History of rugby union matches between England and New Zealand From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search The national rugby union teams of England and New Zealand have been playing each other in Test match rugby sinceand have contested a total of 38 Test matches since. The first meeting between the two nations was on 2 Decemberwhen the All Blacks were in England as part of their European and North America tour.
Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now New Zealand sent out an emphatic message that they will not relinquish their Rugby World Cup title lightly as they outclassed Ireland in their last eight-clash on Saturday and set up a semi-final clash with England.
The three-times champions, who ran in seven tries and had effectively secured victory by halftime, went into the encounter having lost two of their last three matches against the Irish but this superb performance reflected their overall record against the men in green, now standing at 29 wins, two defeats and one draw.
After a tight opening 10 minutes the New Zealanders, dominating possession and territory and playing fluent, varied rugby at high pace, took complete control, quicksilver scrumhalf Aaron Smith leading the way with the first two tries. Certainly England will provide a better test for the holders next week in Yokohama, having earlier thrashed Australia in the first quarter-final in Oita.
It was awesome. He was magnanimous in defeat, however.
We felt we had prepared well and had a game plan," he said. They were just really clinical. They also had not been challenged since their tournament opener against South Africa four weeks ago and fans were concerned they could be under-prepared for the intensity of a knockout match.
Steve Hansen's side allayed those fears with a blistering and bruising performance, constantly driving Ireland back at the breakdown and in the tackle and never allowing them to get their close-running game going.
They also forced the Irish into numerous handling errors, particularly in contact inside their own half. After scrumhalf Smith scored his first try in the 14th minute following a sustained buildup, the All Blacks seized on two Johnny Sexton errors to put the game beyond doubt.
The Irish flyhalf failed to find touch for an attacking lineout, with his opposite number Richie Mo'unga brilliantly keeping the ball in play and the All Blacks then broke into Ireland's half, Smith grabbing his second from close range three minutes later.
Sexton then dropped the ball on halfway in a tackle and Mo'unga kicked it ahead with Beauden Barrett winning the race to give the All Blacks a halftime lead.
With just over 10 minutes to go, centre Robbie Henshaw gave Ireland a face-saving try immediately after he had squandered an even better opportunity while referee Nigel Owens also awarded them a penalty try and sinbinned Todd for a professional foul.