New Zealand vs. England: 5 Key Battles for Hamilton Test

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New Zealand vs. England: 5 Key Battles for Hamilton Test
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England suffered an agonising one-point defeat, as they lost 28-27 to New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday. In the "House of Pain," it was not the usual tortuous heavy defeat that did the damage but the tantalising proximity to an English victory.

England had led the All Blacks 10-6 at half-time, but a second-half surge from the Kiwis meant that the late English fightback was ultimately in vain. With the three-match series now irretrievable, Stuart Lancaster's attention will be firmly fixed on avoiding a whitewash in Hamilton on Saturday. Certainly captain Chris Robshaw understands this.

"It's a result-based industry and unfortunately we've had two losses and lost the series. But we've got another match to come next week and we're going to come out fighting again.''

The series has seen two titanic tussles so far. Although the result of the series has now been confirmed, we are set for an enticing finale in Hamilton. Here is a look at the key battles that England will have to win to overturn last week's smallest of defeats.

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