Updated: Saturday, 14 June 2014 18:29 | By Agence France-Presse

All Blacks' second-half revival seals 28-27 win over England

The All Blacks pulled off a remarkable second half turnaround to down England 28-27 in the second Test in Dunedin on Saturday and wrap up the series with a game to spare. 


All Blacks' second-half revival seals 28-27 win over England

New Zealand's Conrad Smith is tackled by England's Geoff Parling during the second Test match in Dunedin, on June 14, 2014 - by Marty Melville

The one-point margin was not a clear indication of what occurred between the two teams after the All Blacks had raced to a 28-13 lead before letting England in for two late tries. 

After a woeful first half by the New Zealand team, in which they trailed 6-10 by half time, they shifted up several gears in the second session. 

They needed a colossal improvement after their untidy first Test win and when it came England had no answer. 

The All Blacks took control up front for the first time in the series and their confidence visibly grew as they ran in three tries before England's late response. 

Ben Smith was the All Blacks everywhere man. In the first half when everything was going wrong he was always a danger and in the second half he scored the first try and featured in the other two. 

The close-marking England had the game in the palm of their hand in the first 40 minutes, and bolstered by the arrival of their senior cavalry they forced the world champions into another stumbling performance. 

The game took on a familiar feel as the All Blacks attempted to attack, turned the ball over and England kicked them deep into defensive territory. 

From there, England challenged the All Blacks through the middle as they fought to turn around the gut-wrenching 20-15 loss of a week ago in the first Test. 

They struck early as the All Blacks, in signs of being over eager, coughed up penalties with alarming regularity. 

Colin Farrell slotted a three-pointer and then converted Marlon Yarde's try when the left wing came off his line to break through a McCaw tackle for a try to lead 10-0 after seven minutes.

The All Blacks meanwhile squandered try-scoring chances with a mixture of dropped passes and poor option taking leaving Aaron Cruden to slot two penalties to narrow the gap to four points at half-time. 

But the floodgates opened early in the second half with Cruden setting big winger Julian Savea away down the left flank with Smith on hand to finish off the move.

Cruden's conversion had the All Blacks in front for the first time at 13-10 before Farrell equalised with another penalty for England.

In the following 15 minutes the game belonged to the All Blacks as they attacked England from all angles and drove home their new found dominance. 

Savea crashed over down the left side for the, Ma'a Nonu scored in the right corner while Cruden and replacement Beauden Barrett slotted the goals. 

England came back into the game with tries to Mike Brown and Chris Ashton which were both converted by Farrell on the stroke of full time.

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