Today saw England take on New Zealand at the John Smith’s Stadium in both teams first four nations game. The question is can the Wall Of White beat the might kiwi’s once again and get off to the dream start that they need.
England got the game underway at the John Smith’s Stadium as 24,000 fans cheered the English players on. It was England who would open the scoring early on with Widdop successfully converting two penalties within ten minutes to give England a 4-0 lead.
The opening try didn’t come until the 33rd minute when Jordan Rapana scored in the corner to put the Kiwi’s 6-4 up at the break.
However the first half didn’t start well for the home side as Shaun Johnson skipped past the English defence to score a 80-yard try to double their lead which Kahu successfully converted to make the score 12-4
The English then managed to hit back thanks to Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary to bring England within two points to 12-10 the New Zealanders then extended their lead to 16-10 thanks to Rapana yet again.
England however were not giving up without a fight thanks to Ryan Hall who went over in the corner thanks to a flick-pass by Gareth Widdop to bring the scores level at 16-16
New Zealand then sealed England’s fate with a Shaun Johnson drop goal in the 65th minute to make the final score 17-16 to the Kiwi’s meaning that England will have to beat Australia and Scotland in their last two games.