The All Blacks recovered from 15-0 down to beat England 16-15 in a thrilling and controversial test at a sold out Twickenham, making it 15 wins in 16 matches between the two as their first clash for four years fully lived up to its billing.
In difficult, rainy conditions England raced into a big lead after a fantastic opening, kicking at every opportunity and forcing the All Blacks into errors and scoring tries through wing Chris Ashton after two minutes and hooker Dylan Hartley midway through the first half after an unstoppable rolling maul.
The world champions hit back just before half-time with a try by impressive fullback Damian McKenzie and a Beauden Barrett penalty.
In the second half Barrett’s first test drop goal and another penalty hauled the All Blacks into a 16-15 lead which they held with five minutes remaining.
England thought they had won it with a try to openside Sam Underhill only for the TMO to rule that team-mate Courtney Lawes had been offside before charging down the clearance kick that sent the flanker through.
England had a couple of other chances to set up the drop goal or score but the All Blacks defence held strong to claim the narrowest of victories.
The All Blacks now move on to Ireland and their clash with the Six Nations Champions.