Spring Tour: All Blacks Lay Down World Cup Marker As England Fade

  by Paul Cook - New Zealand have outgunned England yet again to run out 24-21 winners at a rain soaked Twickenham last night. Very much a game of two halves, England had their chances in the opening stanza to build a healthy lead but paid for their inaccuracy as the All Blacks dominated the second forty, pinning their hosts inside their own half to cross twice for a 10pt lead before England rallied with a late score that, in truth, flattered them. Billed by some pundits as a potential rehearsal for next year’s World Cup Final at the same venue, the match illustrated just how much farther England still need to travel in the next 10 months if they are to pose a serious threat to New Zealand’s chances of retaining their crown. Having failed to capitalise on a blistering start, they fell prey to some previous demons
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