Autumn internationals as they happened

England men thrash the All Blacks and Australia edge out Wales before England women beat New Zealand 32-23.

1 December 2012 Last updated at 20:07 GMT

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    It was a ruthless first-half performance which set up England for an impressive victory and their display will undoubtedly worry their Six Nations opponents. It's time for me to wave you goodbye - but not before I inform you that highlights of England's men remarkable efforts over the All Blacks is starting on BBC Three, where there will be better footwork on display than Strictly Come Dancing. Thanks for joining the fun. See you in a couple of months for the Six Nations.

  2. 1855: 

    The lesson we've learnt today is that beating the world champions at Twickenham is as straightforward as buttering your toast. A clean sweep for England's women over their great rivals, and a deserved victory at HQ.

  3. 80 mins: 
    FULL-TIME- England women 32-23 New Zealand women

    Captain McLean chips over the New Zealand defence, but the Black Ferns are alert to the danger. The visitors decide to attack from their own 22... they work their way to the half-way line... Shakira Baker dashes down the wing but her efforts come to nothing and the referee blows her whistle to end a breathless match.

  4. 76 mins: 
    England women 32-23 New Zealand women

    New Zealand attack but the ball squirts out from the ruck and into the dangerous hands of Joanne Watmore. The tall red-headed centre, as she has throughout this match, makes ground, setting her team up for another attack. The hosts rumble forward from a driving maul but their efforts come to nothing as England are penalised.


    England hooker Amy Turner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "New Zealand had that pressure building for 10-12 phases and, to be honest, I thought they weren't making any ground, but they took it inch by inch and when the timing was right they attacked and managed to get over the line. Credit where credit's due, they used a basic game and scored."

  6. 70 mins: 
    TRY (Kendra Cocksedge)- England women 32-23 New Zealand women

    What was that about verve and menace? Forget it. England eventually crumble under pressure. The Black Ferns patiently recycling and spin the ball wide, with Cocksedge wriggling underneath a heap of despairing white-shirted defenders.

  7. 68 mins: 
    England women 32-18 New Zealand women

    England's men man of the match, Tom Wood, suited and booted, as they say, leaves his seat and heads for the bowels of the Twickenham stadium. The flanker perhaps sensing England have done enough. New Zealand enjoying the possession but their attack lacks menace, lacks verve.

  8. 64 mins: 
    England women 32-18 New Zealand women

    The Black Ferns are dominating possession without threatening and, worryingly for the world champions, New Zealand continue to gift penalties to their opponents, which allows Katy McLean to clear the lines, setting up another platform from which the Six Nations champions can attack from.

  9. 59mins: 
    England women 32-18 New Zealand women

    McLean varies play, opting to delicately kick the ball into touch and testing the nerve of the already under-pressure Black Ferns with a line-out 5m from their tryline. The world champions come through the line-out test but are still on the backfoot, with England engineering a scrum 10m or so from the tryline.


    England hooker Amy Turner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It's not over. England still have a little bit more to do to feel they're out of reach."

  11. 55 mins: 
    PENALTY- England women 32-18 New Zealand women

    Handling error from New Zealand and the visitors meekly give possession to the Six Nations champions. Another short, sharp blast from referee Trumble's whistle indicates another penalty for England which means another chance for Scarratt to add three points to the scoreboard.

  12. 52 mins: 
    England women 29-18 New Zealand women

    England, with 15 jerseys on the field, barging through black-shirted defenders with ease. The Black Ferns conceding penalties with worrying regularity, flankers Fisher and Sarah Hunter forcing their opponents to error.

  13. 46 mins: 
    TRY (Joanne Watmore)- England women 29-18 New Zealand women

    As soon as Savage trudges from the field, Joanne Watmore dashes to the corner. The lively centre notices a prop in front of her so puts the pedal to the metal, easing away for her first try of a fruitful evening. Emily Scarratt's attempted conversion is way off target.

  14. 46 mins: 
    SIN BIN (Aroha Savage)- England women 24-18 New Zealand women

    "That was cynical," the referee tells Aroha Savage, like a headmistress telling off a naughty pupil, before showing her the yellow card for not releasing.

  15. 43mins: 
    PENALTY- England women 24-18 New Zealand women

    Kelly Brazier's low effort wobbles a few centimetres over the bar and the Black Ferns reduce the arrears, taking further advantage of Heather Fisher's sin-binning.

  16. 46 mins: 
    England women 24-15 New Zealand women

    "I've never just wanted to win," said Gary Street last month. "I want to play in a way that makes people say 'what a good game of rugby that is'". Street's team are certainly carried out orders in the first half, playing with elan and ruthlessness. The second half is under way and, within seconds, the Black Ferns have a sniff at goal.


    England coach Gary Street: "We need to shore up our defence and stop the scores. If we keep playing with power I think we will pose them problems in the second half."


    England hooker Amy Turner on BBC Radio 5 live: "If you look at the body language of England they look confident and composed with ball in hand and that's really good to see because in the past they have occasionally choked. It's nice to see England have that confidence and will play how they want to play and not be dictated to by New Zealand."


    Former England captain Catherine Spencer on Sky Sports: "Twickenham has always treated England well. Both teams have picked it up. England women are flying at the moment, just running in tries."

  20. 40 mins: 
    TRY (Selica Winiata)- England women 24-15 New Zealand women

    A sturdy New Zealand scrum gives the Black Ferns the perfect platform and they attack down the blindside, taking advantage of their extra player, with Selica Winiata touching down in the corner. Kelly Brazier's conversion attempt misses the uprights and onlooking Dan Carter leaves his seat for half-time.

  21. 40 mins: 
    SIN BIN (Heather Fisher)- England women 24-10 New Zealand women

    Heather Fisher is shown the yellow for 'hands in the ruck' and the influential flanker trudges off to the sidelines with her team-mates needing to defend a scrum metres from their try-line.

