9 Jun 2014

All Blacks survive tough England test

11:54 am on 9 June 2014

The All Blacks have survived a tough Test at Eden Park, with a last-gasp try securing a 20-15 win over England.

It was a disjointed performance from the world champions in their first outing of the year as they failed to string together enough sustained attack to put pressure on the unheralded English line-up.

Three penalties a piece to Aaron Cruden and England's Freddie Burns were the only points scored in the first half.

While the All Blacks dominated territory in the second half, they were unable to convert it into dominance on the scoreboard and the score remained locked at 15-15 late in the game, with the All Blacks' 20-year winning run at Eden Park in jeopardy.

However the sin-binning of England wing Marland Yarde for a professional foul gave the All Blacks a man advantage for the final 10 minutes.

The game was finally sealed when Cruden turned down a straight forward shot at goal, catching England off-guard with a quick tap.

The decision paid off as Conrad Smith exploited the All Blacks' numbers to score the game's only try in the corner with four minutes to play.

The second Test is in Dunedin next Saturday.