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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 14:09 GMT
Clockwatch: England 31-28 NZ
All the action as England edge out the All Blacks 31-28 in a thrilling Twickenham showdown.

Second half:

80 mins (+2) The last throw of the dice for the All Blacks brings no luck and England seal a magnificent, if nervy, win.

It's only England's fifth victory over New Zealand.

But the young visiting team, missing many senior faces, will take heart from their fighting comeback.

80 mins: Desperate times for England as New Zealand win line-out ball near the try line. Ben Kay makes a superb catch to relieve the pressure and Wilkinson clears.

79 mins: New Zealand surge forward through Howlett and Blair, but Ben Cohen makes a potential game-saving tackle two yards out.

77 mins: A better phase of possession drives England into All Blacks territory. James Simpson-Daniel makes way for Austin Healey after a promising debut.

74 mins: The momentum is with the visitors, as is the ball. England are hanging on as the clock counts down.

70 mins: More Kiwi pressure and another try, this time for replacement scrum-half Danny Lee, who wriggles across the line with a jinking run. The conversion is good.
England 31-28 New Zealand

67 mins: Lomu is beginning to run riot, swatting away England players like flies. His determination sets up another siege on the England line, but Phil Vickery makes a spectacular saving tackle.

65 mins: These are key moments in the game as England try to keep their composure. They are disappointed when Wilkinson misses a rare kick at goal.

60 mins: Back come England with a tricky run from Jason Robinson. But the move breaks down after an ambitious chip kick.

57 mins: Jonah Lomu's hoodoo over England continues. His first try was controversial but his second is majestic as he brushes off desperate challenges to score.

Mehrtens adds the extra points and New Zealand are back in the match.
England 31-21 New Zealand

54 mins: Mehrtens takes over the Kiwi kicking duties from Ben Blair and misses a penalty from in front of the posts.

52 mins: Richard Hill is forced to leave the game, but his replacement is the highly-experienced Neil Back. England have already racked up their highest-ever score against New Zealand.

48 mins: England are having a brilliant spell and Ben Cohen surges through the New Zealand defensive line to score impressively. He celebrates with a huge dive under the posts and Wilkinson adds the extras.
England 31-14 New Zealand

45 mins: England steal the ball and drive forward through their try-scorer Lewis Moody and then debut-boy James Simpson-Daniel.

Moments later, Jonny Wilkinson chips a delightful ball over the Kiwi line and claims the ball to score a magnificent try. He adds the extras.
England 24-14 New Zealand

42 mins: The visiting All Blacks lay claim to the ball and gain good field position.

Kick-off: 1533GMT New Zealand start the second half without their most inflential player Carlos Spencer, while England replace Will Greenwood with Ben Johnson. Both departing players have injuries.

First half:

40 mins (+5): England pressure is rewarded when Simpson-Daniel and Wilkinson set up Lewis Moody for a try in the corner. Wilkinson misses the conversion as the half-time whistle blows.
England 17-14 New Zealand

40 mins (+2): After more stunning play by the Kiwis, England earn a penalty, which Wilkinson attempts to convert from inside his own half. He misses left.

39 mins: Worryingly for coach Clive Woodward, his England team look short on ideas as they try to reduce their arrears. They do, however, have Wilkinson's trusty left boot to thank for a penalty score.
England 12-14 New Zealand

36 mins: Blair misses the chance to extend the visitors' lead by slicing a kick at goal narrowly wide of the left post.

34 mins: Disaster for England as New Zealand catch a break in midfield and speedster Doug Howlett leaves Jason Robinson for dead and races home for the long-distance score. Ben Blair adds on the easy points.
England 9-14 New Zealand

31 mins: Carlos Spencer is having a blinding game for the All Blacks. Driven by his guile the visitors are a handful going forward against the hosts.

29 mins: As this long spell of pressure begins to relent, Wilkinson decides to take some points and slots home a precise drop kick.
England 9-7 New Zealand

26 mins: The England pack seems to have an edge and it mauls its way forward, before setting loose the backs. There is still no way over the Kiwi line.

23 mins: The home team are now camped in the New Zealand half. Will Greenwood tries a spin move and almost gets the score, but the visitors stand firm.

19 mins: A dazzling run by Jonny Wilkinson propels England up the field. They are showing some promising touches and look dangerous.

14 mins: New Zealand lay siege on the England line and earn their reward when the unstoppable Jonah Lomu drives over the line.

The try is shrouded in controversy as some television angles indicate the All Blacks giant had lost control of the ball. Ben Blair converts from an acute angle.
England 6-7 New Zealand

11 mins: Another dangerous moment deep in the England half. Kiwi Steve Devine tees up Carlos Spencer and Jason Robinson is forced to make a saving intervention for the home team.

9 mins: Another kick at goal is converted by the confident Wilkinson. If they were not aware before, New Zealand will have to limit their penalties if they are to have a chance in this game.
England 6-0 New Zealand

7 mins: Some good work from the New Zealand midfield threatens the England line, but the home side defend doggedly.

5 mins: A promising run from Will Greenwood sets up the first scoring chance of the match. Wilkinson slots home a superb kick to give England an early lead.
England 3-0 New Zealand

2 mins: Jonny Wilkinson relieves some early New Zealand pressure with a well-judged kick to touch. Incredibly, the young back is winning his 35th cap.

Kick-off: 1433GMT This eagerly-anticipated game gets under way after two rousing national anthems and an immaculately-observed minute's silence for the war dead.

English fans drown out the sound of the All Blacks' Haka, which is led by Jonah Lomu.


England fans are in boisterous mood as they file into Twickenham to watch their team play the mighty All Blacks.

New Zealand have sent over a virtual B-team, but it still includes Jonah Lomu, who has a tremendous record on these shores.

England coach Clive Woodward is seeking his first win over the visitors in six attempts.

He fields an almost full-strength side, handing a debut to young winger James Simpson-Daniel.


England: Jason Robinson; James Simpson-Daniel, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen; Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson; Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill, Lewis Moody, Danny Grewcock, Martin Johnson (captain), Phil Vickery, Steve Thompson, Trevor Woodman.
Replacements: Regan, Leonard, Kay, Back, Healey, Johnston, Stimpson.

New Zealand: Ben Blair; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Keith Lowen, Jonah Lomu; Carlos Spencer, Steve Devine; Sam Broomhall, Marty Holah, Taine Randell (captain), Keith Robinson , Ali Williams, Kees Meeuws, Andrew Hore, Joe McDonnell.
Replacements: Mealamu, Hayman, Mika, So'oialo, Lee, Mehrtens, M. Robinson.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)


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