  22. 38 mins: 
    England women 24-10 New Zealand women

    Joanne Watmore a potent force in the England backline. The 26-year-old centre once again leaving a heap of New Zealand defenders in her wake. Wonderful handling from Gary Street's team and another try seems to loom until the referee blows her whistle for crossing.

  23. 34 mins: 
    CONVERTED TRY (Roz Crowley)- England women 24-10 New Zealand women

    Nathasha Hunt has ajagged dash down the left... England recycle... Heather Fisher attempts to barge her way under the posts, but is thwarted. The ball is spun out to the right to Roz Crowley who dives over and, after conferring with the video referee, Sherry Trumble awards England their fourth try. Emilly Scarratt rubs salt into the New Zealand wounds with a simple conversion.

  24. 31 mins: 
    PENALTY- England women 17-10 New Zealand women

    England are a tad too sluggish when attempting to move away from the tackle and up steps Kelly Brazier. The full-back's effort just about has enough power to go over the bar.

  25. 27 mins: 
    England women 17-7 New Zealand women

    Claire Richardson burst through the midfield and is metres from the whitewash but the Black Ferns aren't as clinical as their rivals, letting an opportunity slip beyond their grasp when they are penalised for coming in at the side.

  26. 23 mins: 
    TRY (Merchant)- England women 17-7 New Zealand women

    England women spin it wide and Katherine Merchant skips past two New Zealand defenders before diving over at the corner. Emily Scarratt fails with the tricky touchline conversion.

  27. 22 mins: 

    Emily Scarratt has the chance to extend England's lead but the full-back's effort doesn't have enough oomph and it ricochets off the uprights and into New Zealand hands.

  28. 20 mins: 
    England women 12-7 New Zealand women

    Heather Fisher once again crashes through the New Zealand defeance and releases the menacing Katherine Merchant who seems to have the try line in sight before the tall centre is stopped in her tracks. The Worcester player releases the ball and watches a team-mate fumble the ball forward with the centimeters from the tryline.

  29. 17mins: 
    TRY (Rawina Everitt)- England women 12-7 New Zealand women

    The game being played at a helter-skelter pace and after being under the cosh for 10 minutes, the Black Ferns up the ante with second-row Rawina Everitt displaying skill and pace which belies her position in the boiler room. Kelly Brazier converts.

  30. 15mins: 
    England women 12-0 New Zealand women

    This contest at Twickenham is perhaps one of the greatest rivalries in sport with the two teams on the pitch by far the best in the women's game. England currently bullying their opponents. Heather Fisher, former British bobsleigher, bursts through a laden-footed New Zealand defence, showing a turn of speed befitting of a former member of the British bobsleigh team. By the way, you can listen to this Test on 5 live sports extra.

  31. 12mins: 
    TRY (Emily Scarratt)- England women 12-0 New Zealand women

    After spending the opening encounter camped inside their own half, a ruthless England are now in the ascendancy. A cute grubber from Katy McLean and full-back Scarratt, almost telepathically, pounces underneath the posts for England's second try of the evening. The full-back converts her own try-scoring effort.

  32. 9 mins: 
    TRY (Katherine Merchant)- England women 5-0 New Zealand women

    Joanna Watmore was the architect of that try. The centre, participating in only her third international, barges through the midfield, leaving black-shirted New Zealanders grabbing at her jersey in vain. The red-headed 26-year-old then releases the supporting Merchant who scampers in at the corner. McLean fails with the conversion.

  33. 4 mins: 
    England women 0-0 New Zealand women

    A promising start by the visitors as a sturdy scrum gives them the perfect platform to attack from inside their own half. The women in black, seeking to avenge the defeat inflicted on their male counterparts you sense, dominating the early stages, spinning the ball wide, but their promising attack comes to nowt as they are penalised at the breakdown and Katy McLean clears the lines.

  34. 1 mins: 

    The home support attempt to drown out the Black Ferns's version of the haka with a rendition of Sweet Chariot. A wry smile from Joanne Watmore as the women line up to face the war dance, which looks and sounds tamer than the male version. Katy McLean kicks off and we're under way.

  35. 1708: 

    England have already won the three-Test series, but will savour completing a clean sweep against their World Cup final conquerors. Incredibly, since Gary Street became head coach of England's women's team in 2007 they have lost only two competitive games.


    The men are understandably celebrating after their wondrous performance against the All Blacks, a victory Matt Dawson describes as "maybe the greatest England victory, ever, at Twickenham."

    "Nothing is springing to mind where they have annihilated the world's best team as they have today," says Dawson on BBC Radio 5 live.

    "England harried, hounded and were just relentless. They said to New Zealand 'we will tackle you wherever you go and then we'll pinch the ball and see if we can live off scraps'. New Zealand cracked.

    "I think I have been to every single England game at Twickenham since I was 14. This was by far the best game I've seen. It's the best performance by an England side considering the opposition and considering what this team has been through, particularly over the last two weeks. Absolutely magnificent - it was an absolutely astonishing performance to win by 17 points."

  37. 1700: 

    England's women have been promoted from the modest surroundings of Aldershot's Army Rugby Stadium, the venue of the Tuesday's 17-8 triumph over the women's world champions, to the slightly more awe-inspiring surroundings of Twickenham. Victory on English rugby's hallowed turf will complete a series whitewash for England's women against a team which beat them in the 2010 World Cup final.

  38. 1654: 

    Time to turn our attention to another north versus south battle featuring the women who inspired Stuart Lancaster's men to victory. Brad Barritt paid tribute to Gary Street's all-conquering women after a magnificent 38-21 victory over the world champions, admitting the men had been buoyed by the two victories their female counterparts had achieved over the Black Ferns this autumn. The majority of the Twickenham faithful have disappeared, but a few thousand have remained to watch what promises be another English victory at HQ.


    Tom Scarlett on Twitter: "England vs New Zealand 38-21. Oooof. Still can't believe it. What a performance. Pure class across the pitch."

