This was a game of two half’s as England had an 18-0 lead at half time and lost the second period 0-18.
It took England 20 minutes to breakdown the Maori defence as Ryan Atkins crashed over from a good England build-up with a couple of sweet offloads. Gareth Widdup added the extras 0-6. This score was followed on 28 minutes through Sam Tomkins and then right on the half-time hooter by Sean O’Loughlin, both these being converted by Garet Widdup. 0-18 half-time.
England then opened the second half with continued power and pace and having missed a couple of chances in the first period Ben Westwood was adjudged to produce a double movement in the act of scoring penalty Maroi on 47 minutes. From this moment on it was all Maori as first Bodene Tompson went over on 52 minutes with Kevin Locke missing the extras 4-18. Then on 63 minutes a sweet kick up field undid the visitors defence and Aaron Heremia went over, a similar move saw Arana Taumata go over on 70 minutes. On 77 minutes Locke kicked a penalty to add to 2 conversions tying up the game at 18-18. The last 10 minutes saw the Maori pressing the line and last ditch tackles keeping them out. This was summed up by a last gasp drop goal being charged down giving us the final score of:
NZ Maori 18-18 England
Maori:Tries;Tompson,Heremia,Taumata Cons: Locke 2 Pens: Locke
England:Tries;Atkins,Tomkins,O’Loughlin Cons:Widdup 3
NZ Maori: Kevin Locke, Sandor Earl, Clinton Toopi, Timana Tahu, Kaine Manihera, Arana J Taumata, Rangi Chase, James Tamou, Aaron Heremaia, Russell Packer, Weller Hauraki, Justin Horo, Bodene Thompson,
Replacements: Jeremy Smith, Kevin Proctor, Lewis Brown, Sam McKendry,
England:Gareth Widdop,Ryan Hall, Michael Shenton, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Kevin Brown, Sam Tomkins, Adrian Morley (c), James Roby, Darrell Griffin, Sam Burgess, Gareth Ellis, Sean O’Loughlin,
Replacements: Joel Tomkins, Ben Westwood, Luke Robinson, Eorl Crabtree
Next Weekend the 4 Nations kicks off:
Sat 24 Oct 11:00 New Zealand v England SkySports1
Sun 25 Oct 08:30 Australia v Papua New Guinea SkySports2
Sun 31 Oct 07:00 Australia v England SkySports