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The NZ'A' were always going to be doing it tough when they took on the National League One Representative Team at Leigh on Sunday, being up against 12 Grand Final players from this years National League One competition. NZ'A' put in a courageous effort, hoping to end their five-match tour on a high and at times showed some brilliant flare. Former Great Britain prop, and coach of the National League One Team was certainly not taking them lightly and after watching a couple of their earlier matches knew the New Zealand team would be no walk over. Prior to the match he made such comments as "I thought they played really well against Great Britain for long spells, they asked a lot of questions of them", and "They are a big, physical side and, like any Kiwi side, they know how to offload, it looks as though it will be a bit physical!" The game was just as Karl had expected with some huge tackles going in and some bustling runs, particularly from front rower, George Tuakura, who was the NZ'A" man of the match. The National League side did get a bit of a scare when NZ'A' converted two tries in the last 10 minutes after they had trailed 40 - 16. This tended to be the trend for the tour with very late starts from the New Zealanders and having to play too much catch up footy. Reports from the NZ'A" staff are however, very positive, feeling that many of the players have developed immensely from their experience and will definately become better sportsmen from this. It has to also be said that Great Britain have done wonders in the game of Rugby League over the last couple of years and the NZ'A' had the opportunity to play some quality opposition. RESULTS NZ'A' 28 Nigel Taumoli, Paul Fisiiahi, Jonny Limmer, Hale Va'asa (2) : Tries Steve Buckingham (4) : Goals NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE 40 Stuart Littler, Raoney Bowker, Simon Baldwin, Chris Charles, Malcolm Alker, Neil Turley (3) : Tries Neil Turley (4) : Goals Halftime Score: 28 - 4 To National League One Back