    Velcho Aleksandrov on Twitter: "So happy England beat New Zealand! Such a great game."

    Charlie North on Twitter: "England beat NZ and Wales lose to Australia by a last minute try. What could be better?"

  40. 1645: 

    New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: "It's bitterly disappointing. We struggled to get any sort of momentum and England played particularly well - credit to them.

    "You're prepared for a big battle and that's the way it was, they caught us on the hop. They're a good team and they took their chances.

    "Often games are about momentum but we coughed it up at a vital time and they got an interception soon after that.

    "It's disappointing but we'll be back another day."

  41. 1641: 

    England boss Stuart Lancaster: "To put that scoreline on an All Blacks side that good is way beyond what we could have asked for, but we've had the belief all through the week.

    "There was a lot of composure at half-time, real clarity of thought, and that's what's grown over the last few weeks. We've always had the energy and the attitude but today we put the top six inches on.

    "I'm just chuffed for the boys, we've all copped it but we all stayed tight and I'm just pleased they've got their day in the sun."

  42. 1636: 

    England's win is their record victory over the All Blacks. Asked if he could believe it, Robshaw replied: "Not really. I'm sure we'll have couple of quiet ones, it's been a hell of a day."

    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport

    "Wales had control of the game and the defensive organisation was not good enough for the try. Australia took their one last chance. They need to redeem themselves in the Six Nations but have to play a lot better."

  44. 86 mins: 
    FULL-TIME- Wales 12-14 Australia

    There's an eerie silence around the Millennium Stadium before the supporters start applauding Halfpenny from the pitch. Nathan Sharpe brings the curtain down on a glittering international career by attempting the touchline conversion. The lock fails but is still smiling and his team-mates come over to give him a few bear hugs.


    Elle Prince on Twitter: "What a performance!!!"

    Kitchennn on Twitter: "Yes England, history has been made right there!"


    Gavroche Gergaud on Twitter: "Incredible, just incredible #ENGvNZ."

    Becky Willis on Twitter: "Great, great work England!"

  47. 1629: 

    England captain Chris Robshaw: "It's brilliant. We kept ourselves to ourselves this week - we'd been written off but that fuelled the fire a little bit. We stuck to our guns and everyone went out believing we could do it.

    To beat the world champions you need a bit of luck and we had that. We're always building towards something and we won't get too carried away. It's a work in progress but it looks like it's starting to click. It's a great way to finish off the autumn series."


    Matthew Kelcher on Twitter: "Try Australia! Fantastic."

    Phil Bull on Twitter: "Those Aussies just don't know when they are beat."

  49. 79 mins: 
    TRY (Kurtley Beale)- Wales 12-14 Australia

    The Aussies spin it wide and release the clinical Beale who dives into the corner to break Welsh hearts at the death. A battered and bruised Halfpenny is on the floor, needing treatment, but referee Barnes says "it's game over anyway". The full-back needs to be stretchered from the pitch. Aussie players are smiling. Priestland is staring at the floor, shoulders slumped. Everyone is waiting for the conversion.

  50. 79MINS: 
    Wales 12-9 Australia

    A touch of derring-do from the Aussies from their own tryline. The green and gold spin it wide. Berrick Barnes dinks, shimmies, goes for the gap but the Welsh defence is made of the toughest teak and Priestland boots it back into enemy territory. Less than a minute to go. Wales three points to the good... oh the tension.

  51. 77 mins: 
    Wales 12-9 Australia

    Michael Hooper attempts to wriggle forward but the replacement flanker is penalised for not releasing and Priestland teases the crowd, finding touch 5m from the Aussie line when some thought the outside-half had, just as he did last week against the All Blacks, kicked the ball dead. Ken Owens finds his man but the Aussies snatch possession for a scrum 5m from their line.

    England 38-21 New Zealand

    New Zealand are finishing with the fight you'd expect from world champions, but Vito drops the ball with the line at his mercy and they are held up over the line from the very final play. England secure a record win and hand New Zealand their first defeat in 21 games. Astonishing.

  53. 74 mins: 
    Wales 12-9 Australia

    Just under six minutes remaining and another higgledy-piggledy line-out from Wales. A swan-dive of sorts from Kurtley Beale, the Australian faking obstruction, and an irate Brian Moore in the commentary box tells the Ronaldo wannabe to "get up". Wales dominating possession, the home faithful in full song, but the line-out is a worry.

  54. 78 mins: 
    England 38-21 New Zealand

    Brown's drop-goal attempt drifts wide as an England attack comes to a disappointing end. New Zealand launch a searing attack through Victor Vito and look set to go over, but second row Sam Whitelock cannot take the scoring pass.

  55. 74 mins: 
    TRY (Smith, conversion Savea)- England 38-21 New Zealand

    Replacement England prop Mako Vunipola is yellow carded for not retreating at a penalty and playing the man. From the line-out New Zealand attack with pace and Conrad Smith sends Savea over. Replacement Aaron Smith converts.

  56. 70mins: 
    Wales 12-9 Australia

    A canny kick ahead from Mike Phillips and the bouncing ball outfoxes Drew Mitchell and it's a Wales line-out, for what that is worth these days. It's slow ball but at least Gatland's troops win their own ball. Priestland opts for a cute grubber into touch, keeping the Aussies camped inside their own 22.

  57. 72 mins: 
    PENALTY (Burns)- England 38-14 New Zealand

    No mercy from England, Burns lands the penalty, the world has turned on its axis.


    Ben Abell on Twitter: "Christmas has come early for England Rugby."

    JohnLouis Scott on Twitter: "I can't believe what in watching #AllBlacks."

    Gareth Turkington on Twitter: "Pinch me, England comfortably ahead of NZ & Wales beating the Aussies in the rugby. Madness."

  59. 66mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Wales 12-9 Australia

    Halfpenny bravely grabs the ball before an onrushing Aussie tramples all over him. The full-back needs some medical attention before Aussie replacement Mike Harries - the man who kicked that last-minute penalty winner on the summer tour against Wales - fails with a 40m attempt.

