New Zealand v England: Second Test - Live coverage - The Independent

New Zealand v England: Second Test


New Zealand beat England 20-15 in the first Test 
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's second Test between New Zealand and England at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. I'm Jack de Menezes an I'll be keeping you up to date with all the action as it happens, as England look to avenge the 20-15 first Test defeat and level the series.


  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the second Test between New Zealand and England at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
    6/14/2014 6:37:45 AM
  • Hello and thanks for joining me this morning for what should be another cracking Test match. England pushed New Zealand all the way last week, but a 78th-minute Conrad Smith try broke English hearts and denied them the victory in New Zealand that they crave so much. Can they go one better and beat the All Blacks today?
    6/14/2014 6:59:52 AM
  • Here's how the teams line-up:
    New Zealand: B Smith; C Jane, C Smith, M Nonu, J Savea; 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; M Tuilagi, L Burrell, B Twelvetrees, M Yarde; O Farrell, D Care; J Marler, R Webber, D Wilson; J Launchbury, G Parling; T Wood, C Robshaw, B Morgan.
    Replacements: D Hartley, M Mullan, K Brookes, C
    Lawes, B Vunipola, B Youngs, O Farrell, C Ashton
    6/14/2014 7:02:14 AM
  • So England, reinforced by the available Premiership finalists who missed last week, make five personnel changes, as Danny Care, Owen Farrell, Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell come into the back line with Tom Wood replacing the unlucky James Haskell. With Twelvetrees and Burrell reunited to form their Six Nations centre partnership, Manu Tuilagi is pushed out to the wing.
    Tuilagi will have no easy task out wide, as he'll be marking the fit-again Julian Savea, with the electric wing returning to the squad. He starts on the wing with Ben Smith switching to full-back, as Israel Dagg has been ruled out with a knee injury suffered in a poor first Test performance.
    6/14/2014 7:10:01 AM
  • So what do we know about the Forsyth Barr Stadium? The once 'House of Pain' that was Carisbrook is no more...
    There was always an unnerving whiff of impending doom in the air when England took on New Zealand at Carisbrook, the tumbledown stadium renowned across the rugby-playing landscape as the “house of pain”. But Carisbrook is no more – Test matches in this far-flung outpost of the union game are now staged at a cutting-edge, all-seater venue where spectators bask under a greenhouse roof – and we will know by lunchtime today whether the All Blacks’ aura of invincibility has also been bulldozed into oblivion.
    Read more of what Chris Hewett has to say from New Zealand here
    6/14/2014 7:12:01 AM

  • Dan Carter in action for Southbridge 
    A certain Dan Carter made his return to rugby after a six month sabatical, playing for Canterbury provincial side Southbridge. For your information, Southbridge beat Glenmark 51-10.

    6/14/2014 7:15:26 AM
  • Want highlights of the first Test? Look no further as you can see them here.

    6/14/2014 7:16:29 AM
  • Former England coach Brian Smith has reservations about what Tuilagi can offer on the wing defensively...
    Stuart Lancaster has just made some big calls on some big players – after England's courageous effort in the first Test, the "Dear John" discussions must have been even more difficult than usual – and they don't come much bigger than Manu Tuilagi, a world-class outside centre who suddenly finds himself on the right wing. This is a back-line plot long in the hatching and I can understand the reasons behind the experiment, but I'm not sure I'd have been in any rush to perform this particular trick in a must-win game against a side as dangerous as the All Blacks. To adapt the age-old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't shift him."
    Read more of what Brian Smith had to say ahead of the game in his Independent column here.
    6/14/2014 7:18:49 AM

  • New Zealand fans already filling out the Forsyth Barr Stadium 


    6/14/2014 7:20:00 AM
  • Pre-match predictions...

    6/14/2014 7:20:50 AM
  • Don't forget you can vote in our poll on today's winning margin, and you can also leave your comments by clicking the 'Make a Comment' button above. We want to hear what you think is going to happen in today's match, and we'll re-post the best ones.
    6/14/2014 7:22:14 AM
  • Just 10 minutes to go until kick-off, which means we're not far away from the almighty Haka. England chose not to respond to the All Blacks challenge as some teams have done in the past, but instead did their talking in the 80 minutes (well, 78 of them). 
    6/14/2014 7:25:21 AM
  • Pre-match preparations nearly complete in Dunedin...

    6/14/2014 7:25:55 AM
  • Here come England, led out by Chris Robshaw to a small cheer. New Zealand keeping their opponents waiting.
    6/14/2014 7:27:27 AM
  • The All Blacks emerge! A big roar goes up around the stadium and we're nearly ready to go.
    6/14/2014 7:29:01 AM
  • 6/14/2014 7:29:04 AM
  • So in the poll it's New Zealand who get your backing to win by more than 15 points with 36% of the vote. Time for the anthems.
    6/14/2014 7:29:49 AM
  • Anthems done. You know what time it is. Prepare yourself for the Haka.
    6/14/2014 7:32:31 AM
  • Led by the ferocious Liam Messam, the All Blacks deliver their challenge in the form of their Maori war dance. McCaw was looking particularly focused, and we're ready to go.
    6/14/2014 7:34:44 AM
  • We all love the Haka

