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New Zealand hold on to beat England

Julian Savea of New Zealand breaks through the tackle from Mike Brown

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Article Published: Saturday 16 November 2013|

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New Zealand's All Blacks held on against a persistent England team to win 22-30 at Twickenham on Saturday.

England recovered from being 3-17 down to lead 22-20 midway through the second half but Julian Savea's second try helped the world champions pull clear in the final quarter.

Kieran Read, who was sin-binned in the first half, also crossed for the All Blacks while Joe Launchbury scored England's only try, while Owen Farrell kicked 17 points.

The result brings an end to England's six match winning streak at home which started last year with a 38-21 victory over New Zealand,

The world champions, for whom this win atoned for their shock loss at Twickenham nearly a year ago, led by 14 points as early as the 17th minute.

But England recovered to lead 22-20 heading into the final quarter.

However, Julian Savea then scored his second try of the match -- the wing's 18th in 19th Tests -- and the All Blacks saw the game out to keep alive their hopes of a perfect calendar year heading into their final match of 2013 against Ireland in Dublin next weekend.

For 2015 World Cup hosts England, defeat meant they ended their November campaign on a losing note after wins over Australia and Argentina but there was plenty of encouragement for coach Stuart Lancaster in his side's performance against the self-styled "most dominant team in the history of the world".

"The guys have been believing in themselves," said New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

"We focused on getting down there and getting the points. It was a cracking test between two committed teams. It's going to be a heck of a week, but tonight we will celebrate Dan Carter's 100th Test."

England skipper Chris Robshaw added: "They are the world's number one team. The difference between them and us at the moment is they take their chances. It's never easy to give them seven points early on and play catch up.

"I'm extremely proud of the guys. We are going in the right direction, which is important."

An enthralling first half saw New Zealand race into a 17-3 lead but the All Blacks were just 20-16 ahead come half-time.

By then New Zealand star fly-half Dan Carter had gone off injured in his 100th Test.

It took New Zealand fewer than two minutes to score the first try of the match through Savea.

Ma'a Nonu's well-judged chip ahead set up a New Zealand line-out five metres from England's line.

All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read then twice did brilliantly to set up Savea's score. First he took a poor pass from McCaw that bounced in front of him and then delivered a superb inside ball to Savea that took out three covering England defenders.

Savea strolled over and, with international record points-scorer Carter kicking the conversion, New Zealand were 7-0 up.

Minutes later England were on the scoreboard when fly-half Owen Farrell kicked a 45-metre penalty.

In the 11th minute, England wing Ben Foden thought he'd scored a length-of-the-field intercept try but South African referee Craig Joubert brought play back for a penalty for offside by flanker Robshaw and Carter made it 10-3 to New Zealand.

England were struggling to get their hands on the ball and the All Blacks' pressure produced a second try, this time for Read, in the 16th minute.

Lock Brodie Retallick's pass set prop Owen Franks off on a charging run.

From the ruck, scrum-half Aaron Smith released full-back Israel Dagg and his pass sent in Read. Carter converted and New Zealand led 17-3.

England did manage to establish some control from the re-start through several close-range scrums before opting for a five-metre line-out.

After replays were inconclusive as to whether No.8 Billy Vunipola had got the ball down for a try, England struck from a five-metre scrum when lock Joe Launchbury crossed after Read's knock-on.

Farrell kicked the conversion and England were back in the match at 10-17 down. New Zealand then suffered a further setback when Carter limped off just 26 minutes into his landmark appearance .

Soon afterwards his replacement, Aaron Cruden, kicked a 40-metre penalty, awarded for offside, to extend New Zealand's lead to 20-10.

But New Zealand found themselves a man down when Read was sin-binned in the 33rd minute.

Farrell then landed two more kicks before half-time.

England moved to within a point, at 19-20, when, after replacement Wyatt Crockett's cynical block on wing Chris Ashton, Farrell kicked his fourth penalty in the 53rd minute.

And when McCaw infringed at a ruck, Farrell kicked England into a two-point lead.

But New Zealand hit back in the 64th minute after winning possession at an England line-out.

Charles Piutau went close before being denied by full-back Mike Brown's last-ditch tackle but New Zealand, switching play, then saw Nonu's pass out of the tackle release man-of-the-match Savea for a well-taken try.

Cruden converted and then added a penalty to leave New Zealand two scores in front and there was no way back for England.

Final Score England 22 (16) New Zealand 30 (22)

Scorers

England
Tries - Launchbury
Pen - Farrell 4
Con - Farrell
Drop -

New Zealand
Tries -Savea 2 ,Read
Pen - Carter 2, Cruden
Con - Carter, Cruden 2
Drop -

Teams

England

Mike Brown; Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Foden; Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw (capt), Tom Wood; Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury; Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Joe Marler

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Matt Mullan, David Wilson, Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Alex Goode.

New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Charles Piutau, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty.

 
 
 
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