All Blacks reckon clash with England bigger than Lions series

Sherman Parsons
November 14, 2018

ENGLAND'S Sam Underhill was denied a late and potentially matchwinning try as world champions New Zealand came from 15-0 down to win 16-15 at a rainswept Twickenham.

New Zealand had earlier recovered from the shock of England's impressive start to be just five points down at half-time thanks to fullback Damian McKenzie's converted try and a Barrett penalty.

England's Sam Underhill races away for his late "try" that never was.

England have been led in these November games by co-captains Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell.

Tuilagi's arguably best match in an England shirt came during his try-scoring display in a 38-21 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in 2012.

Long-range kick specialist Elliot Daly's penalty then set-up a line-out just 10 metres from the New Zealand try-line.

New Zealand: McKenzie (Mo'unga 63); B Smith, Goodhue, Williams (Crosby 30), Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith (Perenara 63); Tu'inukuafe (Tuungafasi 56), Taylor (Coles 44), Franks (Laulala 44), Retallick, Whitelock, Squire (S Barrett 52), Savea (Todd 68), Read. "The game in England is very different to other parts of the world and we have a realistic opportunity". It loved us last week and didn't love us this week... "It's been a while since we played in these conditions", All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.

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The All Blacks celebrated a sixth straight win against England, and inflicted the second home defeat of Jones' three-season tenure.

Argentina boss Mario Ledesma has warned Ireland that it's highly unlikely that the All Blacks will have two bad games in-a-row after an uncharacteristic performance against England that saw them very almost lose in Twickenham.

Jones plans to name his strongest available side for the Japan match, amid talk he might use a game against a "lesser" opponent as a chance to give fringe players Test experience. The try was disallowed though, Lawes having strayed offside, and New Zealand saw out the game. But it was a good tussle that we are only going to improve from.

Farrell coming up against Beauden Barrett to prove who is the best number 10 in the world and Brad Shields coming up against his country in only his second match at Twickenham added to the narrative.

"But I suspect the game that we play, how the All Blacks play, and the fact England have had a few matches, it could be a little bit different this weekend", he added. If we'd kept going for another five minutes, we would have got them.

"The referee is referring a hard game and it's only getting faster and more hard, so we have to make sure keep supporting the referees. They get 2,000 yen a day, while our professional players, the foreigners we have in our team, don't get paid for playing for Japan", Joseph explained.

The wearing of poppies to commemorate the fallen has raised emotions in recent times, with Manchester United footballer Nemanja Matic refusing to wear one on his shirt last weekend because it reminded him of his childhood when the former Yugoslavia was bombed in a NATO-air campaign that lasted 78 days in 1999.

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