England made use of this attacking weapon in the driving Twickenham rain
SOME PEOPLE bemoan the lack of mauls from the England national team these days. Well, they answered those critics with an emphatic, powerful driving maul that saw skipper Dylan Hartley go over for a try from over ten metres out.
Have a look at their moves here…
The All Blacks would go on to win the contest 16-15 and there was a hint of controversy at the end of the match too.
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However, the maul was a moment that brought a full-capacity Twickenham to their feet – particularly when backs Owen Farrell and Henry Slade sprinted over to join the shunting play.
The All Blacks defence splintered and French referee Jerome Garces had to scuttle round the edges to get to the mass of bodies and award Hartley the five-pointer.
The move all began when New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett was found to be offside after catching a knock-on from full-back Damian McKenzie. England kicked to touch.
From the resulting line-out lock Maro Itoje rose above the rest to claim the throw – despite the driving Twickenham rain – and instantly transferred the ball to Hartley, with forwards folding around him as they built the driving maul.
England attempted to drive mauls again in the second half, however they were unable to generate the same momentum as they did with the score that took them 15-0 ahead of the visitors.
The initial try-scorer, skipper Hartley, would not reappear for the second half, having been substituted at half-time for Saracens No 2 Jamie George. However, England would go on to lose five lineouts to the All Blacks in the second half.
After the match England head coach Eddie Jones said that substitution was made due to Hartley struggling with a thumb injury.