Sunday, November 30, 2008
Two second half Mils Muliana tried helped New Zealand pile on the points as they claimed a 32-6 victory over an error-stream England at Twickenham on Saturday. The win meant that theyve now achieved a Grand Slam over all the four home nations, a feat not achieved since 2005, and before that, 1978.
The achieved the clean sweep without conceding a try, with this win over the English being their biggest winning margin since the 41-20 success of two years ago.
England started off far more competitive than they had been in their previous defeats to Australia and South Africa, but a errors were their main downfall, as they gave away penalties a plenty, and had four players sent to the sinbin.
Dan Carter kicked four out of his six attempts on goal in the first half as New Zealand went into halftime with a 12-3 lead.
England fullback Delon Armitage coolly slotted a pentalty to reduce the deficit to six, but Muliaina went over in the corner with 20 minutes to go a sign of what was to come.
Ten minutes later Carter miraculously chipped the ball in the All Black fullbacks hands for his second try in the same corner. Whether it was a shank or a piece of brilliance, the intention was there and the result was the same.
Centre Maa Nonu scored his third try in three weeks which Carter converted, ending on 17 points despite having a less than impressive day with the boot. His five missed kicks proved inconsequential as New Zealand walked away with a convincing win, once again highlighting why theyre the top side in world rugby at the moment.