    6/14/2014 7:35:20 AM
  • 1 mins: Cruden gets the match underway!
    6/14/2014 7:35:36 AM
  • 1 mins: England win a lineout from the kick-off, and immediately win a penalty from the ensuing maul. Farrell sends it into the New Zealand half and that's a good start.
    6/14/2014 7:36:42 AM
  • 2 mins: McCaw gives away another penalty from the next maul for coming in round the side, and Farrell will go for goal for an early lead.
    6/14/2014 7:38:03 AM
  • 3 mins: It's sweetly struck and straight through the middle. England lead. 0-3.
    6/14/2014 7:38:42 AM
  • 4 mins: Just four minutes in and New Zealand get the warning from referee Jaco Peyper, as he awards another penalty. England have the ball in the All Blacks' half once more.
    6/14/2014 7:39:56 AM
  • 5 mins: England come left and Twelvetrees puts in a deft kick behind the defence. After bobbling around, Ben Smith collects the ball and Cruden clears the danger.
    6/14/2014 7:41:02 AM
  • 6 mins: Whitelock gets up to disrupt the England lineout, but Smith is charged down and Launchbury is on to it in a flash. He offloads to Wood, who is hauled down just short. Webber picks and goes, but England's execution is very poor. The All Blacks sniff a chance and quickly turn over a ruck, and Nonu kicks to touch. England have the ball on the 5m line.
    6/14/2014 7:43:17 AM
  • 8 mins: Yarde is over the line, TRY FOR ENGLAND!
    6/14/2014 7:43:41 AM
  • 8 mins: Off second phase ball, Yarde comes quickly into the line off Care and when he's not held in the tackle by McCaw, he dives over the line for his first international try. Farrell converts to give England a 0-10 lead.
    6/14/2014 7:45:56 AM
  • 10 mins: Nonu provides a moment of magic to spin out of the tackle, and here come the All Blacks. They're camped on the England try line.
    6/14/2014 7:47:31 AM
  • 11 mins: Nonu broke through Marler and Wilson, although Franks did just help his team-mate through the gap. We come back for the penalty as the All Blacks had the advantage, and Cruden converts to reduce the gap. 3-10
    6/14/2014 7:48:50 AM
  • 13 mins: Twelvetrees cuts a brilliant line to scamper into the New Zealand 22. England panic though and lose control of the ball, but Yarde manages to clear up and England retain the ball. It's eventually knocked on and New Zealand have the scrum. A very lively start from England, and it's taking its toll on McCaw as he's smashed by Webber when trying to tackle the hooker.
    6/14/2014 7:51:27 AM
  • England fans in confident voice this morning...

    6/14/2014 7:51:54 AM
  • 15 mins: England gets a bit of a shove on in the first scrum, and Cruden then puts a cross-field kick out on the full. It was Marler who made the dent their, and if Wilson can come to the party like he did last week England will be in great shape.
    6/14/2014 7:52:58 AM
  • 16 mins: Burrell tries to offload from the floor to his centre partner, but Conrad Smith is in quickly to force the knock on. At least we'll get another chance to look at the scrum.
    6/14/2014 7:53:56 AM
  • 17 mins: Cruden chips ahead to turn Tuilagi and Brown, charging forward, somehow takes the ball off his laces mid-run. He's quickly swamped though and Peyper blows up for a New Zealand penalty for holding on. Cruden will go for goal from around 45m out.
    6/14/2014 7:55:07 AM
  • 18 mins: It's wide, and the fly-half hooks it left of the post to let England off the hook.
    6/14/2014 7:55:40 AM
  • 19 mins: Parling lines up Retallick perfectly, and England turn over the ball. Care chips over into space and it looks inch perfect, but touch judge Nigel Owens (not again) says it's out on the ball. From the lineout, Savea breaks through the defence, but the whistle has gone as Nonu is pinged for obstruction as he clearly takes Farrell out. The fly-half is back up and will kick for goal from halfway.
    6/14/2014 7:58:10 AM
  • 22 mins: Farrell also pushes his attempt left, so it's how you were after two missed kicks.
    6/14/2014 7:59:10 AM

  • Marland Yarde scores for England 


    6/14/2014 7:59:46 AM
  • 23 mins: England seem to run out of ideas in the midfield, and Care tries to kick over to the corner but puts this one well out on the full. New ZEaland with the throw on their 10m line, and Nonu takes the crash ball once again.
    6/14/2014 8:00:46 AM
  • 24 mins: Burrell gets his hands on the ball as he tackles Jane, and it's knocked on in the process to give England the put-in. The game has become a bis disjointed and scrappy after a promising start.
    6/14/2014 8:02:00 AM
  • 26 mins: New Zealand's defence is having a right test here, but it stands firm and when Farrell puts the up-and-under in the air Jane does very well to ride the tackle from Twelvetrees. England win the ball back, and Brown kicks deep into the 22m. Smith sweeps up, but his clearance kick is awful and only just finds touch.
    6/14/2014 8:04:45 AM
  • 28 mins: England get a good maul rolling, but when Care elects to go h takes his eyes off the ball and drops it. Webber than dives in from an offside position and the All Blacks win a very easy penalty to relieve the danger.
    6/14/2014 8:05:57 AM
  • 29 mins: Farrell is forced to sprint back to his own 5m line as he is pressured, and he sends his clearance kick towards halfway. New Zealand win good ball, but Robshaw reads the play superbly to snaffle Smith's pass before it finds Cruden. Twelvetrees looks to do put his pass is lose and Smith tries to hack forward, only to find touch when New Zealand looked to be in.
    6/14/2014 8:08:16 AM
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