Michael Aylwin at Twickenham

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Name: Michael Aylwin at Twickenham
Date registered: November 8, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/new-zealand-rugby-union-team

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  1. Exeter and Wasps serve up final thriller to show best of English club rugby | Michael Aylwin — May 27, 2017
  2. England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham — November 26, 2016

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May 27

Exeter and Wasps serve up final thriller to show best of English club rugby | Michael Aylwin

Some have doubted the Premiership’s need for play-offs but Gareth Steenson’s last-gasp winning kick was a fittingly dramatic end to justify their existence

What a final, they kept saying, and they were right, but these finals always are. Folk have of late noted that we will not need play-offs any more, when they stretch the domestic season to 10 months, smoothing out those crinkly weekends which overlap with the international game.

Yes we will. This is addictive. To be at Twickenham in high May is to see English club rugby at its best, and there is no reason to think it will be any different in high June. This time, as apparently every time, two superb, attack-minded teams cut each other up in their differing ways, Exeter by thumping Wasps through the guts, Wasps by unpicking the Exeter muscle. Twenty-two rounds could scarcely separate the two during the regular season, so 80 minutes had no chance. For the second time in four finals, we had to go to extra-time. Had to? It was a pleasure.

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Nov 26

England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham

Jonny May produced an inspired display and got through a tremendous amount of work after Eliot Daly’s sending-off, earning himself 8 out of 10

Mike Brown, Full-Back 7/10 If only he’d consummated his performance with the try it deserved. Could have been two, as would have finished the penalty try. Rock solid and metres galore. Great battle with Cordero.

Jonny May, Wing 8/10 England’s best player in our opinion. When his mate went off he had twice the work and did it. Defence remarkable, pace and support lines deadly. Well-deserved try. He’s back. And better.

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Related: Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

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