On this day: England end All Blacks’ winning streak

Date published: December 1 2021 - Planet Rugby

On this day in 2012, England caused a major upset when they ended 2011 Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand’s 20-Test unbeaten run courtesy of a 38-21 victory at Twickenham.

As the scoreline suggests, England were worthy winners and they dominated most facets of play in front of 82,000 spectators.

Historic victory

It was only England’s seventh win in history over New Zealand and their first triumph in nine years against the men in black.

Four penalties and a drop-goal from Owen Farrell gave England a 15-0 lead after 42 minutes, only for New Zealand to show their class and storm back.

Julian Savea crashed over in the corner and Kieran Read also touched down, with two Dan Carter conversions reducing the deficit to a single point.

England’s early work was in danger of going to waste but three quick tries secured a record victory.

Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi all crossed, the latter having intercepted Read’s poor pass to Carter and strolled across the line in an atmosphere of disbelief.

Farrell and debutant replacement Freddie Burns added late points with the boot to render Savea’s second try meaningless.

Australia and South Africa had both inflicted autumn Twickenham defeats on England before the New Zealand game.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “What makes great teams is a strong culture and I think we’ve got a strong culture here building.

“We’ve got a good young English team that should take us through the next five, six, seven years.”