England 15 - 16 New Zealand: England denied by controversial call

England 15 - 16 New Zealand: England denied by controversial call

But England coach Eddie Jones insisted this week it was his playmaker who was in need of greater protection, not punishment, from match officials.

England swept into a shock 15-0 lead on the back of tries by Chris Ashton and co-captain Dylan Hartley.

The All Blacks had earlier recovered from the shock of England's impressive start to be just five points down at halftime thanks to fullback Damian McKenzie's converted try and a Barrett penalty. That's enormously important, ' Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

Former England scrum half Lee Dickson analyses Saturday's loss to New Zealand and picks out his standout England play.

England thought they had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat five minutes from full-time, when Sam Underhill ran in a try to give the hosts a one point lead.

Hansen said: "He's doing a good job here for England".

When Kyle Sinckler knocked on from the kind of driving maul that led to Hartley's try, England's chance to extend their 15-13 lead had gone.

In the opinion of many observers, the England flyhalf hit the Springbok replacement with an illegal "no arms" tackle deserving of a penalty at the very least - a decision that would have given South Africa a kick at goal to win the match. There's already pressure on us, the one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you're under pressure because you're expected to win every Test match you play and not only win it, win it really, really well.

In truth, England did not deserve to win the game.

The All Blacks won the World Cup on their most recent visit to Twickenham, in October 2015, when England became the first hosts to exit at the pool stage.

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"Players do have to take the decisions on the pitch, but you can also do a lot of preparation off the pitch", he said.

"The conditions were bad".

"The other 67 percent want to beat them, so we're happy to go out there and get stuck in". That was a big mistake.

"Everyone is harping on about the try or no try by Sam Underhill, but for me not to take those points was a big error".

In the pouring rain, England produced an excellent performance to put the back-to-back world champions under enormous pressure, but ultimately fell short.

A shaky lineout from the visitors saw England straight back on the attack and some strong carries from the forwards allowed Farrell to drop back into the pocket to slot a drop-goal to make it 8-0 after 10 minutes.

"John has been away from New Zealand for a long time, so I don't know if he still harbours those emotions".

"If you look at occasions where teams have beaten the All Blacks, it's occasions where teams have taken the game to them".

Their all black jerseys are recognizable the world over, but playing with a red poppy on the sleeve to honor those killed in war will be "a special occasion", according to New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen.

"You are not going to be able to control all the moments in the game and to have momentum all the time", he said.