Recasting Manu Tuilagi on the wing was one of the sizzling pre-match discussions.

Any international wing put in the clear with 60m to the try-line should score. England and Tuilagi found themselves at the epicentre of that scenario on the cusp of halftime in the pivotal second test in Dunedin.

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If he'd scored England would have jumped out to 15-3 with Owen Farrell's conversion attempt to come. Instead, Tuilagi ran into quicksand and Ben Smith's brilliant cover tackle, the All Blacks escaped and with a subsequent Aaron Cruden penalty, went to the sheds only 10-6 adrift.

Gregor Paul and Nigel Yalden are in Dunedin and give their opinions on the All Blacks 28-27 victory over England and the changes made in the All Blacks.

England brought a stack of attacking ideas with their retooled backline but Tuilagi looked adrift on the flank. When play moved close to him he belted All Blacks with his defence and took several defenders with him on the crash ball.

Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen celebrate a hard fought All Blacks victory and repelling a determined England challenge 28-27 in Dunedin.

However when the ball was kicked in behind him or play opened up and the All Blacks carved towards his flank, Tuilagi was uncertain.

England's rejigged side brought more ball players like Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell but there was not enough flair or instinct to really stretch the All Blacks.

Hear the All Blacks post match after their 28-27 victory against England, Brodie Retallick, Jerome Kaino, Ben Smith and Ma'a Nonu tell what the match was like.

When the All Blacks found their attacking game, their invention and offloads were several levels ahead of their rivals.

That strength on top of Tuilagi's miscue and a harsh yellow card against Farrell, saw the All Blacks prise the test open after halftime with tries to Julian Savea and M'a Nonu.

England got their full crew and some fortune when fullback Mike Brown was awarded a try but their challenge for a series victory was done, their tour target has to be finding some honour in Hamilton.