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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006, 17:21 GMT
England 20-41 New Zealand
All Blacks star Dan Carter shrugs off the tackles of Julian White (left) and Andrew Sheridan
Man-of-the-match Carter shrugs off England's resistance

England (5) 20
Tries: Noon, Cohen, Perry
Con: Hodgson
Pen: Hodgson

New Zealand (28) 41
Tries: Mauger, Rokocoko, Hayman, Carter
Cons: Carter 3
Pens Carter 5

England lost their sixth straight match and suffered a record home defeat as Dan Carter led New Zealand to victory.

Jamie Noon's early try was disallowed - he did score later but Joe Rokocoko and Carl Hayman's tries just before the break put New Zealand well in command.

England took the game to the All Blacks in the second half and had a man over when Chris Masoe was sin-binned.

But fly-half Carter scored 26 points as New Zealand eased home despite tries by Ben Cohen and debutant Shaun Perry.

In the first match under England's restructured set-up and in front of Twickenham's new South Stand, coach Andy Robinson's side were hoping to produce something for a record 82,000 crowd to cheer about.

But although they showed determination, England were guilty of careless errors at crucial moments and the All Blacks dominated the scrums.

We felt we had the capabilities to beat the All Blacks - in the end, mistakes cost us

Martin Corry
England captain
The 21-point losing margin was England's worst defeat on home soil - surpassing their 29-11 loss against South Africa nine years ago.

Carter, a late addition to the All Blacks side following an injury to his understudy Nick Evans, soon underlined his status as arguably the best back in world rugby.

The fly-half put them into an early lead with a penalty after England were guilty of keeping their hands in a ruck, and his clinical kicking continued to punish the home side whenever they transgressed.

But England hit straight back with some quick handling sending Noon clear.

The Newcastle centre had Danny Grewcock outside him but chose to go it alone and seemed to have grounded the ball after rolling over the line under some All Black tackling.

But referee Joel Jutge called for the video and no try was awarded because it was not conclusively clear that Noon had grounded.

Jamie Noon scores England's first try
Noon dives over to score England's opening try
Noon did get his name on the try-sheet later in the half, reacting quickly to scoop up Anthony Allen's pass that had bounced behind Iain Balshaw and sprinting over the line.

But the All Blacks had already established a healthy cushion by then, thanks to Aaron Mauger's try, which was set up for him by Rico Gear, and Carter, who kicked conversions and penalties with metronomic consistency.

And two tries just before the break put the visitors almost out of sight.

Firstly Rokocoko intercepted Allen's telegraphed pass to race up the pitch and touch down.

Then in the last action of the half, Carl Hayman crossed over the line after a neat passing movement stemming from a dropped pass by Lewis Moody, which Rokocoko carried up the field.

We are short of our best form but there is room for improvement

Dan Carter
New Zealand fly-half
Despite that double whammy, England came out full of heart at the start of the second half and were almost instantly rewarded for continuing to take the game to the All Blacks.

A long and laboured move ended with Cohen diving over on the wing and England were threatening to build some momentum, but the All Blacks struck back in typically ruthless fashion.

Carter brushed off Allen's feeble attempt at a tackle to break the England line and sprint clear for a simple try.

England hung on, with Perry charging down Mauger's kick and taking the ball down the other end for a memorable debut try.


A glimmer of hope for the home side came when Masoe was sin-binned for getting caught underneath Cohen.

But Hodgson missed the easy penalty that resulted and the All Blacks even extended their lead despite being a man down.

Carter rounded off his man-of-the-match performance with a couple more penalties as England's new rugby supremo Rob Andrew was given plenty to think about ahead of England's defence of their world crown next year.

England: Balshaw; Sackey, Noon, Allen, Cohen; Hodgson, Perry; Sheridan, Chuter, White; Grewcock, Kay; Corry (capt), Moody, Sanderson.
Replacements: Mears, Turner, Jones, Lund, Richards, Goode, Van Gisbergen.

New Zealand: Muliaina; Gear, Nonu, Mauger, Rokocoko; Carter, Kelleher; Woodcock, Mealamu, Hayman; Jack, Robinson; Thorne, McCaw (capt), Masoe.
Replacements: Hore, Afoa, Dermody, So'oialo, Ellis, MacDonald, Sivivatu.

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