New Zealand All Blacks Edge England

The second Test between New Zealand and England ended in a narrow 28-27 win for the All Blacks in Dunedin.  The New Zealanders were behind after an early penalty for England saw Owen Farrell put his team ahead 3-0.  A try from Marland Yarde saw them extend the lead followed by a conversion.  The Kiwis did not want to let the English get a lengthy lead as Aaron Cruden took a penalty for his team making it 10-3.  The first half ended with a 10-6 score as Cruden slotted another penalty to narrow the scoreline difference before the first half whistle sounded.

The second half started with the All Blacks taking charge of the game.  An early try by Ben Smith helped New Zealand find their rhythm and a conversion made the score 13-10 and they were in front for the first time.  The English won a penalty from a scrum and Farrell capitalised and evened the score at 13-13.

The Kiwis then went over the line again courtesy of Julian Savea.  Cruden however took a bad conversion attempt.  A yellow card was given to Farrell after he prevented the New Zealanders from getting quick ball close to the line.  This would prove to make a huge difference.

A penalty saw Beauden Barrett slot an easy three points for his team to extend the advantage to 21-13.  Ma’a Nonu managed to wiggle through the England defence and scored a try in the corner for New Zealand to put the hosts out of sight at 26-13 before Barrett took the conversion to make it 28-13.

Mike Brown tried to pull his team back into the game when he scored a try followed by a conversion which closed New Zealand’s lead slightly to 28-20.  The tourists failed to make use of the penalty opportunity that they may well rue now..  Especially as Chris Ashton managed to finish the match off with a try and a conversion  to end the game 28-27 in favour of the home team.