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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 November 2005, 16:22 GMT
England 19-23 New Zealand
Tana Umaga collects a pass from Dan Carter on his way to scoring New Zealand's first try
England 19 (10)
Try: Corry
Con: Hodgson
Pens: Hodgson 3
New Zealand 23 (13)
Tries: Umaga, Mealamu
Cons: Carter 2
Pens: Carter 3
New Zealand stayed on course for a 'grand slam' over the home unions by holding off an England fightback in a pulsating finale at Twickenham.

An early Martin Corry try put England ahead but the All Blacks led 13-10 at half-time after a try from Tana Umaga.

Dan Carter inspired a second score for hooker Keven Mealamu and Carter's third penalty gave New Zealand a 23-13 lead.

They had three players sin-binned and Charlie Hodgson kicked two penalties but England were denied a winning try.

New Zealand now move on to Edinburgh, where they will be expected to beat Scotland next Saturday and complete only their second clean sweep of the four home unions.

England were quickest out of the blocks and scored their first try in four meetings with the All Blacks inside the third minute.

Everyone is absolutely devastated
England captain Martin Corry

Matt Dawson charged down an Aaron Mauger clearance kick on his own line and Carter had to push the ball into touch behind the dead-ball area.

England opted to kick the resultant penalty to touch, and were rewarded when Danny Grewcock claimed the line-out and the pack drove Corry over for a try that Hodgson converted from wide out.

The home side struck another psychological blow when they forced prop Tony Woodcock to concede a penalty at the first scrum.

But the All Blacks were level by the 16th minute, inspired by the magisterial Carter.

The fly-half accelerated between Corry and Lewis Moody and instinctively found Umaga, albeit with a suspiciously forward pass, who dived under the posts.

Referee Alan Lewis signals Martin Corry's early try for England
Referee Alan Lewis signals Martin Corry's early try for England
Hodgson and Carter then exchanged penalties to maintain parity after a thrilling opening quarter.

But England survived a let-off after 23 minutes when Ben Cohen's superb tackle denied Umaga, whose pop-up pass was fumbled by Chris Masoe over the line under pressure from Dawson.

Carter edged the All Blacks ahead for the first time with another penalty on the half-hour, and England's gritty defence saved further damage after a Carter-inspired counter-attack from his own 22

I've got huge pride in the togetherness of the All Blacks
New Zealand coach Graham Henry

The unrelenting pace continued as impressive flanker Pat Sanderson stepped around Kelleher on a galloping run down the left touchline.

England should have been level at the interval, but Hodgson pulled what should have been a straightforward penalty wide.

Instead they quickly found themselves 10 points adrift on the resumption, with Carter again the architect.

The fly-half had just suffered his first blemish of the afternoon with a missed penalty, but immediately atoned when he exposed England's defensive alignment for a second time.

Finding Corry and Phil Vickery in front of him, the fly-half breezed between them, and when the outstanding Rodney So'oialo was held up short, New Zealand drove hooker Mealamu over.

Carter converted and restored the 10-point margin with another penalty after Hodgson had survived a late hit by Woodcock to land one of his own.

Woodcock's indiscipline saw him become the first player to be yellow-carded after 57 minutes, and Hodgson reduced the deficit to 16-23 with his third penalty after 63 minutes.

Woodcock's temporary replacement, Neemia Tialata, then followed him to the sin-bin for another cynical infringement, allowing Hodgson to reduce the gap to four points.

Masoe, taken off after the second yellow card, came back on only to be instantly sin-binned three minutes from time.

England threw everything at the All Blacks line in a final assault, but the delirious visitors held out.

England: J Lewsey; M Cueto, J Noon, M Tindall, B Cohen; C Hodgson, M Dawson; A Sheridan, S Thompson, P Vickery; S Borthwick, D Grewcock; P Sanderson, L Moody, M Corry.
Replacements: M Stevens (for Sheridan, 73).
Not used: L Mears, L Deacon, C Jones, H Ellis, O Barkley, M Van Gisbergen.

New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, T Umaga (capt), A Mauger, S Sivivatu; D Carter, B Kelleher; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, C Hayman; C Jack, A Williams; J Collins, C Masoe, R So'oialo.
Replacements: N Tialata (for Masoe, 59-77), J Eaton (for Williams 64-67), M Tuialai'i (for So'oialo, 76), P Weepu (for Kelleher, 72), J Rokocoko (for Sivivatu, 73), L MacDonald (for Mauger, 78).
Not used: A Hore.

Sin bin: Woodcock (57), Tialata (67), Masoe (78).

Att: 62,000

Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland).

Interview: England head coach Andy Robinson

Interview: New Zealand coach Graham Henry

Interview: England captain Martin Corry


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