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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