Hamilton - The All Blacks crushed England 36-13 at Waikato Stadium on Saturday
to sweep their three-Test series and equal the world record of 17
consecutive Test wins.
New Zealand scored five tries, three by
blockbusting wing Julian Savea, as they significantly stepped up the
intensity and accuracy from their 20-15 and 28-27 victories in the first
They raced to a 29-6 at half-time in a very lop-sided
40 minutes, and although England attacked more effectively with their
big centres in the second half, they were restricted to only one try.
was the control the All Blacks had that when the final hooter went with
them in possession, they kept the game going for another two minutes
until Savea scored his final try.
New Zealand now head into the
Rugby Championship with 17 consecutive wins, matching the record of the
1965-69 All Blacks and the 1997-98 Springboks.
It was the All
Blacks decision to resist testing too many new combinations in the
Hamilton dead rubber that paid dividends as they put together their most
fluid performance of the series.
Twelve of the starting 15
played every match, while England changed five for the second Test and
seven for the third. The unfamiliarity of combinations showed.
made a poor start when a Freddie Burns kick-off did not go 10 metres,
and little improved from there as they suffered their worst defeat on
the tour, which they had undertaken with a squad of 46 and hopes of at
least one Test victory.
Instead, they leave winless, yielding first-half leads in the first two Tests and never getting near the front in the third. The
All Blacks put a string of poor starts behind them as they stretched
England across the park in the third Test Saturday, with Savea scoring
twice in the first eight minutes.
Aaron Smith added two more tries and Aaron Cruden three conversions to have New Zealand up 29-6 at half-time.
All Blacks were keen to attack down the left flank in the opening
quarter, where Savea scored both his tries as England wing Chris Ashton
kept drifting infield.
Smith's tries were from handy support play,
first receiving off Cory Jane who had glided past Marlon Yarde, and
then from Ben Smith.
England rallied immediately after half-time,
when the blockbusting pair of Manu Tuilagi and Yarde stormed up to the
line with All Blacks defenders hanging helplessly off them. Left wing
Yarde was credited with the try.
Yarde went close again as
England maintained pressure on the All Blacks line, but the revival
burnt out after 10 minutes allowing New Zealand to head back to more
familiar territory at the England end.
With their confidence up,
and holding a 29-13 lead, the All Blacks traded a kickable penalty for a
line-out - but their attempt to drive over the line was snuffed out,
and they were not to score again until Savea touched down in injury
The All Blacks' chance to take the record consecutive wins
outright comes in their next Test against Australia in Sydney on August