Jones upbeat despite All Blacks defeat

All Blacks centre Jack Goodhue joined the squad in London after recovering from glandular fever

GETTY IMAGESAll Blacks centre Jack Goodhue joined the squad in London after recovering from glandular fever

"Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes it doesn't", said Jones.

"They'll have gained a lot of confidence from their win over South Africa and be keen to make a statement in front of their passionate Twickenham home crowd".

New Zealand team v England: D McKenzie; B Smith, J Goodhue, S B Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; K Tu'inukuafe, C Taylor, O Franks, S Whitelock, B Retallick, L Squire, A Savea, K Read (cap). However the TMO, Marius Jonker, deemed Courtney Lawes to be offside when he charged down TJ Perenara's kick.

"There was no doubt he (Lawes) is offside".

But while the TMO call was the match-deciding part of the game's narrative, it should not define it.

Long-range kick specialist Elliot Daly's penalty then set up a lineout just 10 metres from the New Zealand tryline. The All Blacks looked rattled as England leapt into a 15-0 lead.

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England head into this weekend's clash with wing Chris Ashton, one of the most prolific try-scorers in the game, back in their starting side for the first time in four years.

With Hartley off injured, the decision was purely Farrell's.

The All Black flyhalf then dropped his first goal in 71 tests to close to within two points early in the second half. They were superb and finished well.

New Zealand almost caught England cold right at the start of the second half before wing Rieko Ioane dropped a pass from scrumhalf Aaron Smith with a try beckoning.

"New Zealand generally run away from teams in that area and they couldn't".

They came to see Beaudy's black magic - they left in awe of Brodie's dark arts, writes the Observer's Gerard Meagher. He was physical, abrasive and had an engine which went the full 80.

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"It's great to see him running around in training".

Jamie George replaced co-captain Hartley for the second half and the All Blacks wiped out the hosts' lead through a drop goal from Barrett and a penalty following the Saracens hooker's stray line-out.

So, what did the Lions get right that England must try to replicate on Saturday? If we'd kept going for another five minutes, we would've got them.

The Kiwis rank sixth out of the nine teams in accuracy, landing 74.18 per cent of their conversions - well ahead of England, who despite leading the way in points kicked per game, are last in accuracy at 70.42 per cent.

But they did cut England's lead to two points when Barrett landed a drop-goal - his first at this level. Kyle Sinckler and Sam Underhill were particularly impressive with their tackling. So if you have got half of it missing, you can't wipe your eye and it could affect your eyesight long term. "We're prepared to stay in the fight so we will get some love further down the track".

For all of that, the All Blacks proved once again why they are the finest side on the planet. They have allowed just 6.2 visits per game to their own 22, meaning they have crossed that line 55 per cent more often than their opponents. That's the mark of a side who will go to the World Cup as clear favourites.

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