New Zealand overturned a 15-0 scoreline, registering 16 unanswered points as they came back to clinch the victory over England on a rainy afternoon at Twickenham.

In an open match with plenty of excitement – and controversy thanks to a disallowed Sam Underhill try – the All Blacks overturned England’s two early tries, scored by Chris Ashton and co-captain Dylan Hartley.

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England’s performance, arguably much improved over their South Africa win, merited celebration despite the 15-16 score at the final whistle.

Here’s how the players rated on the afternoon:

England

Chris Ashton of England touches down for the first try (Getty Images)
Chris Ashton of England touches down for the first try (Getty Images)

15 Elliot Daly 5/10

Still questions about him under the high ball, and he struggled to get into the match.

14 Chris Ashton 6/10

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A try well-taken, and he dealt well with being frequently kicked at. A bit sloppy in defence on occasion, however. Hooked for Nowell at 68 minutes.

13 Henry Slade 6/10

Kicked well when asked, broke through and offloaded, no missed tackles. Good game.

12 Ben Te’o 5/10

Did not track Damian McKenzie for the try and missed the tackle, one of two today. Otherwise defended consistently and trucked it up the middle as usual. Hooked at 72 minutes for Ford.

11 Jonny May 8/10

Returned so many kicks. So many. He made 75 metres and beat five defenders. Made his case very strongly against the best today – the only criticism being there was an opportunity to release others for a try late in the second half which he kept to himself.

10 Owen Farrell (co-captain) 7/10

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Excellent defensive and kicking performance from the fly-half, who also set the back line going. The missed conversion may play on his mind, though.

9 Ben Youngs 7/10

Spotted the blindside mismatch and an excellent mispass for the first try. It was more his than Ashton’s. However, he kicked poorly at times and he missed tackles. He continues to slow down ball at the base of a ruck, allowing defences to organise and spread wide to counteract England’s back three.

1 Ben Moon 6/10

Scrummaged well generally and was an active defender.

2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain) 7/10

Hooked at half-time for Jamie George and he had put in a captain’s shift. Eight tackles, a steady lineout on a wet day with a try from the back of a maul to boot. Not bad.

3 Kyle Sinckler 7/10

A whole lot of carries and he can offload and pass brilliantly. He’s an excellent weapon for England when he’s on form and not conceding penalties in the scrum, or getting too riled. Came off at 57 minutes with moon.

4 Maro Itoje 9/10

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A tackle-happy mountain today. He made 20 tackles, joint-top of the count on England’s side with Sam Underhill, missing one less than the flanker. Two turnovers, constantly up in the All Blacks face, a real menace.

5 George Kruis 6/10

Did all the hidden work, hitting rucks, stopping defenders, driving mauls and a huge engine in the scrum. Fell off a few collisions though.

6 Brad Shields 5/10

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Substituted temporarily for an HIA in the 26th minute. Returned to the field for the second-half, but was off at 65 after a middling performance.

7 Sam Underhill 9/10

What a defensive machine. He walked off the field at half time with ten Kiwi’s tackled and a split cheek. Came back on and made a further ten with a turnover to boot. Six carries, a defender beaten. The only negative is four missed tackles, but when you throw yourself in that much a few misses are permissible.

8 Mark Wilson 6/10

Not quite the same performance as last week. A lot of tackles but a bit light on carries.

Replacements

16 Jamie George 3/10

Came on for Hartley at half time. England’s lineout capitulated from 4/4 under Hartley to 5/11.

17 Alec Hepburn 7/10

Very mobile around the field and did his part in all phases.

18 Harry Williams 6/10

Hard to notice, if we are honest. Defended well.

19 Charlie Ewels 4/10

A bit of a lukewarm change from the bench who didn’t necessarily live up to the ‘finishers’ tag.

20 Courtney Lawes 7/10

Came on early for a HIA substitution to Brad Shields. Stopped a move on the line in its tracks with an enormous hit during his cameo. Came on again later to make the lineout more steady and add ballast. Was found to be offside after his excellent chargedown led to a try. Dropped a ball in a promising attack minutes later.