  60. 71 mins: 
    England 35-14 New Zealand

    England, who have brought on flurry of replacements including Courtney Lawes, launch their latest assault on the increasingly pallid All Blacks. The forwards batter away in midfield before England sweep the ball right, but Ashton cannot hold Goode's pass and the world champions survive.

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport at Twickenham

    "England have never previously scored this many points against the All Blacks. Current margin dwarfs any winning margin in history."

  62. 68 mins: 
    England 35-14 New Zealand

    England dominant in the scrum, penalty. No points I'm afraid, thought you'd like to know though.

  63. 64mins: 
    Wales 12-9 Australia

    Whistles of appreciation from the supporters as a 50m kick from Liam Williams bobbles into touch. Thunderous roars reverberate around the Millennium Stadium as Australia prepare for a line-out inside their own 22. Stout defence from the Aussies but Wales have their prey in sight, you sense, and Nick Phipps succumbs to the pressure, kicking out on the full to give Wales another line-out. But the hosts' line-out is an eye-watering sight at the moment, with Wales losing possession once again.

  64. 66 mins: 
    PENALTY (Burns)- England 35-14 New Zealand

    England raining in blows now. Debutant Freddie Burns, on as a replacement, scores his first international points with a penalty after a scuttling break from Ben Youngs once again rips apart the All Blacks defence.

    Brian Moore, BBC Sport

    "Wales need Rhys Priestland and others to keep the faith in their ambition around the field, making sure they make the right decision in when to kick and when to hold."

  66. 60mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Wales 12-9 Australia

    The men in red barge forward and Nathan Sharpe, on his swansong, concedes the penalty plum in front of the posts. "Feed me until I want no more," sing the crowd before Halfpenny nonchalantly boots it between the uprights.


    Nick Martin on Twitter: "Choo-choo all aboard the Tuilagi freight train!"

    Sophie G on Twitter: "Gooooooo England #boom."

    Chris Johnson on Twitter: "What. A. Game. Unbelievable."

  68. 58 mins: 
    Wales 9-9 Australia

    The piercing shrill of the Barnes whistle signals that Waves have a penalty and Priestland finds touch. A promising position comes to nothing as Wales's rickety line-out falters, giving the Aussies the chance to boot it into enemy territory. Priestland is back on song, momentum swings Wales's way, as Drew Mitchell flaps at a Priestland high ball and it's a Wales line-out 5m from the Aussie tryline...

  69. 61 mins: 
    TRY (Tuilagi, conversion Farrell)- England 32-14 New Zealand

    They're in ecstasy in West London. Read tries to force a pass, Tuilagi intercepts near halfway and positively ambles the last 20 metres to score. That has to be one of the most astonishing 10 minutes in English rugby history.

    Matt Dawson, Former England rugby international on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a response from England. Manu Tuilagi has taken some stick about his creativy but he has stepped up to the mark there. He brushed his way through New Zealand's defence and Twickenham absolutely erupted when Ashton went over."

  71. 56mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Wales 9-9 Australia

    Jamie Roberts uses up all the bandage in the physio's medical box. Plenty of strapping on the centre's elbow. An unmoveable Wales scrum just inside the Australia half and the visitors are penalised for standing up in the scrum. Cue Halfpenny and cue roars as the full-back retunes his radar and finds the target. Even stevens.

  72. 57 mins: 
    TRY (Ashton, Farrell misses conversion)- England 25-14 New Zealand

    Astonishing scenes at Twickenham. England win quick ball off the top on halfway and Tuilagi smashes his way through Carter, times his pass and Ashton's try drought is over as he races clear. Farrell cannot convert but England are well clear once again. Extraordinary seven minutes.

  73. 52 mins: 
    TRY (Barritt, Farrell misses conversion)- England 20-14 New Zealand

    England are surely doomed, but no-one has bothered to tell them. The hosts attack down the left, Conrad Smith jumps out of the line and Barritt and Tuilagi combine for the former to score. Farrell hits the bar with the conversion attempt.

  74. 52 mins: 
    Wales 6-9 Australia

    Berrick Barnes releases Drew Mitchell and the winger dinks inside before being stopped by the alert Halfpenny. The Wallabies snorting like a dangerous animal... but the visitors turn into a bunch of tame kittens second later, spinning it wide and chucking the ball straight into touch. Australia are then penalised for knock-on. A honeyed platform for Wales, Priestland opts for the chip... Jonathan Davies collects... Wales retain possession.

  75. 50 mins: 
    TRY (Read, Carter conversion)- England 15-14 New Zealand

    Dazzling from the world champions. England survive the first assault but Farrell's clearance kick fails to make touch and the All Blacks counter like bats streaming from a cave, with Read scoring a superb try in the corner. Carter converts from wide out.

  76. 48mins: 
    Wales 6-9 Australia

    Three minutes of aerial ping pong comes to an end when Liam Williams knocks on Kurtley Beale's up-and-under. Turnover Wales, though... Jamie Roberts chips ahead ahead and it's an opportunity missed as the Wallabies advance. Berrick Barnes, sporting a moustache which makes him look as if he should be wearing chaps and dodging rattlesnakes and coyotes in the wild west, attempts a drop goal but it bobbles underneath the posts.

    Matt Dawson, Former England rugby international on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England will need to regroup. There were a couple of missed tackles and they can't afford to make mistakes because New Zealand will punish you."

  78. 47 mins: 
    TRY (Savea, conversion Carter)- England 15-7 New Zealand

    Here come the world champions. England halt the initial drive but Read and McCaw hammer into midfield and when they sweep the ball left, Savea steps off his left and powers through several tacklers to score.

  79. 46 mins: 
    England 15-0 New Zealand

    Here come the world champions. NZ sweep the ball right and Jane makes good ground down the wing into the England 22. Farrell reclaims the ball but goes off his feet, and the visitors kick the ball into touch for an attacking line-out.

