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

Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett said his side weren’t clinical enough.
‘‘They played much better than we did,’’ Bennett said.
‘‘It’s probably the best way of summing it up.’’

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.

Kiwis coach Michael Maguire was pleased with Johnson’s return.
‘‘Full credit to him, how he handled that moment in time,’’ Maguire said. ‘‘I’m sure he’s going to learn a lot from that.

‘I’m just pleased with how the boys prepared themselves and, when they first arrived in camp, they got together and worked really hard at what they wanted to achieve throughout this tour.

‘‘To see them defend the way they did at the back end, that was obviously a reflection of what we spoke about right from day one.’’

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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