England Community Lions have lost for the first time in their tour of New Zealand after going down 40-24 against a New Zealand Maori side.
They fell behind early on as Geronimo Doyle gave the hosts the lead. He then converted to make it a six point advantage.
But then the Lions stunned the New Zealanders as two quickfire tries gave them the lead. Ben Heyes of Thatto Heath Crusaders and Ryan Wilson of West Hull, both scored tries. Wilson also converted both tries to make it 12-6.
A strong end to the first half from the Maori side gave them daylight going into half time as two tries from Francis Ledger and another from Connor Purcell put the hosts ahead by ten points at the break.
England needed the first try of the second half, and they got it as Fran King of Wath Brow Hornets managed to get over. Wilson converted to bring the Lions back to within four points.
But three more tries from the Maori’s dampened any hopes of a Lions comeback as Caleb Tohavan, Marcell Connal and Rangi Wyatt all scored. Doyle also converted all his efforts as the hosts broke past the 40 point mark.
The last word would go to England however as Curtis Teare of the Hornets managed to intercept and run the length of the pitch to score. Wilson converted to add a little more respectability to the final score.
That result means England come back down to earth after victory in their first game against the North Island Select. They now play a New Zealand residents side in Auckland on Friday.