England ended New Zealand’s 20-match unbeaten run as they registered their highest ever score against the All Blacks with a convincing 38–21 victory at Twickenham.
The home had the better of the first half and came closest to scoring a try but Chris Ashton was unable to hold onto the ball with the line beckoning. Owen Farrell was the key man for England as his trusty boot gave the hosts a 6-0 lead with two penalties. Stuart Lancaster's side were indebted to Farrell again when his drop goal added a further three points.
New Zealand’s prolific kicker Dan Carter uncharacteristically missed two penalty attempts as the world champions failed to score in the opening 40 minutes. England ended the half on a high when Farrell extended the advantage to 12 points with a penalty with the last action before the interval.
The home side started the second period in the same positive mood with Farrell kicking another three points within three minutes of the restart.
New Zealand started the second half aggressively and reduced the deficit to 15-14 with tries from Julian Savae and Kieran Read. But from that point on England responded and went into overdrive as they scored 23 unanswered points. Brad Barritt, Ashton and Manu Tuilagi all went over the try line as the world champions were outplayed. Savae got his second try for the All Blacks but it proved to be little more than a consolation as England celebrated a famous victory.
Meanwhile Wales suffered their seventh successive defeat with a 14-12 reverse against Australia at the Millennium Stadium.
The home side went in 9-6 down at the break as Leigh Halfpenny kicked two penalties for Wales. However, the Aussies were ahead courtesy of three penalties from Kurtley Beale.
Wales took the lead 12-9 with two Halfpenny kicks but Beale had the final say when he scored a try late on to give Australia a 14-12 advantage. The game was delayed late on because of an injury to Halfpenny and he was taken from the field on a stretcher. Australia missed the conversion but it made no difference to the result.