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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 28 Oct 2007 09:42:00 GMT
Two-time Super League premiership winning coach Tony Smith is one win away from securing Britain it’s first Rugby League test series win in 14-years after the Lions defeated the Kiwis 20-14 on Sunday.
The Kiwis started off strongly scoring first via a Shontayne Hape try before the home nation dug it’s heels and got some prime positioning on the scoreboard from a Maurie Fa'asavalu four-pointer.
The desperate tourists hit back quickly via centre Paul Whatuira to lead 10-8 at the break.
Putting some rare greatness on show, England won the most crucial period of the game two tries to one care of Gareth Raynor and 18-year-old test rookie Sam Burgess.
A distracting tackle made by Burgess onto Kiwi hard-shell Fuifui Moimoi helped the Poms falter in their concentration in the dying minutes of the game.
Bradford Bulls centre Shontayne Hape was only too happy to make the English pay with a try in the right corner but it was too little too late.
New Kiwi coach Gary Kemble – still yet to score his first win in the international arena – is obviously missing the experience and attacking flair of the retired Stacey Jones.
How long it takes Kemble to re-build the pride of New Zealand rugby remains to be seen.
But the early signs are positive if their recovery from a 58-0 spanking at the hands of Australia two weeks ago is any indication.
Great Britain 20 ( Fa'asavalu, Raynor, Burgess tries; Burrow (4) goals) d New Zealand 14 (Hape (2), Whatuira tries; Hohaia goals) @ Galpharm Stadium. Crowd: 16,522 Referee: Tony Archer. - Read More, Here