Lions fall short against New Zealand

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It was another frustrating day at the office for Great Britain Lions as they failed to take their opportunities in a 12-8 defeat against New Zealand.

Despite having a higher completion rate than the Kiwis, they couldn’t make the pressure count where it mattered most.

It was New Zealand who drew first blood after eight minutes after Jamayne Isaako took advantage of back to back penalties and scored the first two points of the game.

It took Britain 10 minutes to level the scores, and after some sustained pressure on the Kiwi line, they elected to take the two points, which Gareth Widdop put away.

The first try finally came in the 49th minute as a break from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck set Isaako on his way to score. Isaako himself took the conversion but put it just wide, meaning the Kiwis only held a four point advantage.

It almost got even worse for Britain as Briton Nikora kicked on and got over the line, but video replays showed he had knocked on prior to picking the ball up, and the Lions had a scrum 20m from their own line.

That reprieve did not last for long as Corey Harawira-Naera powered his way over, despite having four Lions defenders trying to tackle him. Isaako converted to make it a 10 point advantage coming up to the hour mark.

Britain needed a break and they got it as the ball fell to Daryl Clark, who managed to get over from short range. Widdop converted to get the Lions back to within four points with just over 10 minutes to go.

The Lions almost got through again with three minutes to go, as Jermaine McGillvary got the ball out wide, but a brilliant tackle by Kenny Bromwich managed to dislodge the ball before the Huddersfield winger could ground the ball.

That brought to an end to a frustrating afternoon all in all for Great Britain, as they failed to take advantage of the opportunities that came their way. They will go again next Saturday in Christchurch.

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