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New Zealand 44-12 England

New Zealand (20) 44
Tries: Kahui, Carter, Nonu, Lauaki, Cowan
Cons: Carter 4, Donald Pens: Carter 3

England (0) 12
Tries: Care, Varndell Cons: Barkley

By James Standley

Dan Carter (left) is congratulated by Ma'a Nonu and Richard Kahui after scoring
Carter (left), Nonu and Kahui all scored tries for New Zealand

England's ill-fated tour of New Zealand ended in a second heavy defeat.

The All Blacks led 20-0 at half-time in Christchurch through tries from Richard Kahui and Dan Carter, who added two penalties and two conversions.

England finally got on the board when Danny Care crossed for a converted try after he took a quick tap penalty.

But Ma'a Nonu, Sione Lauaki and Jimmy Cowan added further converted tries for the All Blacks, with Tom Varndell's score little consolation for England.

The build-up to the Test had been overshadowed by allegations of sexual abuse levelled at four England players, although no formal complaint has been lodged and the players deny the allegations.

Stand-in England manager Rob Andrew had axed most of the backline from the first Test but although there were a few bright moments for a youthful England side they were once again outgunned and conceded their third highest total against the All Blacks.

Despite the comprehensive final scoreline England started well in the first Test defeat in Auckland, but any hopes of keeping the All Blacks quiet in Christchurch were rapidly undone by the first in a series of errors.


They claimed the kick-off well enough but when they tried to work their way out of their 22 through the forwards, hooker Lee Mears was penalised for holding on and Carter slotted the simple penalty.

England tried to play the game with pace and Varndell and James Haskell caused New Zealand brief alarms in the left-hand corner, but the hosts' defence held firm before their attack exploded into life.

England lost momentum as they tried some laboured attacks around the fringes and when they kicked the ball deep Sitiveni Sivivatu countered with intent.

New Zealand switched the ball to the right and Carter made a slashing break past Jamie Noon - who had been brought in to shore up England's flimsy midfield - before scissoring with Kahui.

The debutant centre glided round under the posts and Carter converted and added a penalty to give the hosts a 13-0 lead.

England nearly hit back when the lively Luke Narraway freed Varndell after Carter had failed to claim a hanging kick, but the Leicester winger just slid into touch in Leon MacDonald's tackle before dotting down.

The All Blacks, who had already lost Ali Williams, suffered a further blow as captain Richie McCaw limped off after 27 minutes.

Richie McCaw is helped off in Christchurch
McCaw had to be helped off after suffering a leg injury

But New Zealand put the talismanic flanker's loss to the back of their minds and immediately scored their second try, Carter scything untouched through the England midfield from a five-metre scrum and adding the conversion to make it 20-0.

England then lost a player themselves to injury as Toby Flood finally succumbed to the shoulder injury he suffered making a try-saving tackle on Kahui.

England nearly got on the scoreboard just before the break, but after regathering his own chip ahead Tait spilled the ball in Adam Thomson's tackle.

They should have finally broken their duck a minute into the second half but Barkley, on for Flood at fly-half, missed a simple penalty from in front of the sticks.

Care sniped over from a quick tap penalty, with Barkley converting from wide out, as England finally broke their duck, but New Zealand hit back when Carter and Sivivatu carved open the midfield and the latter sent Nonu powering over.

On the hour mark Lauaki rumbled over from a five-metre scrum and with Carter on target with both conversions the hosts led 37-7.

Varndell atoned for his earlier miss when he crossed on the right from Tait's pass after England mounted a rare threatening attack.

But New Zealand ended the match on the front foot and although they had tries from Sivivatu and Thomson chalked off for infringements they did add a fifth converted try through replacement scrum-half Cowan on the final hooter.

New Zealand: MacDonald, Sivivatu, Kahui, Nonu, Wulf, Carter, Ellis, So'oialo, McCaw, Thomson, Williams, Thorn, Somerville, Hore, Tialata.

Replacements: Muliaina for Kahui (73), Donald for Carter (74), Cowan for Ellis (68), Lauaki for McCaw (27), Boric for Williams (15), Mealamu for Hore (65), Woodcock for Tialata (40).

England: Tait, Ojo, Tindall, Noon, Varndell, Flood, Care, Narraway, Rees, Haskell, Borthwick, Palmer, Stevens, Mears, Payne.

Replacements: Barkley for Flood (29), Kay for Palmer (68), Hobson for Stevens (72), Worsley for Narraway (57), Croft for Rees (57), Richards for Tait (73), Paice for Mears (74).

Sin Bin: Tindall (61).

see also
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