By Mitch Phillips and Ed Osmand
NEW Zealand showed all their class and experience to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham yesterday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas.
England flew out of the blocks when winger Jonny May showed fantastic pace to score after four minutes but the world champions 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.
The All Blacks took a stranglehold from then and made their decisive move when Charlie Faumuina scored after a sustained 22-phase forward attack. England were awarded a penalty try at the death but it came too late.
In Cardiff meanwhile, Bernard Foley’s late drop goal and penalty gave Australia a dramatic 33-28 victory over Wales in a pulsating Test mach.
Wales moved 28-27 ahead with a penalty try 15 minutes from the end and looked on course for their first win over the Wallabies in ten matches.
Both sides scored three tries in a fluctuating and expansive first half to leave the scores level at 21-21 at the interval.
Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb scampered over an early lead but the Wallabies hit back through Israel Folau.
The full-back scored again to put the touring side ahead before George North bust clear for Wales and sent winger Alex Cuthbert over.
Centre Tevita Kuridrani cut through the Welsh defence to restore Australia’s lead but Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones crashed over to complete a frenetic half.
Foley kicked two penalties early in the second half before the Welsh pack earned a penalty try for the hosts.