England narrowly beaten again

Ma'a Nonu scored one of New Zealand's tries

Ma'a Nonu scored one of New Zealand's tries

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England slumped to a series defeat to New Zealand after being picked apart with clinical efficiency in a devastating second-half spell at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

A 10-6 interval lead turned into a three-try victory for the All Blacks that was far more emphatic than the 28-27 scoreline suggests with Mike Brown and Chris Ashton crossing late on to sugar-coat the loss.

Tries from Ben Smith, Julian Savea and Ma'a Nonu took the match beyond England's reach, even if Brown's 72nd-minute score offered brief hope of a fightback.

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