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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006, 15:00 GMT
England v NZ as it happened
By Ben Dirs

Latest updates first (times GMT):

FULL-TIME: England 20-41 New Zealand
Six defeats on the bounce for England and, to be fair, they were never really in it. A bitty performance by the hosts; an efficient, if not great, performace by the All Blacks. That just tells you how good they are. A record Twickenham defeat by England on the day the new South Stand was opened.

77 mins: Richards makes a half-break for England but loses the ball when he could have kept hold of it. Typical of England's day.

73 mins: PENALTY England 20-41 New Zealand
Grewcock's old indiscipline surfaces as he concedes a penalty for pulling the hair of scrum-half Ellis. Stupid boy. Carter makes England pay with another three-pointer.

72 mins: England haven't been able to make their numerical advantage count - in fact, the All Blacks have probably had more of the ball since the exit of Masoe.

70 mins: More replacements - So'oialo and Dermody come on for the All Blacks.

69 mins: Sivivatu on for Gear on the All Black right wing - what extraordinary strength in depth.

67 mins: Ellis replaces Kelleher at number nine for the All Blacks.

66 mins: PENALTY England 20-38 New Zealand
Carter collects another three-pointer from the right flank to take his personal tally to 23 and the game looks up for England.

64 mins: PENALTY England 20-35 New Zealand
Number eight Masoe is sent to the bin for falling on the wrong side and will miss the next 10 minutes. Hodgson slots the easy penalty.

62 mins: Richards is on for Perry at scrum-half for England.

60 mins: Sale back-row Lund enters the fray in place of Sanderson.

58 mins: TRY England 17-35 New Zealand
Perry, who was welding in Coventry not so long ago, gobbles up a Mauger kick and runs almost the length of the field to score on debut. Lovely stuff. Hodgson misses the extras.

55 mins: TRY England 12-35 New Zealand
England's back-line is left looking like a battered old wind sock once again. Carter goes outside Allen far too easily in midfield, handing off an upright tackle and sauntering in under the posts. He has the two extra as well.

53 mins: England are penalised for Moody coming in from the side and Carter has the chance to calm the Kiwi wobbles. However, he pushes it well wide from the right-hand touch-line.

50 mins: New Zealand have taken their eye off the ball at the start of the second half, literally in the case of Nonu, who fumbles a pass into touch.

47 mins: England get a penalty straight in front of the posts from 43m out, but Hodgson pushes it wide. But England are putting the All Blacks under pressure and forcing them into errors, which is encouraging.

45 mins: TRY England 12-28 New Zealand
Cohen dives over in the corner when it looks like England's backs might have fluffed the chance again. It's laboured, but they find a cutting edge in the end. Cohen's 31st try for England, and Hodgson lands a fine two-pointer from the left-hand touch-line.

43 mins: A bit of argy-bargy between White and Mealamu and Hodgson finds the corner with his penalty.

41 mins: Too tight by England, with Perry attempting to flip the ball out to Noon on the right wing only for it to roll harmlessly into touch. Good, spirited start by England however.

40 mins: Hodgson gets the second half under way. England need to cut out the mistakes and be more clinical in attack if they want to narrow the gap.

HALF-TIME: England 5-28 New Zealand
A somewhat shell-shocked England make their way into the dressing rooms after a high-octane first half. The hosts had 58% of the territory but, as is often the case, weren't able to make it tell. The All Blacks, on the other hand, don't muck about when they've got the ball in hand.

40+ mins: TRY England 5-28 New Zealand
A Moody mistake deep into All Black territory allows Rokocoko to carry the ball into England's half and set up a fine try. The ball is spun out to the right from a ruck, lobbed between six or seven sets of hands like a game of pass the parcel and the move finished by prop Hayman after a cute inside pass from Nonu. Carter, uncharacteristically, misses the two-pointer.

40 mins: TRY England 5-23 New Zealand
Woe for debutant Allen, attempting to find Balshaw in the All Black half only to find the marauding Rokocoko, who races 70 metres to score. Carter kicks the conversion.

