Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England produce storming fightback to beat New Zealand

England produce storming fightback to beat New Zealand

But with the situation we find ourselves in we may have to play them. "We got some breakaway tries and defended well when we needed too".

"The clubs in the 80s didn't want Origin but there were strong enough men to say that's what we need and we need a lot of people to stand up for global rugby league now because this is the next horizon".

"I know the game has had a lot of critics but I thought both teams played with passion, heart and effort and that is what Test football is all about". If we don't, we're not going to have the product in 20 years.

"It's unfortunate for her, but obviously we have to get this stuff right", he said.

Burgess, who plies his club trade at South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, played the full game in the back-row for England.

Promoter Jason Moore declared the event a qualified success.

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Kiwi Martin Taupau took out England five-eighth Jonny Lomax with a late challenge and when Lomax missed a tackle on Marsters, he was replaced by Hull's Connor.

Second rower Elliott Whitehead scored two of his side's six tries while outside backs Jake Connor and Tommy Makinson also got on the scoresheet on debut as the new-look Kiwis were played off the park in the second half.

Hall produced a trademark acrobatic finish to claim his 35th try eight minutes from the break, with Widdop adding the goal, and second rower Whitehead went through a gap for the second four minutes later.

New Zealand had seven new faces in the starting line-up for the first game under Michael Maguire as they began a rebuilding process following a terrible World Cup and they could hardly have made a better start.

New Zealand opened the lead through Marsters, one of seven debutants in the Kiwi side, following Kodi Nikorima's clever break.

"Moments in Test matches change games and we kicked it dead three times off kick-offs", he lamented.

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