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Rugby union: All Blacks clinch England series despite struggling to 28-27 win

Published on Jun 14, 2014 6:58 PM
The New Zealand All Blacks pose for a team photo with the Hilary Shield and Steinlarger Trophy after beating England during the second rugby union test match in Dunedin on June 14, 2014. New Zealand clinch their three-match series with one to play. -- PHOTO: AFP 

(REUTERS) - New Zealand exploded for three tries in the second half to beat England 28-27 on Saturday in their second Test at Otago Regional Stadium in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series with one to play.

Fullback Ben Smith, who produced a brilliant try-saving tackle on Manu Tuilagi in the first half, Julian Savea and Ma'a Nonu all crossed for the home side in the second spell after they had been 6-10 down at half-time following a furious start by the visitors.

Fly-half Aaron Cruden slotted a conversion and two penalties, while his replacement Beauden Barrett added a conversion and a penalty for the home side who now have an 16-match unbeaten streak.

Winger Marland Yarde, fullback Mike Brown and Chris Ashton scored tries for England, while Owen Farrell, who was sin-binned for a professional foul midway through the second half, slotted three conversions and two penalties.

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