All Blacks 36
England 13

Not a bad piece of this machinery this All Black side when they are well oiled and able to work through the gears in the face of passive resistance.

And that Julian Savea goes particularly OK. The All Blacks could probably have sent him out on his own and got pretty much the same result.

His third try - the last act of the game - provided the gloss the scoreboard needed to demonstrate the true gulf between the teams.


If the All Blacks are old, slow and over the hill... goodness knows what that makes England who were well beaten.

First Take: Cruden silences his doubters

It could, and should have ended up as an old-fashioned donkey-licking, but a combination of All Black sloppiness and an English revival prevented that.

A stunning first half led the All Blacks to a 36-13 win over England, All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw and Coach Steve Hansen react to the series victroy. England coaches Stuart Lancaster and Andt Farrell lament lost chances in the three matches.

The temptation will be to over-analyse the last half hour and question what went wrong, rather than drill into the opening 30 minutes and celebrate what went right. And plenty went right in that early period - plenty to be convinced by the direction in which the All Blacks are heading.

What will worry England, and what should worry every aspiring international side, is the muscularity and excellence of the All Blacks pack. England came here with a reasonable expectation that, while they might not be able to match the pace and verve of the All Blacks backs, they would at least smack them around a bit up front.

The Herald Rugby team of Gregor Paul and Patrick McKendry along with Radio Sports Nigel Yalden are beneath Hamilton's stadium reviewing the All Blacks 3-0 series win over England.

That didn't happen last night - hasn't happened all series. The All Black lineout hummed along, their scrum was rock solid - encountering more opposition from the referee than it did anything wearing white.