Savea double delights Kiwis

Julian Savea scored a brace as world champions New Zealand won 30-22 against England at Twickenham.

This was a fantastic Test match.

New Zealand were explosive and brilliant in the first quarter to lead 17-3. England responded with a huge next 40 minutes to lead 22-20 with 15 minutes to play.

And then the class of the world champions showed. Richie McCaw’s men, with their reserves providing the necessary impact at the business end of the contest, controlled the final period and played most of it near the England tryline.

Match video highlights

Savea’s second try after Ma’a Nonu’s magical offload restored New Zealand’s lead and replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden kicked a penalty to make it a two score game. England, despite the heroics and commitment of their forwards, did not have the backs nor the replacements to chase a game.

The All Blacks scored three tries to one and have now shown in Johannesburg, Paris and London every quality of a champion team.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s post match interview

Dan Carter celebrated his 100th Test with a win but unfortunately he lasted only 25 minutes before injury ended his afternoon. It was the story of his season, but even in that brief period he showed touches of class. He kicked three from three to make it 13/13 in his last three Tests but his body is in definite need of rest.

Richie McCaw was again colossal as a work horse and Kieran Read provided the early touches of hand speed and attacking genius.

Savea was strong in everything he did.

England’s starting pack, as a unit, were brutal in the collisions and in the set piece and Mike Brown, at fullback, was brave on defence.

But the home backs lacked the class to convert huge periods of forward dominance, field position and territory into a win.

Video of Richie McCaw’s post match interview

The All Blacks next play Ireland in Dublin in their 14th Test of the season. They have lost just one in their last 34 Tests.

England – try: Joe Launchbury. conv: Owen Farrell. pens: Farrell (5)
New Zealand - tries: Julian Savea (2), Kieran Read. convs: Dan Carter (2), Aaron Cruden. pens: Carter, Cruden (2).

England – 15 Mike 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 (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 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.


