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as­cen­dancy in the fi­nal quar­ter, when a drop goal op­por­tu­nity failed to ma­te­ri­alise.

“I thought we played the fi­nal 20 (min­utes) ex­cep­tion­ally well,” Jones added. “That’s where New Zealand gen­er­ally run away from teams and they couldn’t. They couldn’t break us. “If we’d kept go­ing for an­other five min­utes, we maybe would’ve got them.” Hooker and co-cap­tain Hart­ley went off at half­time with a thumb in­jury he has been car­ry­ing, while lock Ge­orge Kruis has a calf prob­lem which will be as­sessed.

New Zealand’s in­flu­en­tial cen­tre Sonny Bill Wil­liams went off with a shoul­der in­jury in the first half.

The All Blacks won the World Cup on their most re­cent visit to Twick­en­ham, in Oc­to­ber 2015, when Eng­land be­came the first hosts to exit at the pool stage. They have been trans­formed un­der Jones, who was ap­pointed in December 2015.

Hansen said: “He’s do­ing a good job here for Eng­land. Last time we were here was 2015 and things didn’t go that well for Eng­land.

“Since then they’ve won 18 in a row, they’re in the right place.

“They’ve showed to­day they’re go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive against who­ever you want to play against them.”

Hansen, though, had words of praise for his side too.

He added: “I thought Eng­land were very, very good and I thought we showed a lot of char­ac­ter.”

New Zealand’s Kieran Read lifts the Quil­ter In­ter­na­tional tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Quil­ter In­ter­na­tional match at Twick­en­ham

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