Chris Ashton, Underhill and Moon in England team to face All Blacks

Arnold Nichols
November 12, 2018

England only have themselves to blame.

Who'd be a Television Match Official? Not even the All Blacks.

Barrett's dropped goal and another penalty edged New Zealand ahead, but it had to endure a nervous wait after England flanker Sam Underhill took advantage of a charge-down and sprinted 30m down the left wing for a try with four minutes left. That's the mark of a side who will go to the World Cup as clear favourites.

England took a stride forward here, a defeat yes, but a fine performance.

"There were lots of plus points, but they lost the game", Woodward told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme. It's about the now.

"Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes the game doesn't love you".

Not that Woodward regards Jones as an innocent party in the outcome.

Afterwards, the citing officer decided against initiating any disciplinary action against Farrell, leaving the England co-captain free to face the All Blacks this Saturday.

Tries by Chris Ashton after two minutes and Dylan Hartley had England on a high as the world champions were harried into mistakes in hard, rainy conditions.

"We had this saying "build the score".

"The players thought it was a try, but we are happy to follow what the TMO says". At 15-13 up and with the clock going down, we had a chance of adding the points to go 18-13 up.

New Zealand's coaches immediately came to Moody's aid, before he was sent to a plastic surgeon, where he required three layers of stitching.

Les Bleus were supposed to remain behind the 10-metre line in their own half, but they advanced towards the All Blacks in a "v-formation" led by captain Thierry Dusautoir.

"I think that was a big, big mistake".

"Under World Rugby directives a TMO trial was introduced for the most recent round of matches to give back responsibility to the on-field referee and it states that "try scoring should be an on-field decision with the referee being responsible but the team of four [officials] can all contribute", the Guardian reported. "England have to cut down on their mistakes and tackle, however they can not just expect to win by defending, they need to attack and look to score some tries".

"The players feel the game - we see it - and if they feel that there is an opportunity to crack the opposition they have got to go for it", he said.

He described the benching of Hartley for Jamie George as "a massive call" and critical to the outcome.

"You can either make the movie or be in the movie, and we want to make the movie", said Jones, whose victory over South Africa as Japan coach at the 2015 World Cup is being made into a film called "The Brighton Miracle".

New Zealand almost caught England cold right at the start of the second half after a jinking McKenzie sliced his way through before linking with Ben Smith and Aaron Smith only for wing Rieko Ioane to drop the scrum-half's pass when a try was in sight.

So did McKenzie. I was a bit anxious when I saw it start to pour down with rain because I was concerned he may try and overplay things a little bit.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article