- Highlights from New Zealand Maori v England 9th June 2003
DVD Technical Information:
- Language: English
- Region Code: All
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Dolby Digital Stereo
- Running time: 235 minutes
From the Back Cover
As Clive Woodwards men descended upon the Southern hemisphere for the final leg of a long hard season, history was to be created. Victory over the New Zealand Maori kicked off the Zurich Summer Tour of Australia and New Zealand, but two further stern tests lay ahead:
The Siege of Wellington New Zealand 13 15 England
England have had many special days but this was something extraordinary! Fifteen points from the boot of fly-half Johnny Wilkinson handed England their first victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil for 30 years. It was far from a classic, but the performance epitomized the spirit of Clive Woodwards team, as they stood firm when it mattered the most. With the rain sweeping the ground, conditions were difficult. Reduced to 13 in the second half, the All Blacks had the advantage but were unable to turn over a resolute England defence and four times a six-man English pack survived the onslaught of a full All Black scrum. It was Englands day as they created their own slice of history.
The Massacre in Melbourne Australia 14 25 England
History created as the Wallabies are defeated on their own turf and the season ends with a perfect ten. Combining forward power with pace in the backs, England romped home to victory in Australias own back yard for the first time in history. Touching new heights, Englands aerial dominance was only one aspect of a thoroughly convincing performance. Jonny Wilkinson was having one of those days, as he carved open opportunity after opportunity with a fine array of angled and short passes, and when he timed his delayed pass to perfection for Northampton Saints man Ben Cohen, the big winger sidestepped the Wallabies fullback Chris Latham to score under the posts for Englands third try. Sailor went over for a deserved try near the end, but England were out of reach and Wilkinson capped off the day with a penalty on the final hooter.