11 Nov 2014

ABs grind out Twickenham win

11:21 am on 11 November 2014

The All Blacks have survived a scratchy performance to earn a 24-21 win over England at Twickenham, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half.

Aaron Cruden goes over for a try against England.

Aaron Cruden goes over for a try against England. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

England flew out of the blocks when winger Jonny May showed fantastic pace to score after four minutes but the World Cup holders hit back with an Aaron Cruden try in their first attack after 14.

Three Owen Farrell penalties to two from Cruden gave England a 14-11 lead at the break but New Zealand cut through for Richie McCaw to score early in the second half to make it 16-14 in their favour.

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles was sin-binned for kicking but England could not capitalise as New Zealand took a stranglehold and made their decisive move when Charlie Faumuina scored after a sustained 22-phase forward attack.

England were awarded a controversial penalty try by the referee Nigel Owens at the death but it came too late as the All Blacks held on for their fifth straight win over the English.

After the match, the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioned the influence that television producers are having on the game.

His outburst followed Owen's review of his own decision to award Faumuina's try only after footage on the stadium's big screen prompted boos from the English crowd.

Hansen says coaches and captain's should be allowed to challenge referee decisions and television producers shouldn't be allowed to replay action "a hundred times" that they find questionable.

He says the All Blacks will be without lock Brodie Retallick for next week's game against Scotland, after he suffered a shoulder injury.