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England 21-24 New Zealand: Live from Twickenham

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England 21-24 New Zealand

Mark Bollons reports live from Twickenham

England fell just short against New Zealand once again, as man-of-the-match Richie McCaw led his side to a second consecutive victory at Twickenham.

The All Blacks skipper scored a crucial try at the start of the second period, and Stuart Lancaster's side couldn't recover despite a late penalty try which moved them within three points of the world champions.

It's a disappointing defeat for Chris Robshaw and his men, just 12 months before the home World Cup. However, improvements will be looked for and expected in the upcoming matches against Australia, Samoa and South Africa.

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England had made the brighter start to proceedings, with Jonny May going over in the corner after just three minutes to put the hosts in-front.

Aaron Cruden pulled the All Blacks level when he went over, before he and Owen Farrell traded two penalties to leave the scores level at 11-11. Farrell then snuck one through the posts on the stroke of half-time to give England a lead.

However, it wasn't to last as, after missing a penalty early in the second-half, Richie McCaw went over to put New Zealand into a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Turning the screw

Despite losing Dane Coles to the sin-bin for a kick-out, it was New Zealand who looked more likely to strike again. They did, first with a Beauden Barrett penalty before Faumina went over from close range to affectively end the contest.

England did show a late response, and forced a penalty try with a driving scrum from close range inside the final minute. George Ford kicked the drop goal, but a Robshaw knock-on after the restart meant it was game over.

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