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But the first try was not without its controversy as the television match official had to study the video to see if Gear had touched down in the corner or if he had been put into the touch by Chris Ashton’s tackle.
But the try was given and Dan Carter – who had missed an earlier penalty – kicked the extras for a 17 minute 7-0 lead.
And they doubled their lead three minutes later when Read bulldozed over from close range after Gear had been held up near to the line.
Toby Flood opened England’s account with a penalty, but the home crowd was left seething after watching their side fail to make the most of huge overlap shortly after.
A successful kick from Carter restored their 14-point advantage, before Flood was guilty of missing a very achievable kick after good work from the England front five.
And England threatened to reduce the deficit just before the interval but Ashton was held up over the line and the All Blacks went into the break 17-3 up.
England’s impressive scrum gave Flood the chance to trim the Kiwi’s lead with a penalty but Carter responded with his own soon after.
The game turned ugly before replacement Dylan Hartley touched down despite a suggestion of double movement after Ashton had led a storming counter attack.
Flood converted but Carter added another penalty to leave the score at 23-13 with 20 minutes to go.
There was another moment of controversy when the ineffective Hape dived for the line but had the ball knocked from his grasp by Isaia Toeava who appeared to lead with his elbow.
Flood did again reduce the deficit to seven points with another penalty but Carter immediately replied to kill off England’s chance.