Saturday, 15 December, 2018

England vs New Zealand Report

Joe Moody is assisted by Dr Tony Page after suffering a bad cut to his eye during training GETTY IMAGESJoe Moody is assisted by Dr Tony Page after suffering a bad cut to his eye during training
| 14 November, 2018, 04:41

Head coach Eddie Jones refused to be drawn on the controversial decision which denied England a memorable win over New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Just four minutes remained when England thought they were about to record just an eighth win in 41 Tests against the All Blacks when Courtney Lawes charged down replacement TJ Perenara's kick and Underhill, weaving his way past Beauden Barrett, crossed.

England gave themselves their best chance of beating the All Blacks for the first time since 2013 when they raced to a 15-0 lead in the first half on Saturday.

Hansen said he made a decision to go with McKenzie to take the pressure off fly-half Beauden Barrett and offer New Zealand two playmakers to make it tougher for England.

"I also liked the way Sam Underhill played", Dallaglio said.

Jones was rightly proud of his team's effort and they will go into the next two tests against Japan and Australia on November 17 and 24 brimming with confidence.

"He was just about in the halfback's back pocket".

He believes opponents are often bewitched by New Zealand's dazzling skills, reducing them to the role of spectators as their try-line is repeatedly breached before coming to their senses. "The game in England is very different to other parts of the world and we have a realistic opportunity".

Jones said: 'Dylan has a thumb problem so he struggled gripping the jersey of the tighthead and that caused us problems in the scrum, which is why we took him off a bit earlier than we normally would.


Barrett said that after the initial shock, the All Blacks consolidated and got their game back on track.

But back to back victories over South Africa were followed by a courageous performance against the All Blacks in which several players excelled, including lock Maro Itoje, flyhalf Owen Farrell and 22-year-old flanker Underhill. Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes the game doesn't love you.

Before the match some players had called on England fans to drown out the Haka and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" rang around "HQ" as the All Blacks performed the traditional war dance.

"But we are playing at Twickenham and the players are going to experience a different style".

Opposite number Steve Hansen insisted that Lawes was a mile offside, with his only fear that the officials would not be "brave enough" to overturn it.

Farrell kicked the restart straight into touch, and the All Blacks used the last chance to attack and earn a penalty in front of the posts.

Hansen added: "I thought England were very, very good and I thought we showed a lot of character". I've got three days to train them.

They allowed McKenzie to make ground after missing a couple of first-up tackles, with England wing Jonny May eventually penalised for offside as he intercepted a pass. They are the best team in the world. Hartley found Itoje from the line out and the England maul drove perfectly, aided by everyone, over the line and Hartley only his third worldwide try, this time his fellow co-captain added the extras.

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