England stun All Blacks

Updated: December 2, 2012

It was a victory of stunning proportions yesterday at Twickenham as England inflicted the only loss of the year on New Zealand when they triumphed 38-21. The world champions’ run of 20 Tests without defeat was brought to a shuddering halt by a rampant home side at Twickenham on Saturday, who recorded their record margin of victory and biggest score against the All Blacks.

New Zealand, who had won their last nine games against England and not dropped a European tour game for 10 years, were 12-1 on favourites at the start.

But they were outplayed in every department by a callow England team beaten by Australia and South Africa in the last two weeks, but who chalked up their highest score and a record margin against a team being increasingly touted as the best to have played the game.

England deservedly led 12-0 at halftime via the boot of Owen Farrell and, though the All Blacks closed to within a point with quickfire tries to Julian Savea and Keiran Read, the hosts roared back with tries by Brad Barritt, an inspiredManu Tuilagai and Chris Ashton.

A last-gasp try to Kurtley Beale gave Australia a thrilling 14-12 victory over Wales on Saturday which condemned the Welsh to a seventh successive defeat and left them facing a daunting World Cup challenge.