Tommy Makinson hat-trick carries England to series win over New Zealand
England rugby league team Tommy Makinson hat-trick carries England to series win over New Zealand
â¢ England 20-14 New Zealand
â¢ St Helens wing Makinson is standout performer in second Test
Tommy Makinsonâs outstanding hat-trick ensured a series victory for England over New Zealand with a game to spare in a thrilling Test match at Anfield.
Arguably the finest series that international rugby has seen for years between two of the world âs best sides deserved to be settled in a decider next weekend at Elland Road, and for large periods here it looked as though the Kiwis would do enough to level the series.
However, the hosts produced a stirring second-half fightback to make it back-to-back victories.
Makinson was the star here. He scored three outstanding tries which epitomised the endeavour and enterprise this new-look England side play with under Wayne Bennett, as well as producing several key moments in defence. The St Helens winger is now almost certain to be included in the four-man shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boot to determine the worldâs best player.
Makinson was on hand to prevent New Zealand from extending their early 6-2 lead via Dallin Watene-Zelezniakâs opening try before levelling the scores two minutes before the break with a stunning finish. The Kiwis quickly opened up a two-score lead in the moments after half-time though, with Ken Maumalo crossing after a sublime Watene -Zelezniak break, with Shaun Johnsonâs conversion and subsequent penalty making it 14-6.
A decider next weekend seemed likely but Makinson and England had other ideas. First, the St Helens winger scored following a great offload from Jake Connor before Connor himself crossed to level the scores at 14-14. Then, with six minutes remaining, Makinson completed his hat-trick with a remarkable solo effort.Topics
- England rugby league team
- New Zealand rugby league
- Rugby league
- Australia sport
- match reports
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