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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 June, 2004, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
New Zealand 36-12 England
MATCH DETAILS
All Blacks wing Joe Rokococko scores one of his three tries against England
N Zealand: 36 (10)
Tries: Carter, Rokocoko 3, Spencer
Cons: Carter 4
Pen: Carter
England: 12 (6)
Pens: Hodgson 4
England were condemned to another All Blacks bruising after Simon Shaw's red card left them playing with 14 men for most of an eventful Test in Auckland.

The world champions were leading 6-0 when Shaw was sent off after 10 minutes for kneeing New Zealand lock Keith Robinson in the back.

The home side took advantage to score five tries, wing Joe Rokocoko leading the way by claiming a hat-trick.

England resisted bravely but could only manage four Charlie Hodgson penalties.

Ragged in Dunedin a week ago, England were far more committed from the outset in Auckland.

After surviving an early break-out from Marty Holah, the visitors appeared to be winning the early forward exchanges.

Trevor Woodman forced Carl Hayman to concede a penalty at a scrum after five minutes which Hodgson dispatched in front of the posts.

Then a Woodman break, supported by Joe Worsley and Shaw, saw the All Blacks fall offside in midfield and Hodgson kicked them 6-0 ahead.

Captain Lawrence Dallaglio reacts with horror as Simon Shaw (left) is sent off
Lawrence Dallaglio reacts with horror as Shaw (left) is sent off
But the course of the game was dramatically altered after 10 minutes when Robinson, lying offside at the back of a ruck, received a knee in the back from Shaw.

The incident sparked a mini brawl and after consultation with his touch judge, Australian Stuart Dickinson, referee Nigel Williams brandished a red card to Shaw's shock and dismay.

Down to 14 men with 70 minutes still to play, England's plight was not eased when they were promptly marched back 90 metres after Mark Regan took out Justin Marshall off the ball.

Carter kicked the penalty, but it was 20 minutes before the All Blacks scored again as England defended heroically.

The dangerous Mils Muliaina slipped through three tackles only for Ben Cohen to knock the ball out of Marshall's hands on the line.

England's under-manned pack also survived two scrums on their own line, while Hodgson was narrowly off target with a drop goal.

The sending-off just ruined the game
England captain Lawrence Dallaglio
To add injury to insult, the tourists then lost both their centres within six minutes, Stuart Abbott and Mike Tindall forced off with shoulder and hip problems respectively.

Tindall sustained his in a desperate attempt to stop Carter scoring the opening try, after Rokocoko had done the damage by brushing aside three tacklers.

The video referee adjudged Carter had gained downward pressure despite Tom Voyce's tackle, and the centre converted his own try to make it 10-6.

New Zealand scented blood but Marshall's dreadful forward pass wasted another opening.

England stuck in there and showed their true grit
NZ captain Tana Umaga
Instead, incredibly, England finished the half on the attack, a lovely outside break from Olly Barkley - on for Tindall - almost bringing a try.

Another poor Marshall pass on the resumption again let England off the hook but they were cut open by some superb New Zealand handling in the 46th minute.

The All Blacks decoy runners drew in the England midfield and Rokocoko went over in the left corner for his 19th try in only his 14th Test.

He added his 20th and 21st by the 66th minute as New Zealand made their extra man tell.

The first was a simple finish to another flowing move, before the big wing beat Josh Lewsey in the air to Carlos Spencer's high cross-field kick for his hat-trick.

Carter converted all three to maintain his impeccable record, although two Hodgson penalties had kept England in touch.

Their sense of injustice was compounded when Keven Mealamu escaped censure for a blatantly high hit on Matt Dawson, one of four more England replacements.

New Zealand were belatedly down to 14 men themselves when Holah was sin-binned, but responded with a superb fifth try from Spencer.


New Zealand: N Evans; M Muliaina, T Umaga (capt), D Carter, J Rokocoko, C Spencer, J Marshall; K Meeuws, K Mealamu, C Hayman, K Robinson, C Jack, J Gibbes, M Holah, X Rush.
Replacements: Hore, Woodcock, Collins, Kelleher, Mehrtens, Tuitupou, Newby.

England: J Lewsey; T Voyce, M Tindall, S Abbott, B Cohen; C Hodgson, A Gomarsall; T Woodman, M Regan, J White, S Shaw, S Borthwick, J Worsley, R Hill, L Dallaglio (capt).
Replacements: A Titterrell, M Stevens, D Grewcock, M Lipman, M Dawson, O Barkley, F Waters.

Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales).




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SEE ALSO
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