London - New Zealand survived an England fightback to make it 13 wins out of 13 this year with a 30-22 victory at Twickenham on Saturday.
world champions, for whom this win atoned for their shock 38-21 loss at
Twickenham nearly a year ago, led by 14 points as early as the 17th
But England recovered to lead 22-20 heading into the final quarter.
Julian Savea then scored his second try of the match -- the wing's 18th
in 19th Tests -- and the All Blacks saw the game out to keep alive
their hopes of a perfect calendar year heading into their final match of
2013 against Ireland in Dublin next weekend.
For 2015 World Cup
hosts England, defeat meant they ended their November campaign on a
losing note after wins over Australia and Argentina but there was plenty
of encouragement for coach Stuart Lancaster in his side's performance
against the self-styled "most dominant team in the history of the
An enthralling first half saw New Zealand race into a 17-3 lead but the All Blacks were just 20-16 ahead come half-time.
By then New Zealand star fly-half Dan Carter had gone off injured in his 100th Test.
It took New Zealand fewer than two minutes to score the first try of the match through Savea.
Ma'a Nonu's well-judged chip ahead set up a New Zealand line-out five metres from England's line.
Blacks No.8 Kieran Read then twice did brilliantly to set up Savea's
score. First he took a poor pass from McCaw that bounced in front of him
and then delivered a superb inside ball to Savea that took out three
covering England defenders.
Savea strolled over and, with international record points-scorer Carter kicking the conversion, New Zealand were 7-0 up.
Minutes later England were on the scoreboard when fly-half Owen Farrell kicked a 45-metre penalty.
the 11th minute, England wing Ben Foden thought he'd scored a
length-of-the-field intercept try but South African referee Craig
Joubert brought play back for a penalty for offside by England captain
Chris Robshaw and Carter made it 10-3 to New Zealand.
struggling to get their hands on the ball and the All Blacks' pressure
produced a second try, this time for Read, in the 16th minute.
Lock Brodie Retallick's pass set prop Owen Franks off on a charging run.
the ruck, scrum-half Aaron Smith released full-back Israel Dagg and his
pass sent in Read. Carter converted and New Zealand led 17-3.
did manage to establish some territorial control from the re-start
through several close-range scrums before opting for a five-metre
line-out after an All Blacks infringement.
After replays were
inconclusive as to whether No 8 Billy Vunipola had got the ball down for
a try, England struck from a five-metre scrum when lock Joe Launchbury
crossed after Read's knock-on.
Farrell kicked the conversion and
England were back in the match at 10-17 down. New Zealand then suffered a
further setback when Carter limped off just 26 minutes into his
landmark appearance .
Soon afterwards his replacement, Aaron
Cruden, kicked a 40-metre penalty, awarded for offside, to extend New
Zealand's lead to 20-10.
But New Zealand found themselves a man down when Read was sin-binned in the 33rd minute.
kicked the ensuing penalty and made it four kicks from four before the
break after good work by the England pack at the scrum.
moved to within a point, at 19-20, when, after replacement Wyatt
Crockett's cynical block on wing Chris Ashton, Farrell kicked his fourth
penalty in the 53rd minute.
And when McCaw infringed at a ruck, Farrell kicked England into a two-point lead.
But New Zealand hit back in the 64th minute after nicking possession at an England line-out.
Piutau went close before being denied by full-back Mike Brown's
last-ditch tackle but New Zealand, switching play, then saw Nonu's pass
out of the tackle release man-of-the-match Savea for a well-taken try.
converted and then added a penalty to leave New Zealand two scores in
front at 30-22 and there was no way back for England.
Brown, 14-Chris Ashton, 13-Joel Tomkins, 12-Billy Twelvetrees, 11-Ben
Foden, 10-Owen Farrell, 9-Lee Dickson, 8-Billy Vunipola, 7-Chris Robshaw
(captain), 6-Tom Wood, 5-Courtney Lawes, 4-Joe Launchbury, 3-Dan Cole,
2-Dylan Hartley, 1-Joe Marler.
Substitutes: 16-Tom Youngs,
17-Matt Mullan, 18-David Wilson, 19-Geoff Parling, 20-Ben Morgan, 21-Ben
Youngs, 22-Toby Flood, 23-Alex Goode
Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian
Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw
(captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen
Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Dane
Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Steven
Luatua, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ryan Crotty