  80. 44 mins: 
    England 15-0 New Zealand

    Confidence is flooding through England and they attack from their own 22, Goode side-steps past Carter and links with Youngs, before a knock-on halts a superb attack on the halfway line. Are they sure we're not watching the photographic negative of this match?

  81. 43mins: 
    Wales 6-9 Australia

    Wales seem to have lost their own line-out but the ball bounces in Scott Andrews's favour and the prop rumbles forward. Wales inch forward, Phillips controlling from the base... "Wales! Wales" sing the home fans.. but it's a familiar tale of the men in red losing possession at the breakdown and, in a blink of an eye, they must defend a line-out in their own half.

    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport

    "Wales have got to do exactly the same as the first half. If Leigh Halfpenny hits the holes, they will win this game but they need to be clinical."

  83. 42 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- England 15-0 New Zealand

    New Zealand collapse at the scrum. Farrell eyes the posts with his assassin's gaze. Bang. England more than two converted tries ahead.

  84. 41 mins: 
    Wales 6-9 Australia

    Australia are nearing the end of the longest year in their history, with this match in Cardiff their 16th Test in less than 12 months. Will the tourists tire in the final 40 minutes? Maybe. Wales are perhaps are equally as bone-tired, with Warburton and his troops participating in their 24 international in the past 16 months. If Wales could cut down on the number of penalties they're conceding and continue with their spirit of adventure then... perhaps... just perhaps... Priestland gets the second half under way.

  85. 41 mins: 
    England 12-0 New Zealand

    Sometimes black is white after all - England are dominant and it's the world champion All Blacks who are an error-strewn mess at the moment. Geoff Parling wins England's restart and Morgan hammers on. The lively Tom Youngs again carries into the guts but this time New Zealand win the put-in.

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport at Twickenham

    "Remarkable first half from England. All Blacks unrecognisable. Eng's best 40 mins in an age."


    Ben Burrows on Twitter: "England deservedly lead at the break. Farrell nerveless so far with the boot. Job only half done."

    Charlotte Bilton on Twitter: "Keep it up England. Owen Farrell is amazing!"


    Former Wales captain Martyn Williams on BBC One: "The first 10 minutes, the writing was on the wall with Australia dominating. It is frustrating we have had to wait a fortnight for the Wales backline to come alight.

    "The only thing missing has been a try. Leigh Halfpenny has been outstanding today as he has been throughout the tournament. The Aussies will tire in the last 20 minuets, if we can finish the moves then we will be fine."

    Brian Moore, BBC Sport

    "Leigh Halfpenny has been more positive today for the first time in a long time. He is varying the width of the game, the Wales backline are potent when he is playing well."

  90. 40mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Wales 6-9 Australia

    The Aussies are guilty of not releasing from the tackle, giving Halfpenny - 30m from in front of the posts - the chance to restore parity with the last kick of the half. The full-back removes some turf from his boots, closes his eyes for a second, takes a deep breath... and boots his effort wide of the post for his first miss of the afternoon. Groans from the home fans and the players trudge off for a breather.


    Saidmadrid on Twitter: "Superb first half by England showing commitment and bravery and finding yet to be discovered gaps in the All Blacks defence."

    Ian Robertson, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "England have dominated the whole of the first half. They are thumping New Zealand. The All Blacks have not got into gear and have not come near any score apart from two missed penalties from Carter."

    Matt Dawson, Former England rugby international on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is as close as you will see to perfection from England. Absolutely brilliant. It's such an enthralling match and the crowd are on their feet as the players run off."

  94. 39 mins: 
    Wales 6-9 Australia

    Wales have enjoyed 52% of possession, which is some feat considering Australia dominated the first 10 minutes, but they are losing the battle in the breakdown. Wild roars from the Aussies as a promising period of play from Wales ends when Aaron Shingler is penalised for not releasing.

    HALF-TIME- England 12-0 New Zealand

    Farrell's penalty sneaks over from distance and England are in a winter wonderland at a chilly Twickenham. Ferocious at the breakdown, accurate at the line-out and fired up all round the pitch, they're well worth their sizeable half-time lead over the world champions. They couldn't, could they?

  96. 40 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- England 12-0 New Zealand
  97. 37mins: 
    PENALTY (Beale)- Wales 6-9 Australia

    A bit of aerial ping pong which comes to an end when the much-maligned Priestland kicks the ball straight into touch. A wry smile from the outside-half who admitted earlier this week that he has turned to a psychologist in an attempt to boost his confidence. A short, sharp shrill from Barnes again as the referee deems Jamie Roberts to be too sluggish in moving his body from the tackle and Beale kicks his third penalty.

  98. 39 mins: 
    England 9-0 New Zealand

    The white shirts are sweeping forwards like an avalanche at the moment and they win yet another penalty. Very similar field position to the fateful call last week, Robshaw again points to the posts. No disagreement from the crowd this time.

  99. 38 mins: 
    DROP-GOAL (Farrell)- England 9-0 New Zealand

    England are edging both territory and possession and New Zealand face going in pointless at the break for the first time this millennium. England's line-out is working well - big credit to tyro hooker Tom Youngs - and they sweep forwards once more, New Zealand fall offside and Farrell pings over a 30m drop-goal.

  100. 33 mins: 
    Wales 6-6 Australia

    There's blood seeping from Wycliffe Palau's ear after a crunching (some would say high) shoulder charge on hooker Matthew Rees. Wayne Barnes consults with his touch judge and they both conclude a penalty will suffice. A cut ear perhaps enough of a lesson for the Aussie number eight. Wales attacking with verve, but continuing to concede possession when in a promising position.

  101. 35 mins: 
    England 6-0 New Zealand

    England on the front foot now with Tom Youngs prominent, bullocking his way forwards. Farrell nearly puts Tuilagi through a gap but the ball pinballs around and New Zealand win the put-in at a scrum.

