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Should be Freddie Burns be dropped after a stellar performance for Owen Farrell? (©GettyImages)
Should be Freddie Burns be dropped after a stellar performance for Owen Farrell? (©GettyImages).

England show plenty of courage in New Zealand defeat

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England gave a very courageous performance against the best team in the world, coming up just short in a  20-15 defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. 

People must remember however that England were missing all their players from Northampton and Saracens due to the Aviva Premiership final. Even with key players like Luther Burrell and Owen Farrell missing, England really made a contest out of it against what has to be said, a very sloppy New Zealand outfit. But nothing can be taken away from this weak England team's spirit and perseverance who gave it their all for the full 80 minutes.

New Zealand made the viewers remember why they are in fact, the best team in the world, scoring in dramatic circumstances with just two minutes left on the clock. The try was scored in the right hand corner by veteran outside centre Conrad Smith.

The try originated from a 75th minute penalty the All Blacks had 40 metres out from England's posts. Instead of taking the sane option of going for goal with prolific goal kicker, Aaron Cruden. The fly-half took off down the right-hand side with a couple other team-mates to set-up a try-scoring opportunity which was eventually finished off by Conrad Smith.

England were shattered by this point. They couldn't believe they had lost it after managing to put New Zealand under pressure all game. 

No-one expected this, it was predicted to be a comfortable win for the All Blacks given they were only missing Daniel Carter and Kieran Read.

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