However, after a break by New Zealand’s Cory Jane set up a line-out in England’s 22, the ball was worked across field and left-wing Julian Savea went in for the first try of the match.
Carter converted and England’s lead had been cut to 15-7.
Two minutes later New Zealand crossed again, good work by Jane and Conrad Smith sending No. 8 Kieran Read in for a converted try.
England were now just 15-14 up, but they then stemmed the All Blacks recovery with three tries in a dramatic eight-minute spell to the delight of a capacity Twickenham crowd.
Good interplay between centers Barritt and Tuilagi saw Barritt cross in the 52nd minute.
England then won quick ball off a line-out and Tuilagi smashed his way past Carter before sending in Ashton.
Farrell missed both conversions, but then Tuilagi intercepted Read’s pass and sprinted over for a try, with Farrell adding the extras.
England replacement Freddie Burns kicked two penalties and although Savea scored his second try, it was too late for the All Blacks.