  102. 31mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Beale)- Wales 6-6 Australia

    Jamie Roberts barges through his opposite number and the hosts are on the front foot... The lively Liam Williams tries to wriggle his way through the Aussie defence, but Ben Robinson stops the young winger in his tracks and the Scarlets speedster is penalised for not releasing. The visitors work their way into Wales's half and earn another penalty with Warburton this time the sinner in red. There's 43m between Beale and the posts and it proves to be too tough a task for the 20-year-old.

  103. 32 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- England 6-0 New Zealand

    Farrell drills the ball over from wide on the right. From the restart Read is penalised for taking out Launchbury as he tries to secure the restart kick. England kick deep, they're back in AB territory.

  104. 31 mins: 
    England 3-0 New Zealand

    Ben Youngs chips forward and as Dagg tries to run the ball out of his 22, Launchbury and Wood envelop him. Wood gets over the ball, penalty England.

  105. 30 mins: 
    England 3-0 New Zealand

    England are really getting stuck into the All Blacks at the breakdown and prop Dan Cole turns the ball over as Aaron Smith tries to snipe inside England's 22. Brad Barritt kicks deep but the visitors counter-attack and Israel Dagg knocks on as England press. Really good play from the hosts.

  106. 26mins: 
    PENALTY (Beale)- Wales 6-6 Australia

    Halfpenny errors from the kick-off, much to Brian Moore's dismay in the commentary box. The former hooker muttering something about the full-back not knowing the rules. Halfpenny's punishment is to watch Beale level the scores.

  107. 25 mins: 
    Wales 6-3 Australia

    Oh la la! There's a certain joie de vivre in Wales's play. Halfpenny shimmies and jinks through a phalanx of Australia defenders. The full-back chips ahead for Toby Faletau to chase... the vociferous fans urge their men on... but the desperate Aussie defence holds strong and after consultation with the video referee, Wayne Barnes informs a disgruntled crowd there was no try.

  108. 27 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Carter)- England 3-0 New Zealand

    Carter's kicking like a swingometer - this one misses to the left. Shocked fans around the ground, especially those in Black.

    Brian Moore, BBC Sport

    "The good thing from the Welsh point of view is they are not facing than Australian side resplendent with the talent of players such as David Campese, but they are still very capable."

  110. 25 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- Englland 3-0 New Zealand

    Farrell bisects the sticks to put England head, but Keiran Read wins the restart for the visitors and Ben Morgan infringes.

  111. 24 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    England launch a sweeping attack and Goode feeds Chris Ashton with a glimpse of the line but the ball pops loose as the defenders catch his eye. No matter, the ref was playing advantage and Farrell will go for goal.

  112. 23 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Wales 6-3 Australia

    Gatland's men are ragged in the line-out but the ball finds Phillips. Wales work it out to Priestland, who opts for a delightful chip over the defence with the ball falling favourably for the onrushing Liam Williams. The men in red have momentum and David Pocock - playing his first match of the tour - is penalised in the ruck, giving Halfpenny another sniff at goal. The full-back is as reliable as ever from 30m and cue a number of Welsh flags being waved frantically by smiling home fans.

  113. 22 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    England win the line-out and drive forwards in a maul. It comes briefly to a halt, referee Clancy calls "use it", and although England get things rumbling forwards once again Ben Youngs can't retrieve the ball and it's put-in to New Zealand at a scrum. Tom Wood charges down Aaron Smith's kick but the visitors eventually clear their lines.


    Former Wales captain Martyn Williams on BBC One: "The Aussies have started well with lots of variation and kicking well. Wales need to hold their own and get some possession on that ball."

  115. 19 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Wales 3-3 Australia

    Whatever you can do, Mr Beale, I can do just as well - if not better, says Leigh Halfpenny. You can hear the thud as Halfpenny's boot makes contact with the ball. His effort sails between the uprights to restore parity in a game which, you sense, is about to burst into life.

  116. 19 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    Quick hands from Israel Dagg give Jane the chance to attack down the right. The wing flips the ball back inside but Aaron Smith's chip is easily read and England clear their lines. England then win a penalty at a scrum and Farrell makes good ground into the AB 22.

  117. 16mins: 
    PENALTY (Beale)- Wales 0-3 Australia

    Wales's brief flourish comes to nothing and Gatland's men are once again on the wrong side of referee Barnes's whistle. Kurtley Beale takes aim at the posts from inside his own half. The outside-half looks at the enormous task before him, worries not - giving the ball an almighty boot.

  118. 14 mins: 
    Wales 0-0 Australia

    A rock-solid scrum from Wales and they embark on an ambitious and brave move from their own try line. Mike Phillips feeds Roberts and the Lions centre releases Alex Cuthbert who gallops down the wing before being forcibly ejected into touch at the halfway line. An adventurous foray which had the home fans singing. The men in red have some fire in their belly...

    Matt Dawson, Former England rugby international on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That penalty miss from Carter was down to pressure. The Kiwis are feeling the pressure from England. They know they have a proper game on their hands."

  120. 15 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Carter)- England 0-0 New Zealand

    I don't quite know how to tell you this AB fans, but all-time leading Test points scorer Carter has missed from pretty much in front of the sticks. Big let-off for England.

  121. 14 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    Savea hammers into midfield for the ABs but they start going backwards under pressure and Brown just fails to intercept. From the scrum Carter breaks left but Tuilagi hauls down Ma'a Nonu. New Zealand switch play back into midfield and prop Alex Corbisiero is penalised for lazy running and impeding Aaron Smith as he tries to get the ball away from the base of a ruck

  122. 11 mins: 
    Wales 0-0 Australia

    It's a disjointed start from Wales. Adam Andrews penalised in the scrum and Beale turns the screw by finding touch 5m from Wales's line-out. Hooker Tatafu Polota Nau finds Stephen Higginbotham. The Australian forwards rumble... before Jamie Roberts steals possession with a wonderful tackle.


