New Zealand hold on to beat England

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

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

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