England Women secured an impressive 17-8 win against world champions New Zealand in Aldershot with tries from flanker Hannah Gallagher and centre Joanne Watmore and seven points from the boot of full-back Emily Scarratt.
The victory, England's second in four days against their southern hemisphere rivals, gives Gary Street's side an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series ahead of Saturday's finale at Twickenham Stadium.
England did not do it the easy way though and were twice reduced to 14 women, first when try-scorer Gallagher was sent to the sin-bin after 65 minutes and then again in the dying moments when Katy McLean was given her marching orders.
England got the first points on the board with eight minutes played when Scarratt slotted over a penalty in front of the posts.
New Zealand hit back five minutes later with the game's opening try - smart play from the Kiwi backs freed up wing Shakira Baker to dive over in the corner.
England hit back after 20 minutes when fly-half Alice Richardson superbly weaved between three defenders before offloading to Gallagher to score.
Scarratt added the extras to give England a five point cushion which they held until half-time.
Scrum-half Natasha Hunt continued to pressure New Zealand but it was the visitors who got the first points of the second half when centre Kelly Brazier kicked over a deserved penalty to reduce the deficit to two.
As Street began to ring the changes, Scarratt had the chance to extend the lead back out to five, but her kick sailed just wide of the posts.
Then with Gallagher in the sin-bin, Watmore showed a good burst of pace to run through and touch down and Scarratt's conversion gave England a nine-point lead.
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