New Zealand v England First Test - Live coverage - The Independent

New Zealand v England First Test


Who will be the victorious captain in the battle between Richie McCaw and Chris Robshaw? 
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and England at Eden Park. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be keeping you updated with the latest as England go in search of their first win over the Kiwis since their 16-15 victory in Auckland in 2003. Follow all the latest as the match unfolds below...


  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and England, live from Eden Park.
    6/7/2014 6:35:22 AM
  • Good morning, and thanks for getting up on the damp Saturday morning to join me for the First Test between New Zealand and England at Eden Park. England have not beaten New Zealand in their backyard since their 16-15 triumph in 2003, and the All Blacks have not lost at Eden Park in 20 years. They are also undefeated since November 2012, when they lost at Twickenham in that record-victory for the English.
    6/7/2014 7:02:01 AM
  • We want to hear from you. You can contribute with your thoughts by clicking the 'Make a Comment' button below and we'll re-post the best ones. You can also vote in our poll until kick-off on who will win the match.
    6/7/2014 7:03:27 AM
  • The build-up to the match has been dominated by the All Blacks' perceived disrespect of the England side after Brodie Retallick failed to name a single player on the opposition's side, citing 'Michael Lawes' as one of the second row's. James Haskell though says England have noting but respect for the Kiwis:
    "You have to respect the All Blacks but you can't be beaten before you get on the field," said the Wasps forward, who produced some of his most resourceful Test performances in this country during the scandal-blighted 2008 tour and again during the even more embarrassing World Cup campaign three years later. "Eden Park? It has a heritage, for sure, but that's something other people put on you. As far as I'm concerned, we could play them in a car park and it would be the same. You simply know you have to be at your best to win."
    Read more of what James Haskell had to say to Chris Hewett here.
    6/7/2014 7:10:49 AM
  • Early predictions:

    6/7/2014 7:12:52 AM
  • Here's the teams:

    New Zealand: I Dagg; B Smith, C Smith, M Nonu, C Jane; A Cruden, A Smith; T Woodcock, D Coles, O Franks; B Retallick, S Whitelock; L Messam, R McCaw (capt); J Kaino

    Replacements: K Mealamu, W Crockett, C Faumuina, P Tuipulotu, V Vito, TJ Perenara, B Barrett, M Fekitoa

    England: M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), M Tuilagi, (Leicester), K Eastmond (Bath), J May (Gloucester); F Burns (Leicester), B Youngs (Leictest); J Marler (Harlequins), R Webber (Bath), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), G Parling (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), B Morgan (Gloucester).

    Replacements: J Gray (Harlequins), M Mullan (Wasps), H Thomas (Sale), D Attwood (Bath), T Johnson (Exeter), L Dickson (Northampton), D Cipriani (Sale), C Pennell (Worcester).

    6/7/2014 7:21:09 AM
  • Just under 15 minutes until kick-off, but we'll be treated to the spine-tingler that is the Haka before hand. How should England confront it? Here's how Wales tried to stare down the All Blacks in 2008:

    6/7/2014 7:24:47 AM
  • England lost Danny Care on the eve of the match, with Ben Youngs replacing him and Lee Dickson coming on to the bench. Here's why:

    "It was Danny's own fault actually. It was a rubbish kick," England assistant coach Andy Farrell said. "He stubbed his foot on the floor and missed the ball completely. He fell over and hurt his shoulder.
    Read more on England's injury news here.

    6/7/2014 7:26:55 AM
  • Right, that's all the build-up out the way. It's time to get things going. The teams are ready and England run out onto the Eden Park pitch first, led by captain Chris Robshaw.
    6/7/2014 7:27:52 AM
  • And here come the All Blacks to a mighty roar from the crowd.. Led by Richie McCaw, can they continue their incredible unbeaten run that stretches back to that 2012 defeat to England with another win tonight?
    6/7/2014 7:30:20 AM
  • Time for the national anthems.
    6/7/2014 7:30:50 AM
  • Rousing renditions of God Save The Queen and God Defend New Zealand. We're nearly ready to go, but it's Haka time! How will England respond to the All Blacks' challenge?
    6/7/2014 7:34:12 AM
  • Everyone loves the Haka...

