New Zealand 23-8 Great Britain Rugby League Lions: Kiwis inflict third tour defeat

Shaun Johnson was again the scourge of a northern hemisphere side with his efforts
Second Test
New Zealand (16) 23
Tries: Manu, Johnson, Maumalo Goals: Isaako 5 Drop-goal: Isaako
Great Britain (2) 8
Try: Hodgson Goals: Widdop 2

Great Britain fell to their third straight tour defeat, losing 23-8 to New Zealand in the second Test between the sides at Christchurch.

After an early penalty apiece, Joseph Manu and Shaun Johnson tries plus Jamayne Isaako’s goals left the Lions staring at a 16-2 half-time deficit.

Ken Maumalo added to their angst after the break, before Josh Hodgson’s score gave the tourists some belief.

Isaako’s drop goal and penalty late on was a layer of gloss for the hosts.

The Lions’ return after 12 years away has turned out to be something of a damp squib, with this loss as disappointing as any of the three games so far in terms of both performance and result.

A tally of just three tries in the three Tests has highlighted a lack of penetration, which has proved costly despite some dogged defence throughout the series.

Other than a British rally on the Kiwis line in the final 20 minutes, it was an otherwise comfortable evening for the home side, who dominated up front and took advantage of the platform created by the craft of half-backs Benji Marshall and Johnson.

While Great Britain’s team selection was hampered by injury to Ryan Hall and Oliver Gildart, the lack of specialist three-quarter cover in coach Wayne Bennett’s initial squad selection was…

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