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New Zealand edge England by a point to win series

Ben Smith beats Billy Twelvetrees on his way to the tryline

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Article Published: Saturday 14 June 2014|

New Zealand's All Blacks followed up last week's victory over England with a 28-27 win over England in Dunedin New Zealand to win the three match series.

Both teams scored three tries each and the final result came down to penalty kicks and conversions.

Since winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011 the All Blacks have played 30 Tests and only England have managed to beat the World Champions.

Australia pulled off an 18 all draw in Brisbane in October 2012 and then four matches later England upset the All Blacks 21-38 at Twickenham.

In 2013 the All Blacks went through their season unbeaten and with the two victories over England over the last two weeks they are now on a 16 Test unbeaten streak.

A victory next week for the All Blacks will equal the record of 17 Tests held by New Zealand and South Africa.

England make a strong start to the contest and opened the scoring with a penalty after All Black captain Richie McCaw was caught offside.

England then scored the opening try as Marlanda Yarde slipped through three tackles and reached for the line to score. With the conversion after 8 minutes England were leading 0-10.

All Black number 10 Aaron Cruden opened the scoring for New Zealand with a penalty but the visitors continued to dominate territory and possession throughout the first half.

England failed to capitalise on an opportunity just before half time when Cory Jane lost the ball which England centre Manu Tuilagi, playing on the wing, picked up about 8m from the England tryline and raced towards the All Black tryline.

All Black fullback Ben Smith showed his superior pace and stopped Tuilagi short of the line. The match continued at a furious pace but New Zealand finished the first half scoring with another penalty from Aaron Cruden.

The second half was a different story as New Zealand took control of the match starting with a try from Ben Smith which put the home side into the lead for the first time at 11-10.

The All Blacks added a try from Julian Savea and then while Owen Farrell was in the sinbin for slowing the ball down Ma'a Nonu scored New Zealand's third try.

England fullback Mike Brown scored England's second try eight minutes from time but the match was never really in doubt for the All Blacks after Nonu had put England three scores ahead.

After the siren England replacement winger Chris Ashton scored a consolation try which Farrell converted.

The teams meet next week in the final Test in Hamilton where the All Blacks will be looking for a cleansweep and to match the record of Tests unbeaten while England will be playing for pride. England's midweek team will play the Crusaders on Tuesday.

Final Score New Zealand 28 (6) England 27 (10)


New Zealand
Tries - Smith, Savea, Nonu
Pen - Cruden 2, Barrett
Con - Cruden, Barrett
Drop -

Tries - Yarde, Brown, Ashton
Pen - Farrell 2
Con - Farrell 3
Drop -

Match Officials.
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Jérôme Garcès (France)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.


15 Mike Brown, 14 Manu Tuilagi, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Chris Ashton.

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