    6/7/2014 7:34:56 AM
  • A massive burst of flames as the Haka comes to and end. England stare down the All Blacks largely unimpressed, but focus on their own game as they don't respond. Nigel Owens is the man in the middle today, and he's about to get things underway...
    6/7/2014 7:36:04 AM
  • 6/7/2014 7:36:08 AM
  • 1 mins: Burns gets the game underway!
    6/7/2014 7:36:41 AM
  • 1 mins: Kaino takes the first catch of the game and Cruden kicks away, failing to find touch. England's first phase with the ball sees Wilson drop the ball, but it goes backwards. Robshaw's through! He gallops into the 22m and tries to round Dagg. England have the advantage...
    6/7/2014 7:37:59 AM
  • 2 mins: Robshaw looks to offload to Haskell only to see Nonu pull the flanker back off the ball, and when Tuilagi is pushed in to touch England are awarded a penalty. Burns will go for goal from about 30m in front of the posts.
    6/7/2014 7:39:06 AM
  • 3 mins: Burns converts it and England lead! 0-3
    6/7/2014 7:39:55 AM
  • 4 mins: New Zealand win the ball back from the restart but a chip over is swept up by Yarde, and England eventually clear their lines. Nonu attempts to put in another kick towards the corner, but he boots it miles into touch on the full and England will have the territory. Nonu is lucky to be on the pitch by the way, as he should have been yellow carded for that cynical pull back.
    6/7/2014 7:41:34 AM
  • 5 mins: Now it's Burns' turn to kick the ball out on the full as he looks for the corner. New Zealand have the line-out on halfway.
    6/7/2014 7:42:13 AM
  • 6 mins: England win the turnover and look to spread wide. Robshaw receives the ball and does brilliantly to get the ball away just before he gets smashed by Messam, but the ball to Yarde is sloppy and goes into touch.
    6/7/2014 7:43:23 AM
  • 7 mins: Cruden kicks towards May and the wing is adjudged to knock-on on his own 22m, handing the All Blacks a big opportunity to get their first points of the match.
    6/7/2014 7:44:35 AM
  • 9 mins: New Zealand go left and try to score through Jane, only to see good defence halt the wing. They come back through the middle, but Whitelock knocks on. They have the penalty though as Youngs is caught offside and Cruden will attempt to level things up.
    6/7/2014 7:46:06 AM
  • 9 mins: Cruden converts from in front of the posts and it's all square. 3-3.
    6/7/2014 7:46:33 AM
  • 10 mins: England have some good territory as they surge into the opposite half through May. Robshaw breaks on the left again and offloads to Eastmond, who is hauled down 5m short. They come left but Brown knocks the ball on, and despite Burns going over it's given as a knock-on. Promising stuff from England.
    6/7/2014 7:48:34 AM
  • 13 mins: Cruden clears but fails to find touch. However, May and Brown get mixed up on the touchline and Brown drops it across the line. It went forward, so New Zealand will have the scrum.
    6/7/2014 7:49:32 AM
  • 14 mins: New Zealand go wide immediately and Jane kicks forward into the try zone. Tuilagi just beats Dagg to the ball to touch it down, and England go long from the 22m restart.
    6/7/2014 7:50:54 AM



  • 6/7/2014 7:52:28 AM
  • 16 mins: England win a bit of aerial ping-pong as Burns finds touch in the New Zealand 22m, but they concede a free-kick after closing the gap before the ball is thrown in. Cruden elects for distance and finds touch, so England have another line-out in their own half.
    6/7/2014 7:53:38 AM
  • 18 mins: Burns puts up a high bomb, and Dagg takes it only to get hit by Haskell who's had an excellent start. Dagg knocks on and England have another penalty on the 22m out on the left. 
    6/7/2014 7:54:46 AM
  • 19 mins: Burns to go for goal... and from the replay it looks as though Haskell did take Dagg in the air.
    6/7/2014 7:55:35 AM
  • 19 mins: It's good! England retake the lead. 3-6
    6/7/2014 7:56:06 AM
  • Haskell getting early praise...

    6/7/2014 7:56:30 AM
  • 20 mins: Ben Smith jumps to claim a Youngs box-kick but Haskell pressures the wing and he drops the catch, giving England another scrum inside the New Zealand half. We also see a very strange sign in the crowd that reads "Danny Cipriani listens to Nickleback". The guy's not even on the picth yet.
    6/7/2014 7:57:58 AM
  • 21 mins: England win the penalty immediately as the Kiwis wheel the scrum. Burns to go for goal once more.
    6/7/2014 7:58:35 AM
  • 22 mins: What a kick! Burns converts from all of 45m out on the left, and the fly-half has settled very well. 3-9.
    6/7/2014 7:59:46 AM
  • 24 mins: England fail to deal with the kick-off once again and New Zealand eventually win a penalty after Robshaw is penalised for coming round the side as he fly-hacks the ball away from the base. Cruden to go for goal...
    6/7/2014 8:01:29 AM
  • 26 mins: It's good, Cruden reduces the lead with his second penalty. 6-9.
    6/7/2014 8:02:00 AM
  • 26 mins: Dagg clears the lines to find touch 35m out. It's good ball off the top and Tuilagi charges into the line as England attack.
    6/7/2014 8:03:16 AM
  • 27 mins: Brown kicks in behind and Dagg gets caught by three England players. They retain the ball though and Cruden clears once more.
    6/7/2014 8:04:04 AM
  • 28 mins: Despite England winning the line-out  New Zealand are awarded the penalty as Webber is penalised for coming into the maul at the side. Cruden kicks to touch and finds the 10m line.
    6/7/2014 8:05:01 AM
  • Keep it up Freddie...

    6/7/2014 8:05:35 AM
  • 29 mins: Cruden kicks into the corner but Webber's throw in is good and finds Parling. Youngs clear and finds touch about 35m out, but the Kiwis have the line-out. Parling is up quickly though and steals the ball for England.
    6/7/2014 8:06:41 AM
  • 30 mins: New Zealand find space on the left and Cruden has time and the support to attack, but he elcts to kick and Brown calls for the mark to stop the attack. His kick is good to, as he finds touch on halfway.
    6/7/2014 8:07:47 AM
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