Live commentary – as it happened

80 ENGLAND 22-30 NEW ZEALAND
80 Penalty to England and Flood to touch. Lineout won and that’s a huge tackle by Kerr-Barlow on Flood. Crowd keep signing as England work their way upfield, but that’s knocked on by Twelvetrees and it’s all over. New Zealand clinical when it mattered and they earn revenge at Twickenham, taking their chances when it mattered and outscoring England three tries to one. England showed character and dug deep, but 2013 will be an unbeaten year for the All Blacks.
77 Savea nearly through again as England tire. Kick through from Dagg is too deep for his runners but pins England deep, good management from the All Blacks.
75 NZ trying to engineer another score outwide, B.Smith working with Dagg but just losing the ball forward. England working the ball wide deep in their half but the ball is lost.
73 Great restart work by Morgan and B.Youngs to keep England in possession. Loose at the breakdown though from Lawes, Savea juggling the ball and losing it forward. Quick lineout taken by Robshaw, England not letting up. High kick from B.Youngs bounces in the end the way of Morgan, but once more it’s a breakdown penalty, this time won by Read.
72 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 22-30: Down the middle from Cruden as New Zealand open up an eight-point lead that should be too much for England now. Eight minutes left.
71 England’s lineout disintegrating as they lose another key ball. Piutau beats Foden under the high ball. Franks carrying up and England pinged at the breakdown, Flood the guilty party. Cruden with a penalty attempt dead straight from 40 metres out.
69 Brown nearly caught by Savea but does enough to get away, B.Youngs clearing. Kick into space as Foden chases, Dagg getting it into touch. Field position for England here.
68 B.Youngs’ box kick is charged down as Flood comes on for Farrell. Super take by Lawes as B.Youngs this time does clear the England lines.
66 England desperate to respond and they get to the 22, but NZ turn the ball over and clear long, very long as Brown goes all the way back. Clever kick from Dagg.
64 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, SAVEA! 22-27: Crucial lineout for T.Youngs after losing his first two and Wood takes it, but NZ recover. Wide to Piutau, huge pressure here from the world champions. Back left, Nonu through a gap, offload to Savea… powerful finish just blasting Brown out the way! Nonu creates a key try and NZ are back in front. Cruden converts.
62 Positive position here for NZ but Cruden’s kick is easily marked by Foden, big hit on the NZ 10 from Farrell. Foden’s kick isn’t great and the All Blacks can counter. Lineout won by NZ but then Morgan is there to recover possession. Twelvetrees nearly charged down but England survive.
60 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 22-20: England in the lead for the first time through Farrell’s boot as we enter the final quarter.
58 Vunipola off for England, replaced by Morgan. Lineout stolen by Retallick at the front, A.Smith kicking high. Taken by Robshaw, impact from Morgan. Ashton and Twelvetrees involved, Crockett though gets to Dickson but England hold on to the ball. McCaw penalised at the breakdown as Farrell kicks for the lead…
56 Good lineout taken by Whitelock, ball squirts out but contained by A.Smith. Nonu everywhere currently but retaining the ball, inside break from Savea. Penalty at the breakdown though for England, NZ pinged for holding on and the hosts can clear to halfway.
54 England press forward again, sucking up space as New Zealand tire. Farrell and Twelvetrees orchestrating as Wood carries up. Turned over though, Piutau contained by Lawes but NZ win the penalty as England go off their feet. It’s a scrap.
53 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 19-20: Gap down to a single point. England’s battling spirit pegging the All Blacks down here.
50 Hartley off for England, as is Launchbury, replaced by Parling and T.Youngs. Twelvetrees with time and kicks long down the middle. Savea with the dummy and fends Foden, but his pass is caught by Ashton. The Saracen kicks ahead but he’s blocked and England have a penalty, Read the guilty man. Farrell going for goal.
48 Penalty from Cruden clatters back off the post as Twelvetrees comes away with the ball. Tomkins with another carry and Farrell kicks but straight to Dagg. Farrell then finds touch on half-way.
45 Kick out on the full from A.Smith – promising position for the hosts. Lineout falters though and A.Smith can clear this time. High catch from Dagg in the air, Nonu’s kick charged down but NZ recover, McCaw cutting in on the angle. Piutau chips and has space but Brown gets across bravely and then England clear through Farrell, just. Hartley groggy as NZ have a penalty.
43 Responsive drive from NZ as Vunipola picks up. Tomkins over the gain line up the middle, Twelvetrees doing the same. Step inside from Twelvetrees again as the crowd bubbles, Ashton up to the 22 as England reach double-figure phases. Bit hit from Read on Hartley, chip from Ashton doesn’t find touch and NZ will drop out.
42 Another strong scrum from England but NZ cling on and clear. Read back on the field, knocked on by Ashton so NZ have a scrum on the left touchline. Free kick to England, NZ too quick. Hosts winning that battle currently, electing for another scrum.
40 Second half begins, England in possession as NZ remain down to 14. Vunipola knocks on, so an NZ scrum. Woodcock replaced by Crockett.
40 ENGLAND 16-20 NEW ZEALAND
40 High kick across field is well taken by Farrell, offloading to Ashton. Through the hands from Vunipola to Launchbury, England’s tails up. Tomkins cutting back and isolated so the play slows down, England still in possession. Off their feet though at the breakdown, NZ with a chance to clear and that’s the break. Lightning start from NZ but penalties have undone their good work in the final ten minutes. Game on.
38 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 16-20: Farrell nails his fourth strike of the afternoon to close the gap on the scoreboard to four. NZ conceding far too many penalties in the last few minutes.
37 Monster scrum from England who win another penalty, Farrell lining up the posts. Not out of this yet.
35 Piutau tries to take a quick lineout but it backfires, England getting the throw. NZ defence is rock solid and after several phases they force a knock-on. Scrum inside their own half.
34 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 13-20: Farrell converts the resulting penalty to bring England back within seven and against 14 men.
