The All Blacks celebrate at the final whistle after clinching a 16-15 win over England at Twickenham. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA

LONDON – World champions New Zealand came from 15-0 down to beat England 16-15 in a thrilling November Test at a rain-swept Twickenham on Saturday.

England, after letting slip a commanding lead, thought they had won the match with four minutes left when Sam Underhill crossed for a ‘try’, after Courtney Lawes charged down a kick by All Black replacement scrumhalf TJ Perenara.

But French referee Jerome Garces, after consulting South African television match official Marius Jonker, disallowed the score for a marginal offside infringement by Lawes at the ruck that preceded the kick.

England, bidding for just their eighth win over the All Blacks in 41 Tests, surged into a shock 15-0 lead on the back of tries by Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley.  

But the All Blacks were only five points down at halftime, thanks to Damian McKenzie’s converted try and a Beauden Barrett penalty.

Flyhalf Barrett’s second-half drop goal and penalty then proved the decisive scores.


England 15 – Tries: Chris Ashton, Dylan Hartley. Conversion: Owen Farrell (1). Drop Goal: Farrell (1).

New Zealand 16 – Try: Damian McKenzie. Conversion: Beauden Barrett (1). Penalties: Barrett (2). Drop Goal: Barrett (1).