    D T McCormick on Twitter: "Come on Engales! Hoping for victory over Newstralia to make all us northern hemisphere rugby fans looks less pathetic."

  124. 10 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    New Zealand look to launch their runners at England, with powerful winger Savea linking with Aaron Smith for his first carry, but the hosts' defence holds firm and New Zealand are offside when Carter attempts a chip for winger Cory Jane.

  125. 9 mins: 
    Wales 0-0 Australia

    Referee Barnes blows his whistle, and this time it's Australia who have erred. Priestland finds touch, but Australia steal line-out and attack from deep... Adam Ashley-Cooper making Rhys Prisetland look like a novice, running through Wales's beleaguered outside-half. The centre gallops ahead, it seems a try could beckon until Cooper is penalised for a forward pass. Phew, say the Welsh fans. By the way, Charteris trotted back onto the pitch before that line-out.

    Matt Dawson, Former England rugby international on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Credit to England for the way they have started. They have rattled New Zealand early on but New Zealand have seen this all before and know how to soak this pressure up. The difference in execution will determine who will win this match."

  127. 9 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    Manu Tuilagi hammers into midfield but New Zealand win a penalty and kick to touch inside England's 22 to set up a position for their first attack.

  128. 7 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    Farrell misses touch with a penalty but England come again and New Zealand are forced to kick to touch. It's frenetic stuff from the hosts but they are not letting New Zealand settle.

  129. 7 mins: 
    Wales 0-0 Australia

    The visitors dominating early possession. A cute chip from Berrick Barnes behind the inexperienced Liam Williams, but the Scarlets youngster - despite a slip - finds Leigh Halfpenny, who kicks downfield. Australia advance once again, earn a penalty but opt for touch. Solid set piece and Nick Phipps goes sniping down the blindside.

  130. 5 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    England win an attacking line-out inside the New Zealand 22 but the All Blacks prevent the hosts from getting the ball to ground and win the put-in at a scrum. New Zealand kick deep but Mike Brown returns it in style, beating three men before Farrell kicks deep. Good signs for the hosts.

  131. 3 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Wales 0-0 Australia

    Leigh Halfpenny finds touch in opposition territory, but the Wallabies take it quickly and recycle patiently, making sure Wales don't get a sniff. Luke Charteris is receiving attention on the halfway line and the groggy lock makes way for Ryan Jones. An early casualty in the Welsh platoon. Australia have a penalty after Matthew Rees is penalised for not releasing, but Kurtley Beale's effort wobbles wide of the uprights.

  132. 2 mins: 
    England 0-0 New Zealand

    England switch the ball into midfield and Tom Youngs carries well before Launchbury rumbles down the right. Owen Farrell kicks deep and that's a solid start from the hosts.

  133. 1 min: 
    KICK-OFF- England 0-0 New Zealand

    Carter kicks-off to the right, Joe Launchbury gathers and England go on the attack.

  134. 1 min: 
    KICK-OFF- Wales 0-0 Australia

    Anthems over with in Cardiff. The pitch-side flames have died down. Referee Wayne Barnes places the whistle in his mouth and Kurtley Beale gets the game under way, kicking down the throat of the reliable Alex Cuthbert.


    Talking Sport on Twitter: "Carter needs to be stopped, but focus too much on him and others will hurt you. England need a performance from 2003 today."

  136. 1434: 

    In Richie McCaw and Carter New Zealand have men who are both national icons and living rugby greats - Carter the all-time leading points-scorer in Test rugby, McCaw the man with the greatest number of Test wins of any player in history.

    Between them they have won 208 caps - that's two more than England's entire starting XV. McCaw has also won three times as many Tests (102) as England's most capped starting player, prop Dan Cole, has even played (34). The Twickenham crowd meets the challenge of the haka with a rendition of Swing Low, here we go.


    Former Wales captain Martyn Williams on BBC One: "Wales have been lacking in self belief and have not been able to get over the line from winning positions. David Pocock returning today for Australia will be a huge factor. He will give them that extra energy. Hopefully, Sam [Warburton] can build on his performance from last week."


    OptaJim on Twitter: "21 - Jonny Wilkinson's haul of 21 (1T 2C 3P 1D) in Nov 2002 is the only time an England player has scored over 20 points v New Zealand. Job."

  139. 1428: 

    There's a man in the Millennium Stadium with a red dragon on his head. Some sort of hat, I imagine. What he lacks for sartorial elegance he makes up for with enthusiasm. Nathan Sharpe, making his final appearance in the green and gold, jogs onto the turf on his own to warm applause and pyrotechnics go off around the pitch in preparation of the hosts' emergence from the tunnel. Fireworks over in Twickenham, too. Chris Robshaw on the pitch, rubbing his hands, before lining up for the anthems.


    Shane O'Neill on Twitter: "Lydiate has been a huge loss to Wales! Disruption to the make up of a top notch back row."

    Tristan on Twitter: "Got to fancy Australia after the shocking rugby the Welsh have played in these Autumn Internationals."

  141. 1423: 

    Wales coach Warren Gatland: "It is important for confidence and to go into the Six Nations to get a win. We need to start well and build on the second-half performance against New Zealand. The players need to play with the ability they have, and with a smile on their faces. Not many teams dominate the All Blacks like we did in the second half."

  142. 1421: 

    How can Farrell and his team-mates stop the all-powerful Carter. In fact, how can England beat the All Blacks? Former England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott has come up with a plan. "Cough the ball up against New Zealand, especially in your own half and from turnovers, and they will rip you to shreds," says Guscott rather ominously.

    Over in Cardiff, Wales face an almost equally difficult task against Australia and Bryn Palmer has picked out five reasons why the hosts have to win.

