Barritt shines in great English win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 3 Dec 2012 at 10:11
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England stunned the rugby world in Saturday in surging to a record win over the All Blacks at Twickenham. It was the English midfield, superbly marshalled by Sharks old boy Bradley Barritt, that did most of the damage, carving open the Kiwi defence three times in the second half to put the result beyond doubt.

Going into the game, the English had only ever beaten New Zealand on six previous occasions, with a 13-point win back in the 1930’s their biggest in history. Saturday’s 38-21 triumph was thus a special moment indeed for Chris Robshaw and his team, who were under pressure (along with their coaches) after two home losses to Australia and South Africa. This notwithstanding All Black complaints about tummy bugs and the like – funny how they often like to blame their losses on digestive difficulties…

Under-fire pivot Owen Farrell, whose inclusion on the IRB Player of the Year shortlist during the week made him the subject of ridicule, rose to the occasion splendidly in his first start of the Autumn campaign and was the architect of a 12-0 half-time lead, which was stretched to 15-0 shortly after the break. The All Black, true to form, looked like overturning that, via a spate of brilliance that saw first winger Julian Savea and then number 8 Kieran Reid score tries within five minutes of each other, to reduce the deficit to just a single point.

It was Barritt and fellow centre Manu Tuilagi, though, who then stepped in to seal the result for England. Scoring a try apiece to sandwich a great effort from winger Chris Ashton, (also set up by Tuilagi), before you knew it, England’s midfield had humbled their far-more-illustrious foes in black and had brought their side out to an unassailable-seeming, 32-14 lead. Two penalties from the boot of replacement pivot Freddie Burns , on test debut, saw the All Blacks staring down the barrel of a record hiding, before a late rally led to the consolation of Savea’s second try.

England (38):
Tries: Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Manu Tualagi.
Conversion: Owen Farrell.
Penalties: Farrell (4), Freddie Burns (2).
Drop goal: Farrell.

New Zealand (21):
Tries: Julian Savea (2), Keiran Read.
Conversions: Dan Carter (2), Aaron Cruden.


  • I completely forgot that New Zealand were playing the English this weekend. Congrats to England!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.12.12 10:16:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The Poms managed to do against the AB’s what we haven’t been able to do against ANY side this year – scored from a first-phase set move in the backline.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.12.12 11:14:31 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Awesome game to watch was lovely to see all blacks in a panic under the post after the 2nd try by england :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.12.12 11:23:31 by Poisy Reply
  • @rhineshark (Comment 2) : and yet the oke who architected it wasn’t good enough to play for us 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.12.12 11:56:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    ONE good performance doesn’t make a season! 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.12.12 12:19:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : I’d take one win against the All Blacks… we still don’t have one of those under Mr Meyer

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.12.12 12:46:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I’d rather take one win over England than a 20 game unbeaten run ending in decimation at the hands of England. 😈

    Barrit made supporting England that little bit easier. Tuilagi also caught NZ napping, they obviously under estimated him (and everyone else on that English team)

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.12.12 15:45:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : haha mate… maybe I should introduce you to some English people that might change your mind

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.12.12 16:28:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Mike Brown also played out of his skin.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.12.12 16:54:12 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I’ve never seen the kiwis get bullied like that on a rugby pitch; it was beautfiul to watch them fumbling around, even better to see their confusion while standing underneath the posts.

    The English backs were great. Physical, fast and direct.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.12.12 20:38:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Result of the Year :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.12.12 22:41:21 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 2) : I blame JDV for that

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.12.12 09:21:38 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 12) : Me too. Tim Whitehead would do a much better job.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.12.12 10:02:10 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 13) : so true

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.12.12 10:48:09 by Uli Reply
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  • So Barrit found his nut eventually. 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.12.12 14:53:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Neither Jake nor Div seemed to rate young Barritt.

    Surely there has to be a reason why! 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.12.12 14:55:47 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Average players in RSA don’t retire they move to Europe and look good.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.12.12 14:57:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Because Barritt is only better than ONE of our current crop of centers. The other 57 are way better than Barritt.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.12.12 15:01:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : 😯 don’t say that on this site, you might get a ban hammer from the all mighty 😉 hehe

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.12.12 15:45:26 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 19) : oh come on… if I was going to ban KSA for making stupid statements, he’d have been gone long ago 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.12.12 19:22:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : :mrgreen: 😛 😛

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.12.12 19:49:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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