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Guzzler Retallick makes up for All Blacks’ lack of razzle-dazzle

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Brodie Retallick produced a colossal display as New Zealand ate into England’s early lead to win 16-15 at Twickenham

They came to see Beaudy’s black magic – they left in awe of Brodie’s mastery of the dark arts. This will inevitably be remembered as the one New Zealand got away with but it would be an injustice to Brodie Retallick’s towering performance to say the TMO was the most influential figure at Twickenham.

For Retallick was a colossus for the All Blacks. They call him the Guzzler for his relentless appetite for work and he had his fill, inspiring New Zealand’s comeback from 15-0 down. He stole three lineouts, denying England the chance to capitalise on their second-half chances – Jamie George will have a few sleepless nights ahead – and ultimately it was the set-piece where this match was decided.

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