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England players celebrate after teammate Will Stuart, bottom left, scored a try during the international rugby union match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
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England draws with All Blacks from 25-6 down at Twickenham

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England conjured a remarkable three-try finale to draw with New Zealand 25-25 at Twickenham on Saturday.

The All Blacks were a class above in building a 25-6 lead with 10 minutes to go.

But a yellow card to New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett and try in the same movement to England replacement prop Will Stuart breathed life back into English hopes with eight minutes to go.

England snapped off long-range tries by fullback Freddie Steward and a second for Stuart with a minute to go, but England, with all the momentum and a man advantage, wasn't interested in going for the win when Marcus Smith kicked out the restart to end the match.

It's only the second draw in the teams' history, after a 26-26 in 1997 on the same ground.

New Zealand was dominant on both sides of the ball for most of the teams' first meeting since it was inflicted its worst Rugby World Cup defeat in the 2019 semifinals.

New Zealand bolted to a 14-0 lead after nine minutes and had another try disallowed. They went into halftime a deserved 17-3 ahead and was bossing England physically.

Rieko Ioane bagged New Zealand's third try and Barrett underlined their control by chipping a dropped goal.

But moments later, Barrett was in the sin-bin for committing a professional foul on his tryline and England thrilled in its comeback.

The Twickenham crowd was whipped up before kickoff by video highlights of the 2019 triumph, a light show, and singing to drown out the haka.

But New Zealand flew out of the blocks with converted tries by flanker Dalton Papali'i from an intercept and hooker Codie Taylor from a lineout maul.

It looked like it was going to be 21-0 after Ioane scored but the try was dismissed on review after he was caught doing a neck roll on England captain Owen Farrell.

Instead, it became 14-3 after a Farrell goalkick from a scrum penalty. England's toehold was brief, though.

The All Blacks forwards fronted up and pushed England back to its tryline but could take away only three points at the end of a stop-start half.

England needed to score first in the new half and did through a penalty by Smith after Farrell carried a sore leg in his 100th England test.

Wing Caleb Clarke made a try-saving tackle on Manu Tuilagi, then lock Brodie Retallick, playing his 100th All Blacks test, jolted the ball from Sam Simmonds in the 22. The visitors countered quickly.

The All Blacks made crosskicks a feature of beating England's defense and Richie Mo'unga kicked over to Clarke, who let Ioane steam away up the left touchline and score for 22-6.

England was back on attack again only to concede another penalty when Maro Itoje was thrown across the lineout by his own lifters.

Down the other end, Barrett knocked over the dropped goal for 25-6 and they were cruising. Then he was in the sin-bin and New Zealand binned the win.

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The early try "gifted" by England was a shocker. What was the scrum half thinking?

In the end a fair result.

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Stunning fightback by England.

This is the fifth time this season this year's (and probably next year's, unfortunately) All Blacks have given up such a lead.

And if World Rugby wants to grow its audience, a match featuring 28 penalty stoppages is not going to achieve that. An overly pedantic ref ruined what could have been a pretty open and free flowing game of rugby. At least his pedantry was directed at both sides.

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What neppened Blackies??..

You are not the same as before...

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What neppened Blackies??..

You are not the same as before...

Their coach isn't up to the job.

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This is the fifth time this season this year's (and probably next year's, unfortunately) All Blacks have given up such a lead.

Right? ABs are a mess right now.

Their coach isn't up to the job.

and Eddie would have learned a lot from that game too. He’s going through some issues in the England team but he’s a smart man and he’ll get them sorted before next year. I can’t say the same for Foster.

From the weekend’s results (not games as I didn’t see all performances) it looks like South Africa is the most in form. I like the Springboks and hope they can keep it up for next year.

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Third AB try was a thing of simple beauty - best moment of the game.

But yeah, overall too many pens, primadonna reffing, and TMO reviews. The game needs speeding up.

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From the weekend’s results (not games as I didn’t see all performances) it looks like South Africa is the most in form. I like the Springboks and hope they can keep it up for next year.

NZ was in control for seventy minutes before they collapsed, and finished the tour undefeated, whereas the Saffas only won once, against Italy.

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Whilst the AB will take their undefeated end of year tour with their usual grace. These lapses in concentration have been ongoing and speak of a lack of mental fortitude. NZ owned England in almost every area (especially in the tight where they bossed England around). The bench were poor with their impact (especially Perenara) and their inability to close out the last 10 minutes (albeit being down to 14) was not an isolated incident.

Good signs though - they looked 20 points better than England and their forward pack and scrum is now amongst the best.

A word about French referee Raynal. He is poison to a game of rugby. Equally bad on both teams he needs to be shifted along so that better refs can be given high profile games.

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