  143. 1418: 

    Statistics show Carter's attacking prowess engulfs that of his opposite number Farrell. "Tell me something I don't know," I hear some of you mutter. Well, perhaps you don't know that so far this year, while wearing the All Black jersey, Carter has made nine clean breaks (Farrell has made one for England), beaten 16 defenders (Farrell has evaded one) and offloaded 10 times (Farrell has managed one offload). New Zealand's metronome also has seven try assists and managed 59 carries. Not bad, not bad at all.

  144. 1417: 

    Jonathan Davies has just described Dan Carter as the best out-side half in the world. Starting in Carter's position of fly-half in the white of England will be Owen Farrell, one of the four best players in the world according to the International Rugby Board. The 21-year-old's appearance on the four-man player of the year shortlist surprised many, with one Welsh journalist describing the nomination as a "bigger mystery than Who Shot JR". The Saracens outside-half, replacing the injured Toby Flood, has the perfect opportunity to show the doubters he deserves to be recognised alongside the best.

  145. 1415: 

    Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, J. Davies, Roberts, L. Williams, Priestland, Phillips, Jenkins, Rees, Andrews, Robinson, Charteris, Shingler, Warburton, Faletau. Replacements: Owens, Bevington, Lee, R. Jones, Tipuric, Knoyle, Biggar, S. Williams.

    Australia: Barnes, Cummins, Ashley-Cooper, Tapuai, Mitchell, Beale, Phipps, Robinson, Polota-Nau, Alexander, Douglas, Sharpe, Higginbotham, Pocock, Palu. Replacements: Moore, Slipper, Kepu, Dennis, Hooper, McKibbin, Harris, Ioane.

    Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)

  146. 1413: 

    If visually the lilywhites of England and the All Blacks of New Zealand are the ying and yang of world rugby, they are also proof it is not a world that lives in balance. England have only won six of their 34 meetings and the last time they beat the All Blacks was nearly 10 years ago, with the famous six-man goalline stand from the pack setting up a 15-13 win in Wellington in 2003.

    England go into the game on the back of defeats - albeit narrow - by the two other southern hemisphere giants. New Zealand will stride out at Twickenham as world champions and unbeaten in their past 20 Tests. On paper, it shouldn't even be close…

    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport

    "Wales have a way of playing which is bash, bash, bash down the middle and if that does not work, then there is no alternative. It is rather stagnant at the moment."

  148. 1411: 

    If you already know the plot to any of today's games - or even if you don't - feel free to tweet your thoughts and musings using the hashtag #bbcrugby or text 81111.

  149. 1409: 

    England: Goode, Ashton, Tuilagi, Barritt, Brown, Farrell, B. Youngs, Corbisiero, T. Youngs, Cole, Launchbury, Parling, Wood, Robshaw, Morgan. Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Lawes, Haskell, Care, Burns, Joseph.

    New Zealand: Dagg, Jane, C. Smith, Nonu, Savea, Carter, A. Smith, Woodcock, Mealamu, O. Franks, Retallick, S. Whitelock, Messam, McCaw, Read. Replacements: Coles, Crockett, Faumuina, Romano, Vito, Weepu, Cruden, B. Smith.

    Referee: Nigel Owen (WRFU)

  150. 1408: 

    The rugby drama will unfold on the BBC. There's live commentary of England versus New Zealand on BBC Radio 5 live and online (you can watch highlights between 19:00 and 20:00 GMT on BBC Three this evening).

    John Inverdale is over in Cardiff, presenting live coverage of Wales's tussle with Australia on BBC One/HD, mobiles and online, while there's also commentary on Radio Wales. We hopefully don't need to tell you that we'll cater for your live text commentary needs.

    And there will a bonus commentary on England women's match against New Zealand from 16:45 GMT on Radio 5 live sports extra (and an online commentary too).

  151. 1404: 

    There have been plenty of twists and turns ahead of England's ding-dong with New Zealand, too. All but two members of New Zealand's squad spent part of their week - in the words of All Blacks number eight Kieran Read - on a "guided tour of the bathrooms" after being struck down by diarrhoea and vomiting. There has been good news for coach Steve Hansen, though, with the return of the world's best outside-half, Dan Carter, to the starting line-up proving to be the perfect tonic for the queasy men in black.


    Joe Griffiths on Twitter: "Forget the stats, if England play to THEIR strengths, do the basics well and are more clinical, AB's could be in for a game."

  153. 1357: 

    The question avid viewers of the Welsh rugby soap opera want to know is: How will the final episode of the autumn series end? Will Wales continue on their downslide and slump to a seventh loss on the trot, leaving their followers looking as glum as the residents of Albert Square? Or will there be a happy ending, with the World Cup semi-finalists ending their worst run in nine years and securing a place in the top eight of the world rankings? There's only one way to find out, we'll have to tune in.

  154. 1352: 

    Who knows how the day will unfold but one thing is for sure, the next few hours won't be without drama. Earlier this week, scrum-half Mike Phillips described Welsh rugby as "crazy - like EastEnders". The doof-doof-dum-dum cliffhanger for the Grand Slam champions came after last week's defeat against New Zealand, when Warren Gatland's team learned they will drop out of the top eight in the world rankings - and be in the third tier of seeds for the 2015 World Cup draw - if they lose against Australia. For some, and only for some, it is a narrative to equal Dirty Den divorcing Angie on Christmas Day.

  155. 1349: 

    Perhaps a warm glow will emanate from Twickenham with Chris Robshaw and his men managing to achieve the unlikeliest of victories against world champions New Zealand, or maybe Wales will add a little sunshine to proceedings by beating one of the southern hemisphere giants for the first time since they triumphed over this afternoon's opponents in 2008.

  156. 1345: 

    And so, here we are, on the first day of winter. The wettest summer in a 100 years behind us. The coldest winter in a century awaiting us. Our socks still sopping from the floods and Jack Frost already knocking at our door. In the words of Wales captain Sam Warburton: Enough is enough. Oh for something, anything, to cheer the heart and warm the cockles on this crisp winter's day.

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