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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 04 Nov 2007 12:52:00 GMT
Gary Kemble’s reign as Kiwi coach will be the subject of intense media speculation after Great Britain snatched the Gillette Fusion Test series 2-nil via a 44-0 romp at KC Stadium on Saturday.

Tony Smith’s squad delivered the English their first Test series win since 1993 with an 8-tries to nil whitewash over a side that struggled to compete up the middle.

Leon Pryce scored two tries for the Lions while Kevin Sinfield kicked 5 of 6 goals.

New Zealand failed to score any points in a Test match for the second time under the tutelage of Brian McClennan’s successor.

The 44-point losing margin is New Zealand’s biggest loss ever to Great Britain and is the third time the visitors have been held scoreless in 108 test matches played between the two nations.

Heading into a world cup year the series loss is nothing short of an embarrassment for a team that defeated Australia in the 2005 Tri-Nations final.

Australian media have mentioned ex-Kangaroos coach Wayne Bennett as one coaching figure who many believe would be the ideal replacement for Kemble if he were to step down.

To be fair to Kemble, he did inherit a squad hit by the retirement of icons Ruben Wiki and Stacey Jones.

It was also a team denied the services of a host of established talent - players like Sonny Bill Williams, Benji Marshall, Nathan Cayless and Manu Vatuvei - who all succumbed to injury before the match against Australia.


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Great Britain 44 (Senior, Wellens, Peacock, Pryce (2), Gardner, Raynor, Burrow tries; Sinfield (5), Burrow goals) d New Zealand 0 at KC Stadium. Crowd: 20,324. - Read More, Here