Our thanks to Andrew Ferguson for his 2014 piece recounting the story of Edward Larkin, who among ot...
47 hours ago - 11 Likes
Only one team in it as Great Britain demolish the Kiwis by 44-0 at Hull in front of 20,300 very happy fans.
It's been 14 years since Great Britain have won a test series and they did it in style as the touring Kiwis had no answers for the rampaging attack and resilient defence shown by the home side.
The writing was on the wall early for the Kiwis. The first set by the visitors saw an early mistake and a try to Great Britain, and things slid steadily downhill from then.
Outstanding is one word to describe Tony Smith's Great Britain side with 2 tries apiece to Leon Pryce, Gareth Raynor, Paul Wellens, and Peacock, Burrow and Senior all picking up points as well.
Unfortunately the Tony Archer and the sideline officials were guilty of missing calls that could've had a slight impact on the match, and in saying that, that went both ways.
But all in all, Great Britain have shown everyone in the league world they are a quality side and certainly deserve the spoils tonight.
The Kiwis on the other hand played a game that was error ridden, and lacking in the cohesion we are used to seeing in a New Zealand side. And part of that was due to the full on defence shown by Great Britain.
Next week the Kiwis will look to salvage a bit of pride in the third test while Great Britain will look to 3-0.
GB-v-NZ Test Series II Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull, UK Referee: Tony Archer Crowd: 20,300
New Zealand (0)
LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match
Leagueunlimited.com Live Commentary
Changes to the Kiwi side sees Rapira starting, with Moi Moi on the bench.
Great crowd in to watch the second test in the 3 match series
1 min: The Kiwis kick off in this vital game for the visitors
2 min: TRY Great Britain A penalty in the 1st set of the match allows Great Britain an attacking set 20 metres out. Quick play and Peacock rips the soft defence apart to score. Conversion attempt by Kevin Sinfield successful. Great Britain 6-0
5 min: The Kiwis have the ball for the first time in the match and collect a relieving penalty.
6 min: Line dropout for the Kiwis
8 min: Brilliant defence by Great Britain to stop the Kiwis from scoring. Raynor collecting the high kick in goal on the 5th tackle.
13 min: Good attacking options by Great Britain with a kick out wide to Raynor. A penalty to Great Britain as Raynor was taken out in the air by Hape.
14 min: TRY Great Britain Pryce scores after quick plays rattle the Kiwi defence. Conversion attempt by Kevin Sinfield successful. Great Britain 12-0
16 min: Kick off by the Kiwis out on the full.
21 min: The visitors steadying the ship a little, but Great Britain's defence is as solid as a rock.
27 min: Burgess on, Moi Moi on. The media have hyped this up all week. Will there be a battle as anticipated?
34 min: Only one team in it at the moment. Great Britain looking unbeatable at this stage with the Kiwis looking very tired and lacking cohesion.
37 min: A scrum to Great Britain with a kick down field. A certain try to the home side bombed by Raynor and Wellens as they both go for the ball and is knocked on over the try line.
39 min: TRY Great Britain Basic football by Great Britain following an error by the Kiwis 20 metres out from the GB tryline. An excellent try to Raynor. Conversion attempt by Rob Burrow unsuccessful. Great Britain 16-0
HALFTIME: A well deserved lead by the home side, the Kiwis are lucky the scoreline isn't higher.
41 min: Great Britain kick off for the start of 40 very important minutes for them as they try to wrap up the series.
47 min: The Kiwis finally get some attacking opportunities together however everything is nullified by the defence
49 min: Line dropout to Great Britain. The officials unfortunately not up with the play as Pritchard was definitely held back in goal.
50 min: TRY Great Britain A great lofting kick by Pryce is knocked back by Senior and Wellens picks up the dregs to score. Conversion attempt by Rob Burrow successful. Great Britain 22-0
54 min: Back to back penalties to the Kiwis but they balls it up on the first tackle and lose 40 metres.
55 min: The Kiwis on their tryline but 5th tackle and the swarming defence gives the Kiwis no show.Great Britain 22-0
56 min: TRY Great Britain A great lofting kick by Pryce is knocked back by Senior and Wellens picks up the dregs to score. Conversion attempt by Rob Burrow unsuccessful. Great Britain 26-0
60 min: Tuiaki loses the ball close to the tryline as he looked to score. Great hit by Wellens to save the try.
64 min: TRY Great Britain Brilliant play by Great Britain and a well deserved try to the little halfback Conversion attempt by Kevin Sinfield successful. Great Britain 32-0
71 min: TRY Great Britain Perret makes a fatal error at fullback trying to knock the ballout over the sideline with his feet. He misses, and Senior says thanks very much Conversion attempt by Kevin Sinfield successful. Great Britain 38-0
77 min: TRY Great Britain Pryce scores another with an intercept. The Kiwis are knackered and have no answer to Great Britain who look as fresh as anything. Conversion attempt by Kevin Sinfield successful. Great Britain 44-0
FULLTIME: Well deserved victory to the Great Britain side who played as a unit right across the park.