internationals:
England: (15) 15
Tries: Ashton, Hartley Cons: Farrell Drop Goal: Farrell
New Zealand: (10) 16
Try: McKenzie Cons: Barrett Pens: Barrett (2) Drop Goal: Barrett
Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two and online at 19:30 GMT

England gave up a 15-point lead as New Zealand fought back to clinch a narrow win thanks to the boot of Beauden Barrett at a rain-drenched Twickenham.

Chris Ashton marked his international return with a try and Dylan Hartley grounded from a rolling maul as England opened a 15-0 lead after 25 minutes.

But Damian McKenzie crossed for the All Blacks and Barrett’s penalty cut the lead to just five at half-time.

Barrett then edged the All Blacks ahead with a drop goal and a penalty.

Sam Underhill thought he had given England a first win over the world champions in six years with a late breakaway try, but saw his effort ruled out.

Speaking after the game, England fly-half Owen Farrell focused on the positives. “We are growing all the time, I don’t think we want it all smooth sailing because we want to peak in 2019,” he said.

“Of course we want to win now, but we can use this. We are pushing some of the best teams now.”

‘A brilliant step-up for England’ – analysis

Matt Dawson, former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live:

I think everyone expected New Zealand to be far too drilled, far too fit, far too motivated and to demolish England.

It was nothing of the sort. Yes, New Zealand were poor today and weren’t at their best, and we all know if you’re going to beat them you need that luck on your side.

This is still a brilliant step-up for England, especially seeing how poor they’d been in previous games this year. They went toe-to-toe with the best and I said it at the time – three points is everything. When you’re under the posts, you take the points and it’s those fine margins that we need to get right.

Brian Moore, former England hooker on BBC TV:

“England’s downfall lay in the second half and particularly the line-out.

“You have to give them credit for limiting the All Blacks to a single point, though. They deserve a lot of credit for their efforts in the second half, but their line-out let them down.”


England: Daly; Ashton, Slade, Te’o, May; Farrell, Youngs; Moon, Hartley, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Shields, Underhill, Wilson.

Replacements: George, Hepburn, Williams, Ewels, Lawes, Care, Ford, Nowell.

New Zealand: McKenzie; Smith, Goodhue, Williams, Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; K Tu’inukuafe, Taylor, Franks, Whitelock, Retallick, Squire, Savea, Read.

Replacements: Coles, Tu’ungafasi, Laulala, S Barrett, Todd, Perenara, Mo’unga, Crotty.

More to follow.

Source BBC News

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