Despite leading at half time, England went down 28-27 in Dunedin after being on the receiving end of a second half blitz from the clinical New Zealand backs on Saturday.
A 10-6 lead at half time for the tourists shook the World Champions into life with three second half tries to give them an unassailable two nil lead in the Test Series.
Second half scores from Ben Smith, Julian Savea and Ma'a Nonu showed the true power in the All Blacks' line up and at times the English struggled to hold possession and territory against the relentless tide of the hosts' attacks.
But England saved plenty of pride following a brave late comeback and tries from Mike Brown and Chris Ashton adding to an early Marland Yarde try with 12 points from the boot of Owen Farrell.
England started brightly at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and as an early chance looked to be going begging, Marland Yarde picked a neat line off Danny Care to power past Richie McCaw and stretch over, adding to an early Farrell penalty.
New Zealand gained a foothold and Aaron Cruden added a pair of penalties himself but England will clearly rue the inability to finish off a score at the end of the first period as Manu Tuilagi, playing on the wing, was superbly snagged by Ben Smith when a score looked certain.
The All Blacks then made the tourists pay for that mistake by running in a trio of scores in a breathtaking half hour.
First, with Tom Wood picking a neat inside line, Billy Twelvetrees' break and offload found the floor, and from the turnover, the All Blacks spread the ball wide, and as Cruden dummied his way through the line, Savea found his full back Smith who cantered home under the posts.
Then it was Savea himself who got on the scoresheet as the All Blacks moved the ball wide and neatly converted an overlap to slide over in the corner.
Ma'a Nonu then dived over with the English defence getting increasingly stretched to put the hosts 18 points ahead, a far cry from England's early 10 point lead.
As England's much lauded cavalry arrived, the game was stretched and Twelvetrees fed Mike Brown who powered his way over to score despite the attentions of Corey Jane.
The final shout went to the English who in added time, worked a neat overlap to give replacement Chris Ashton the score under the posts, but the comeback probably came five minutes late.
With a midweek clash with Canterbury to look forward to this week, England will be looking for their first win on tour with Gloucester's Henry Trinder, Matt Kvesic and today's unused replacement Freddie Burns hoping to be involved.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.