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Barritt shines in great English win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 3 Dec 2012 at 10:11
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England stunned the rugby world in Saturday in surging to a record win over the All Blacks at Twickenham. It was the English midfield, superbly marshalled by Sharks old boy Bradley Barritt, that did most of the damage, carving open the Kiwi defence three times in the second half to put the result beyond doubt.

Going into the game, the English had only ever beaten New Zealand on six previous occasions, with a 13-point win back in the 1930′s their biggest in history. Saturday’s 38-21 triumph was thus a special moment indeed for Chris Robshaw and his team, who were under pressure (along with their coaches) after two home losses to Australia and South Africa. This notwithstanding All Black complaints about tummy bugs and the like – funny how they often like to blame their losses on digestive difficulties…

Under-fire pivot Owen Farrell, whose inclusion on the IRB Player of the Year shortlist during the week made him the subject of ridicule, rose to the occasion splendidly in his first start of the Autumn campaign and was the architect of a 12-0 half-time lead, which was stretched to 15-0 shortly after the break. The All Black, true to form, looked like overturning that, via a spate of brilliance that saw first winger Julian Savea and then number 8 Kieran Reid score tries within five minutes of each other, to reduce the deficit to just a single point.

It was Barritt and fellow centre Manu Tuilagi, though, who then stepped in to seal the result for England. Scoring a try apiece to sandwich a great effort from winger Chris Ashton, (also set up by Tuilagi), before you knew it, England’s midfield had humbled their far-more-illustrious foes in black and had brought their side out to an unassailable-seeming, 32-14 lead. Two penalties from the boot of replacement pivot Freddie Burns , on test debut, saw the All Blacks staring down the barrel of a record hiding, before a late rally led to the consolation of Savea’s second try.

England (38):
Tries: Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Manu Tualagi.
Conversion: Owen Farrell.
Penalties: Farrell (4), Freddie Burns (2).
Drop goal: Farrell.

New Zealand (21):
Tries: Julian Savea (2), Keiran Read.
Conversions: Dan Carter (2), Aaron Cruden.


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