ENG tryscorers: Widdop (4' penalty), Whitehead (28, 64'), O'Louchlin (72')
NZ tryscorers: Nightingale (37'), Luke (74'), Kahu (78')
International Rugby League 3 Match-Series
DW Stadium, Wigan, England.
The test series of three games was won by England in a hard fought game against New Zealand. England started off with a Widdop penalty followed Whitehead and O'Louchlin scoring tries to beat the tries from New Zealand.
This he national anthems got us in the mood for the decider of the series. As it lies at 1 a piece in the series after two games the game got kicked off for the decider. What a start England had when the ball was fumbled by New Zealand and England got the ball from the drop-out. England were looking to rip the Kiwis open. England kicked the ball on the sixth tackle and New Zealand struggled but did have the ball.
The Whites got given a penalty from the McGillvary run. Another penalty was given to England, the Kiwis didn't let Hill go. England decided to kick the ball for goal. England 2-0 New Zealand. England looked sharp and meant business.
The Kiwis tried to offload and England got the ball. New Zealand got a penalty and tapped the ball. The All Blacks passed the ball well but they couldn't get through the Wall of White, New Zealand earned a penalty. Watkins got passed to but he dropped the ball and New Zealand have the advantage. McGillvary got the ball but he struggled and was tackled just before the line.
There was controversy when Ben Thaler said No Try but went the video referee for knock on and it was NO TRY! The video referee made his decision. England celebrate as they forced New Zealand into a knock on. England got a penalty and Cooper earned it. New Zealand's high tackle earned England a penalty from their amazing run.
England lost the ball and New Zealand survive. England have scored and are rewarded for a,axing play and Elliott Whitehead scored for England. Widdop converted the ball to make it England 8-0 New Zealand. England sincerely running rings around the All-Blacks.
The referee goes to the video referee and New Zealand have scored and it is New Zealand who celebrate TRY from the board. New Zealand convert. England 8-6 New Zealand. England got a late penalty and they kicked the ball into touch. It was half-time and England were ahead in the test match.
New Zealand got the game back underway. England played well and got forward a lot and Ryan Hall nearly scored but let the ball go. New Zealand knocked on and England had the ball back. England appealed for back-to-one but it deflected off of the All Black players foot.
The match got tense and England were looking to get a healthy lead again. A filthy tackle from the New Zealand player got them the ball back when Widdop kicked the ball out on the full. A kick cent into the goal area and McGillvary caught superbly and England got a penalty and played on.
England have surely finished New Zealand and Elliott Whitehead scored his and England's second of the game. Widdop successfully converted for England. England 14-6 New Zealand. Widdop picked the ball up and took the ball 22 metres up the field. O'Louchlin was in for the try, the video referee got brought in and TRY! England have got the series. Widdop converted for England. England 20 - 6 New Zealand.
The All Blacks' Nightingale passed the ball spectacularly and New Zealand could've scored. It went to the board and it is a TRY for New Zealand. New Zealand missed the conversion. England 20 - 10 New Zealand. Proctor knocked on and England get a penalty. New Zealand then scored again and it was and amazing try from Kahu. Luke yet again claims a missed conversion. England 20 - 14 New Zealand.
England have won the 3 match series and lifted silverware for the first time since 2007. Engalnd have won the Baskerville shield.