21 Danny Care 7/10

Increased the pace of the game, kicked well, kept the fringe defenders honest and continues to press his claim.

22 George Ford 5/10

An eight-minute cameo, in which he made a few passes and four tackles.

23 Jack Nowell 5/10 

Made some runs, but no breaks, in a short appearance.

New Zealand

Damian McKenzie of the New Zealand All Blacks touches down for his team's first try (Getty Images)
Damian McKenzie of the New Zealand All Blacks touches down for his team’s first try (Getty Images)

15 Damian McKenzie 8/10

Showed his talent early when he stepped three England players in a kick return with complete nonchalance and disrespect. Followed it up with a try by popping up on Barrett’s inside shoulder. Made a few errors later in the game, but such a talent. 11 defenders beaten, he can barely be touched.

14 Ben Smith 6/10

Struggled with a slippy game, but played safe and made no errors.

13 Jack Goodhue 7/10

Danced through the midfield on occasion

12 Sonny Bill Williams 5/10

Substituted midway through the first half for Crotty. Had been typically physical and had offloaded as you’d expect him to, but nothing dazzling.

11 Rieko Ioane 7/10

Twinkle-toed at times but a bit off his usual scalding boil, in truth. Beat a few defenders and had the run of Chris Ashton at times, but could have exploited him more.

10 Beauden Barrett 8/10

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Took a lot of hits trying to make something happen. He kicked poorly out of hand many times in a Test where game management would be crucial. However, he’s perennially elusive and he continues to be creative and combative. A real leader.

9. Aaron Smith 6/10

Always sniping and offering a new option. The pace of the All Blacks game starts with him demanding quick ball. Not allowed to fluorish today.

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe 7/10

Big contribution in the scrum and around the park.

2. Codie Taylor 5/10

Overthrew first lineout, thought we were in for a repeat of Malcolm Marx’s howlers last weekend. Didn’t apply himself in defence and was pretty anonymous until he was subbed three minutes into the second-half.

 3. Owen Franks 6/10

Subbed three minutes into the second-half with Taylor. A decent day in the scrum.

4. Brodie Retallick 8/10

Never stopped carrying at hitting rucks. A total workhorse of the highest standard, and he disrupted the lineout well.

5. Sam Whitelock 9/10

A tackle machine today. Completed a full 80 with his second-row partner, big shifts from them both. But 15 carries from Whitelock. Immense.

6. Liam Squire 4/10

A really absent match.  Hooked early in the second-half and rightly so. A poor performance.

7. Ardie Savea 7/10

Always energetic, the flanker defended well and made a lot of tackles for his side. He would have liked to have competed more for the ball, too, but was waved away more than once by the referee. He’ll have nightmares about overrunning Aaron Smith to miss out on an obvious try opportunity.

8. Kieran Read (captain) 8/10

A real captain’s game. Picked from the scrum carried, beat defenders, tackled hard. Lead from the front.

Replacements

16 Dane Coles 7/10

Mobile, threw well, a real asset from the bench.

17 Ofa Tuungafasi 6/10

Scrummed well and did his defensive work.

18 Nepo Laulala 5/10

A bit light on effort around the field, but good at the set pieces.

19 Scott Barrett 7/10

On for Squire at the 51st minute. Three locks helped the New Zealand lineout and killed the English one, and Barrett did his fair share of work.

20 Matt Todd 5/10

A light cameo, a bit of defensive work. Nothing box office.

21 TJ Perenara 6/10

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Hassles and harries as you’d expect. A real bit of quality from the bench.

22. Richie Mo’unga 7/10

The would-be challenger to Beauden Barrett. Nothing sensational today but he kicked clinically out of hand.

23. Ryan Crotty 7/10

There are a few questions defensively but he runs brilliantly and consistently beats men. Skips through a defence if left to flourish.