The second match of our triple header comes as part of Great Britain Lions’ Oceania tour.
They’ll be taking on the New Zealand Kiwis in New Zealand. This is the first of two clashes between the 2 sides with the next one next week in Christchurch.
The only late change is Brandon Smith has been dropped so Kodi Nikorima started at hooker.
We had some great free-flowing football with no errors in the first 5 minutes.
6 minutes into the game, Kieran Foran would go down with a shoulder injury.
The worst fears were confirmed; Foran suffered a dislocated shoulder and may face a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
A couple minutes later, the Kiwis opened the scoring with a penalty goal from the boot of the Brisbane Broncos winger, Jamayne Isaako.
10 minutes later, the Lions received a penalty close to the Kiwis line.
Warrington Wolves half, Gareth Widdop added the 2 points for the penalty goal to level the scores at 2-all.
Completions were 100% at this points and they remained like this until the 25th minute, when Kenny Bromwich dropped it.
The rest of the half was filled with errors and penalties as we went into the break 2-all.
New Zealand 2 – 2 Great Britain
After a try-less first half, both teams would be looking for some better attack in the second stanza.
10 minutes in, we got exactly that with the Kiwis with possession, 5 metres inside their own half.
Warriors fullback, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck dummied through and went himself!
The fullback got to him but he threw a magical flick pass out the back to Jamayne Isaako who scored in the corner for the first try of the game.
Isaako hooked the goal across the face so the lead remained 6-2.
On the very next set, 25m out on the last tackle, Nikorima gave it to Marshall to put the kick in.
It was a lacklustre kick but Sharks second rower Briton Nikora ran through and toed it along the ground for the try.
On video review, it was revealed that Nikora just knocked the ball on before his first kick. The game remained a 1 score game.
A few minutes later, Great Britain gave away a penalty which gave New Zealand great field position.
10 metres out, on the 4th tackle, they gave it to BulldogssSecond rower, Corey Harawira-Naera for the hitup.
He carried 4 defenders with him as he powered his legs for 10 metres to score the try.
The video ref confirmed it and they had a 10-2 lead.
Jamayne Isaako converted from just to the left to make the lead 12-2.
With 20 minutes left, we had our first flare-up of the game.
James Graham was in the thick of it but the penalty would go to Great Britain for a late shot on him which made tempers flare.
Just a minute later, tempers flared again but this time it was Raiders second rower John Bateman vs Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
The ref had a word with both captains and gave the warning of using the bin.
A few minutes later, Corey Harawira-Naera was taken off for a HIA.
With 10 minutes left, Great Britain received a penalty in great field position, only 5 metres out.
St Helens prop Alex Walmsley took the hit up, only for Briton Nikora to strip it in a 3-man tackle.
Nikora lost it and Warrington Wolves Hooker, Daryl Clark picked it up and went over for the try.
Gareth Widdop converted from the left side to lower the deficit to 12-8.
With less than 4 minutes left, Huddersfield Giants winger, Jermaine McGillvary dived over in the corner to level the scores and gave them a chance to win the game.
However, the video ref denied the try due to McGillvary dropping it in goal.
The kiwis held on for the rest of the game.
New Zealand 12 – 8 Great Britain
Great Britain lose their second out of two games in their Oceania tour.
They’re still in New Zealand to face the Kiwis again next week in Christchurch.
Will the Kiwis go 2-0 or will the Lions finally win a match on their tour?
Find out next week on Saturday Night, 8PM local time.