New Zealand (16) 23
Tries: Manu, Johnson, Maumalo Goals: Isaako 5 Drop-goal: Isaako
Great Britain (2) 8
Try: Hodgson Goals: Widdop 2
A lacklustre and unimaginative Great Britian fell to their thrid successive defeat on tour, losing 23-8 to New Zealand in the second test match between the two international heavy weights in Christchurch yesterday.
With the publicity over selection and injuries dominating the headlines all week, GB were up against it from the start as Warrington Wolves duo Austin Blake and Jack Hughes being used as makeshift Winger and centre respectively. However, it was errors that where to prove costly as Great Britian failed to make an impact on the Kiwi line despite having the better of procession in the opposition half.
After an early exchange of penalties between kiwi winger Jamayne Isaako and GB’s Gareth Widdop, two small errors by Blake allowed the Kiwi’s to pressure the Great Britian line with Roosters centre Joseph Manu powering over for the opening try of the game.
With Great Britain’s errors continuing to prove costly Isaako helped himself to two more penalties before Shaun Johnson’s (pictured) dummy carved an opening in the Great Britian defence for the recalled stand off to stride over next to the sticks as the home side strolled into a 16-2 half time lead.
The second period started off in much the same way as New Zealand wasted a number of chances to increase their lead before barnstorming winger Ken Maumalo showed great acrobatics to score in the corner.
After some pressure substitute Josh Jones managed to provide a let off load close to the Kiwi line that allowed Josh Hodgeson to sneak over for a try that Widdop converted however, that was a close as the Lions got to closing the gap despite another late rally.
The introduction of Daryl Clark in the final quarter yet again brought some life to the GB attack, but unfortunately like last week this was too little to late as Isaako late drop goal and penalty ensured New Zealand would take the series 2-0.
Next up for the Lions is their final game as they travel to Port Moresby to face a stern test against Papua New Guinea. This is a game that an under-pressure Wayne Bennett most win despite already admitting he will be looking at rotating his squad which means allowing those that have sat and watched the poor performance’s week after week a chance to prove what they can do.
New Zealand: Tuivasa-Sheck; Maumalo, Nicoll-Klokstad, Manu, Isaako; Johnson, Marshall (capt); Tetevano, Smith, Waerea-Hargreaves, Nikora, Harawira-Naera, Tapine.
Interchanges: Nikorima, Proctor, Ah Mau, Blair.
Great Britain: Lomax; McGillvary, Hughes, Connor, Austin; Widdop, Hastings; Hill, Hodgson, Burgess, Bateman, Whitehead, Graham (capt).
Interchanges: Jones, Clark, Walmsley, Thompson.
Referee: Gerard Sutton