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All Blacks secure cleansweep over England

Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries for New Zealand

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Article Published: Saturday 21 June 2014|

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New Zealand's All Blacks scored a series cleansweep over England with a 36-13 victory in the third Test played in Hamilton on Saturday.

The All Blacks unlocked England's defence in the first half and went out to a 29-6 lead by half time as the home side found holes on both sides of the field.

Having come close to matching the All Blacks in the first two tests England looked in tatters in the first half as the All Blacks ran in four tries.

The second half was however a different affair as England tightened up their game and managed to keep the world champions scoreless until the final minute when Julian Savea score his hat trick try.

Savea's try on full time meant that the teams drew the second half 7 all and the first 40 minutes had cost England dearly.

Two first half tries each from Julian Savea and Aaron Smith put the All Blacks into such a commanding lead that the result was never in doubt after half an hour.

Throughout the series England have stood toe to toe with New Zealand for much of the time but at the same time they have suffered lapses which have cost them.

Last week England went missing for 15 minutes in the second half and in this week's Test England took a backward step - possibly two steps - in the first half as they looked overwhelmed by the pressure from the All Blacks.

England rallied from early on in the second half as the partnership of Manu Tuilagi and Marlande Yarde started to become more familiar with Yarde slipping through a number of tackles.

Yarde scored England's only try and also looked dangerous on a couple of occassions but the revival burnt out after 15 minutes as the All Blacks started to suck up the English attack.

With such a comfortable lead the All Black chose a line out instead of kicking for posts but their effort to drive over the line was killed off and the All Blacks failed to score again until extra time.

On the whole England can look at their tour of New Zealand with a positive eye as they won respect from the New Zealand public for their style of play.

Over the next 12 months head coach Stuart Lancaster has to settle on his best 15 players and make the team more clinical as they created opportunities but were unable to hammer the final nail in the All Black coffin.

The All Blacks on the other hand continue to dominate world rugby and this result equals the record of 17 consecutive Tier 1 Tests unbeaten.

New Zealand won the first Test 25-20 and the second Test 28-27 making this the biggest defeat on their tour.

England did however beat the New Zealand Super Rugby conference leaders the Crusaders 7-39 on Tuesday in a midweek match.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that their first half performance was about as good as they can play but the second half he found frustrating.

"That first half is as good a you'll see," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said.

"It's like the wheels fell off the train a bit in the second half.

"We got penalized three times in the scrum and went from their goalline to our goalline and put ourselves under a lot of pressure. "

"Then at lineout time, we couldn't organize a lineout call which was ironic because the lineout has been slow all year."

The All Blacks from 1695 to 1969 hold the record of 17 matches unbeaten and that was matched by South Africa between 1997 and 1998. The current crop of All Blacks have now matched the record.

The All Blacks next match is against Australia in Sydney on August the 16th in the Rugby Championship.

Final Score New Zealand 36 (29) England 13 (6)

Scorers

New Zealand
Tries - Savea (3), Smith (2)
Pen - Cruden
Con - Cruden (3), B.Barrett
Drop -

England
Tries - Yarde
Pen - Burns (2)
Con - Burns
Drop -

Match Officials
Referee:
Jerome Garces (France)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Teams

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 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 Liam Messam, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty.

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (capt), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Luther Burrell.

 
 
 
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