Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

England claim memorable win

Chris Ashton scored one of England's three tries in their win over New Zealand

England's young men came of age at Twickenham with a sensational record-breaking 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand.

Owen Farrell kicked England into a 15-0 lead before the All Blacks hit back with two tries in three second-half minutes from Julian Savea and Kieran Read.

But England responded with a stunning three-try blitz from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi before Freddie Burns came off the bench to land two penalties.

Savea scored a second but it was a late consolation as nothing could deny England their first win against New Zealand in nine years.

The absence of Toby Flood through injury left England without a single 50-cap player. They had fewer caps in their entire starting line-up than New Zealand had in their front row.

The team's character had never been denied but their maturity and ability to turn positive performances into results had been questioned after narrow defeats to Australia and South Africa.

No longer. England rocked the All Blacks. The visitors were hit by a vomiting bug in the week - but not as hard as they were hit by England.

Home captain Chris Robshaw told Sky Sports 1 afterwards: "People had written us off. That fuelled the fire. Everyone ran out there and believed we could do it."

He added: "We had a bit of luck, we had the bounce of the ball, but to beat the world champions you need a bit of that."

England coach Stuart Lancaster was delighted with the "balance and intensity" of the team. When asked what had pleased him, he said: "The way we mixed up our game. The scrum was good. The defence was outstanding."