Carling, Tindall & more: Twitter reacts as All Blacks beat England
Will Carling and Mike Tindall tweet their thoughts after New Zealand are 28-27 winners against England to claim series
England talked a good game ahead of the second Test of the Steinlager Series with New Zealand, but after taking a 10-0 lead the All Blacks ran in three second-half tries from Ben Smith, Julian Savea and Ma’a Nonu to turn around the contest.
The All Blacks conceded two late tries to Mike Brown and Chris Ashton to make the scoreline 28-27, but it was far from an even contest as the world champions ran riot in the first 30 minutes of the second half.
Here are a selection of the best reaction on Twitter after a pulsating Test match in Dunedin.
All Blacks number 8 Jerome Kaino (@jeromekaino) reacts to a win in a landmark game for him: “Awesome to get the win tonight and play my 50th with the brothers also @maavelous 90th, @liammessam”
Former England centre Mike Tindall (@miketindall13) picks up on some cracks in Stuart Lancaster’s charm offensive: “Really like @tomwood678 interview, honest, no excuses. Thought Lancaster gave too many excuses.”
Former Harlequins and England centre Will Carling (@willcarling) gives his damning verdict: “Score line flatters England. great character & intent by them, but lack of precision, skill & awareness let them down. Big learning curve”
Never one to miss a chance to tweet, former newspaper editor and CNN anchor Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) provides unique insight into what he witnessed this morning: “Credit to England – fought back hard. Not a spanking in the end, more a mild leathering. #NZvENG”
Harlequins forward Nick Easter (@nick_easter) is impressed with New Zealand and their backs: “Tuilagi offload! Too little too late. Saw why NZ are best side. Ramped it up second half and no side could live with that … Ben Smith MoM but te other Smith, Conrad is the glue in the backline. Topclass and they miss him more than any other back when not playing”
Former Scarlets, Wales and British and Irish Lions number 8 turned Sky Sports pundit Scott Quinnell (@ScottQuinnell) is also full of praise for the All Blacks: “England push NZ close in the end but All blacks 30 mins after half time different class. Now heading to the studio for SA v Wales. #Believe”