33 YELLOW CARD, NEW ZEALAND, READ! Brown splitting the NZ defence with a kick return, England on the attack just outside the 22. NZ in the ruck at the side, Read the guilty party and he’s sent to the bin!
32 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 10-20: Curled in past the right post from Cruden, the All Blacks opening up a ten-point lead.
30 Secure scrum from NZ and Dagg clears long into touch. England lineout gathered at the tail by Lawes, high kick from Farrell gather by Savea whose pass isn’t ideal but Dagg collects it and passes to Piutau who skips a tackle. Twelvetrees offside in front of the kicker so back we come, NZ penalty in range for Cruden.
28 Lineout won by Launchbury. Vunipola thrashing around, followed up by Lawes. Lost forward in the tackle by Tomkins, scrum to NZ.
26 Kicking game between the two sides ends with Piutau finding touch inside England’s half. Carter forced to go off due to injury, replaced by Cruden. England secure the lineout, back to Farrell who kicks to Savea. Great take by Brown, Farrell chips and England win a penalty. Lineout in the NZ 22.
24 TRY, ENGLAND, LAUNCHBURY! 10-17: The TMO isn’t done yet. A messy scrum is kicked forward by Dickson back into the scrum, the ball pinballs around various feet before Launchbury flops over the line. It’s not pretty, but England will take it. Back within seven.
23 Taken high by Lawes, maul rumbling forward. England think they’re over, but time is stopped. Upstairs to the TMO. Momentum looks to have driven England over the line… evidence ruled as inconclusive, England with another five-metre scrum.
22 Strong scrum from England and NZ are penalised. Advantage played as Vunipola carries. Wide pass from Robshaw to Farrell who knocks on in the tackle, so back we come for another penalty. England again go for the lineout.
21 Second maul crashes to the floor two metres out. Ball not coming back, but England going forward so they will have a scrum five metres from the try line.
19 England win a penalty for obstruction and Farrell kicks deep to five metres out. Maul set up, told to use it but now England have a penalty. Into the corner it goes again.
17 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, READ! 3-17: England go early at the scrum, free kick to NZ. Franks right through the middle, space on the right for Read and over he goes! Yet another try for the excellent Read as New Zealand open up a considerable gap. All Blacks playing at such a high pace and England cannot keep up. Carter converts.
15 Excellent chip from Carter for B.Smith has the Highlanders flying away. England scrambling back as NZ attack left but Launchbury puts in a key tackle to win England a scrum.
14 Quick restart from England is loose but eventually taken by NZ. High clearance taken by Twelvetrees, Marler and Launchbury carrying before England come left to Tomkins who breaks the 22 – but it’s another penalty at the breakdown for holding on. A.Smith clears.
12 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 3-10: Simple enough for the all-time leading Test points scorer. All Blacks up by 7.
11 First scrum – big wheel and Dickson flops on the ball to secure it. Turned over by NZ who now attack, advantage being played as a loose pass is intercepted by Foden who goes all the way under the posts only to realise that the play has been brought back. Carter going for goal.
10 Maul from NZ, Carter kicking across field to Piutau who collects. Offload to Dagg down the right touchline, NZ now passing left and using the full width to create one-on-ones. Fast pace as Carter gets over the 22, held up though by England who win the scrum on their 22-metre line to cheers from the crowd.
8 Vunipola takes the restart and takes three All Blacks with him. Pass back to Farrell who kicks but out on the full. NZ lineout outside the England 22 – big tackle by Wood on Read, Nonu with another kick but gathered by Launchbury and Dickson clears.
7 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 3-7: England on the board as Farrell converts a long penalty from about 35 metres out.
5 Lineout to NZ on half-way. Box kick from A.Smith, out on the full after pressure from Dickson. England lineout taken by Wood, slow ball at the ruck and they win a penalty. Carter penalised, Farrell to go for goal.
4 Restart taken by Foden as England attack. Launchbury into the 22. Poor control from Dickson at the ruck, NZ turning the ball over and then winning the penalty.
2 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, SAVEA! 0-7: Lawes disrupts but NZ retain the ball. Pass from McCaw is poor but it bounces into Read’s hands, with the number eight brilliant offloading inside to Savea who scores his 17th try in 19 Tests. Perfect start for the All Blacks. Carter converts.
1 Kick-off taken by Vunipola, Dickson clears long. Taken by Dagg onto Read who crashes up. Wide across the line to Nonu who kicks ahead, forcing Brown to run the ball out into touch five metres out from his line. Danger for England.
0 New Zealand perform the Haka lead by Liam Messam as a deafening rendition of Swing Low Sweet Chariot rings out from the Twickenham crowd. Atmosphere aplenty. Carter to get us underway!
0 A word as well for Dan Carter, who wins his 100th cap today for New Zealand. One of the best ever, Carter has a record of scoring 171 points against England in ten matches at an average of 17 per game.
0 A sunny day in the outskirts of London as both teams conclude their warm-ups. This is a huge step up for England from their matches against Australia and Argentina – can they come through again and achieve a special result?
0 Of those starting players involved in last year’s shock 38-21 win for England, only seven remain for the hosts. New Zealand have 12 survivors.
0 All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter will make it 100 appearances for his country after being named in the XV to face England. The starting line-up for the second Test of their European Tour features just one change from the team that played France last weekend, with wing Julian Savea coming back into the side after his illness, replacing Cory Jane who is not in the 23.
0 England have made one alteration to their starting line-up that will face New Zealand, with prop Dan Cole returning to the side in place of David Wilson. There are two other changes to the matchday 23 as Matt Mullan comes on to the replacements’ bench in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, while Ben Youngs returns ahead of Danny Care. Meanwhile, hooker Dylan Hartley will win his 50th England cap.
0 Hello and welcome to Twickenham for today’s November International between England and New Zealand.