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Match Report – New Zealand 12 – 8 Great Britain
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Great Britain as soon as extra noticed a late fightback fall quick as they slipped to a 12-8 defeat within the first Test in opposition to New Zealand in Auckland.

The groups have been stage at 2-2 at half-time, however the vacationers have been hit by two tries in six minutes to go 10 factors behind and posed their solely actual threats in a frantic final 15 minutes.

Replacement hooker Daryl Clark went over for a attempt to give them hope of a primary win in New Zealand since 1992 and winger Jermaine McGillvary touched down on the nook 4 minutes from the top solely to have the rating disallowed for a knock-on.

Despite the thrilling comeback, it was one other disappointing efficiency from Wayne Bennett’s males, who have been lacklustre in a gap 14-6 defeat by a Tongan Invitational XIII in Hamilton every week earlier.

The Lions could have an opportunity to sq. the collection with the Kiwis in Christchurch subsequent Saturday, however they are going to be haunted by the sensation that their hosts have been there for the taking at Eden Park and that this was an excellent alternative missed.

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire had responded to his workforce’s 26-Four defeat to Australia by dropping playmaker Shaun Johnson in favour of the equally skilled Kieran Foran, however his comeback lasted solely 5 minutes earlier than he went off with a dislocated shoulder.

And the Kiwis performed the sport with no specialist hooker after Maguire sprung a final-minute shock by axing Brandon Smith for a breach of workforce protocol and bringing in half-again Kodi Nikorima, who was not even within the preliminary 24-man squad.

The Lions clearly heeded the message from Bennett as they stored their errors to a minimal – it was 34 minutes earlier than they got here up with a primary dealing with error – and so they had many of the possession within the first half.

The introduction of full-again Jonny Lomax added extra thrust to the assault, whereas his St Helens workforce-mate Alex Walmsley made a big effect from the bench.

But there have been too many tame endings to their units and the one scores earlier than half-time got here from penalties by Jamayne Isaako and Gareth Widdop.

The Kiwis produced an error-strewn first half. however nonetheless managed to create the one strive-scoring possibilities, with centre Joseph Manu failing to complete off a break by Benji Marshall and former Leeds winger Ryan Hall coming to the rescue by intercepting Jerome Hughes’ go close to his personal line.

The breakthrough got here eight minutes into the second half, when full-again Roger Tuivasa-Sheck wriggled freed from Walmsley’s deal with to get Isaako racing away for the opening strive.

Three minutes later, second rower Briton Nikora touched down a Marshall kick solely to have the strive disallowed for a knock-on within the construct-up, however the reprieve was quick-lived as substitute Corey Harawira-Naera used brute pressure to get the ball over the road regardless of the eye of 4 defenders.

Isaako kicked his second purpose to open up a 10-point lead and Britain began to give you the errors as they started to chase the sport.

Clark introduced them again into the competition on 68 minutes when he completed off a drive by Walmsley to attain their solely attempt to Widdop added the conversion earlier than McGillvary’s shut shave, when he misplaced his grip on the ball in Kenny Bromwich’s final-ditch deal with.


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