38 mins: PENALTY England 5-16 New Zealand
Carter kicks a monster three-pointer to put 11 points between the All Blacks and the hosts. England wilting now.

34 mins: Poor finishing from England once again. Kelleher finds Balshaw with an awful kick and the England full-back flings the ball out to Noon on the left flank. Noon cuts back inside but can only flip the ball onto the turf when a scissors with Cohen looks to be on.

29 mins: TRY England 5-13 New Zealand
England hit back, debutant Allen at inside centre making the half-break and Noon picking up the bouncing ball before romping over. Deserved try from England, but Hodgson misses the extras.

21 mins: TRY England 0-13 New Zealand
New Zealand score their first try of the match, Mauger going over in the corner after a superb break by Gear. Having left England's back-line in tatters, Gear then finds prop Woodcock who is just brought up short. However, the ubiquitous McCaw is on hand to flip the ball out to Mauger who ambles over unimpeded. Carter kicks the extras from the touch-line.

17 mins: England winger Sackey runs the ball out of defence and sets up a decent England counter-attack. However, Cohen is tackled out on the left wing by Nonu and his kick through goes dead. Confidence-boosting stuff from Wasps man Sackey, making his debut.

13 mins: PENALTY England 0-6 New Zealand
Rampaging stuff from New Zealand and England go off-side with the visitors threatening the try-line. Carter steps up and doubles New Zealand's lead from out left.

10 mins: The England scrum is getting shoved about, putting a lot of pressure on debutant Perry at scrum-half - but the Bristol man is coping well thus far.

4 mins: England outside centre Noon looks to have hit back immediately, crashing over in the corner after some good, quick hands from the England back-line. However, the video ref reckons Nonu had an arm under the ball. Looked unlikely, but it's a five-metre scrum to England and not the five points they wanted.

3 mins: PENALTY England 0-3 New Zealand
Carter, from straight in front of the posts, kicks New Zealand into the lead.

2 mins: The All Blacks get the first penalty of the game as England have a dig around with their hands in the ruck.

1 min: Referee Joel Jutge blows his whistle and All Black fly-half Carter kicks off. Let battle commence.

1535: The All Blacks perform the haka, but with no throat-slitting on this occasion. Shame, I thought that was a lovely touch.

1534: A record 82,000 climb to their feet to belt out God Save the Queen. Even with that many people, it still sounds ruddy awful. Jerusalem I say - but I'm sure that will come.

1532: Not sure who the lady is who's singing the New Zealand anthem, but she's very good indeed. She's given it a sort of folksy edge - skipper Richie McCaw is loving it.

1529: The All Black boys are out and the England team follow closely behind, accompanied by some Rage Against the Machine. They will be choking on their foie gras out in the Twickers car park.

1525: The new South Stand is officially opened by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell, who pings a rugby ball through the posts using some strange mechanical contraption. Eat your heart out Diana Ross.

1522: The respective flags are carried into Twickenham and we're seven minutes to scheduled kick-off. The sometimes library-like Twickenham is rocking. It's like the Shed End at Stamford Bridge - before Chelsea got good.

1515: "It will be a colossal contest and will be a good measuring stick to see where we are before the World Cup. People have inflated opinions of our abilities and people look too deeply into striking psychological blows."
All Blacks coach Graham Henry

1508: "Both front fives are very evenly matched and it will come down to the effectiveness of the backs. England's backs are inexperienced and young - but have huge talent." Former England prop Jason Leonard

1506: "So little is expected of them, England can go out and chance their arm. It's a no lose situation."
Former England hooker Brian Moore

England will be hoping to halt a five-match losing streak when they take on New Zealand at Twickenham on Sunday.

Coach Andy Robinson's side are in desperate need of a confidence boost with the defence of their world title less than a year away.

But Graham Henry's Tri-Nations champions have won 15 of their last 16 Tests and will be keen to lay down a marker ahead of next year's World Cup.

New Zealand won 23-19 when the sides met at Twickenham last November.

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.

England v New Zealand photos
05 Nov 06 |  Rugby Union


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