New Zealand beat England 16-9 at Twickenham

England slumped to their second defeat of the Autumn international series yesterday going down 16-9 to New Zealand at Twickenham. Despite showing commitment in the tackle area and landing a couple of early big hits England were again void of any creativity behind the scrum.

Thankfully for Martin Johnson and his management team the All Blacks produced a lacklustre and disjointed performance by their high standards with Jimmy Cowan's second half try the only real moment of inspiration and execution shown by either side at a rain soaked Twickenham.

The All Blacks created a number of scoring opportunities with fullback Mils Muliaina underlining how dangerous he is with the ball in hand but the hosts of the 2011 World Cup failed to find the final pass on a number of occasions and put England out of the game.

Apart from an attempted intercept from Ugo Monye which the winger knocked on in a tackle with Zac Guilford, England never looked like breaching New Zealand's rock solid defence. While Jonny Wilkinson's left boot again showed pinpoint accuracy serving up the home side's tally of nine points, England will need some inspiration to come from somewhere ahead of the Six Nations.

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