The English fans once again drowned the All Blacks Haka and that seemed to work in their advantage as Jonny May scored his first international try after an impressive outside break. Owen Farrell went wide with the resultant conversion.
May pushed for another try with his killer pace but he was timely brought down by the already bruised All Blacks defence. The All Blacks seemed rattled and England searched for their second try of the match when Eastmond sent a wonderful pass to Brown but the fullback dropped it.
Fly half Aeron Cruden silenced the Twickenham crowd on the 14 minute mark with a beautiful try. He, however, failed giving the visitors the lead when his conversion kick sailed off coast.
He was made to rue his miss when Farrell restored England’s lead 2 minutes later courtesy of a penalty goal.
Cruden levelled matters only for England to end the captivating half 14-11 thanks to Farrell’s penalty right at the stroke of the half.
New Zealand reaped the second half try chart open in the 46th minute following an easy run in for McCaw on the overlap after Read and Franks set it up. Cruden failed extending the 4 point lead.
The rains eventually started lashing down and Cole was yellow carded but the English failed to utilise. infact, replacement Barrett made no mistake squeezing his penalty kick in-between the sticks in the 66th minute.
With the World Cup not far off, the All Blacks ensured that they will return to England with a mission of proving they are the world’s greatest side, despite having lost to South Africa in October.
Final Score: England 21 New Zealand 24
Tries – May
Penalty – Farrell (3)
Conversion – Farrell
Tries – McCaw, Faumuina, Cruden
Penalty – Cruden (2), Barrett
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Bradd Barritt, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Dave Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett