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ANALYSIS:From the opening whistle to the last, this was an All Blacks effort littered with errors as the defending champions crashed out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The 19-7 result wasn’t just a loss, it was an embarrassment at times and the All Blacks were lucky to restrict it to that, such was their lack of performance and composure.
A supremely confident and clinical English side hustled and bustled the All Blacks into mistakes that increased as desperation crept in.
There was an inevitability about this result early. The body language of the two teams showed that.
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Here are five key moments that contributed heavily to the All Blacks’ defeat in Yokohama on another black night in New Zealand’s long history of delight and despair at rugby’s showpiece tournament.
Manu Tuilagi scores inside two minutes
The All Blacks started cold and paid an instant price as England cleverly switched kickers and caught the Kiwis by surprise. Richie Mo’unga fell off a tackle and England then used power and precision to punch their way up the middle, creating a ruck close to the All Blacks posts where they offered no defence around the fringes for Tuilagi to get probably the easiest – and most important – try of his test career. Starting was always going to be crucial and this remained the only try of a first half where the All Blacks were just hanging on with some dogged defence and help from the TMO. This was an indicator of things to come as the New Zealand defensive effort by the fo
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