22 Nov 2009

All Blacks beat England, Scotland upset Australia

8:48 am on 22 November 2009

The All Blacks have recorded their eighth successive win over England with a 19-6 victory at Twickenham.

The teams were tied 6-all at halftime with Dan Carter and Jonny Wilkinson kicking two penalties apiece.

Carter overtook Andrew Mehrtens as New Zealand's top international points scorer before the break but also missed two penalty attempts.

The All Blacks lifted the pace in the second half on a treacherous surface which contributed to a series of unforced errors from both sides after heavy rain throughout the week.

Halfback Jimmy Cowan scored the only try of the match in the 57th minute after relentless recyclng by New Zealand as they surged on to the attack.

England did put the New Zealanders under pressure at times late in the game but good defence by the All Blacks kept them try-less.

Meanwhile Scotland ended a 16-test losing streak against Australia, beating the Wallabies 9-8 at Murrayfield with Matt Giteau failing to covert his own try in the last minute to steal victory.

In other internationals, France beat Samoa 43-5, Wales beat Argentina 33-16, South Africa beat Italy 32-10 and Ireland beat Fiji 41-6.