Kiwi forwards seal miserable tour for visitors

New Zealand’s forwards ran with greater punch and halves Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson turned the screws on the Lions with a pinpoint long-kicking game.

Try sneak: Ken Maumalo dives to score out wide in ChristchurchCredit:Getty

Johnson, recalled to the team after Kieran Foran suffered a shoulder injury last week, only ran the ball once in the first half but his quick footwork produced a solo try.

That followed an earlier four-pointer from Sydney Roosters centre Joseph Manu, while Brisbane’s Jamayne Isaako added three penalty goals to keep the scoreboard moving.

Holding a 16-2 lead entering the second half, the Kiwis added another try through winger Ken Maumalo and held on during the final quarter as the Lions mounted plenty of pressure.

Pinpoint: Shaun Johnson goes to the air again.

Pinpoint: Shaun Johnson goes to the air again.Credit:Getty

A late field goal and another Isaako penalty goal iced the victory.

The result added to a miserable tour for Great Britain, who also lost a fortnight ago to a Tongan Invitational XIII.

The Lions will cap off their southern hemisphere tour with a Test against Papua New Guinea next weekend in Port Moresby.



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