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New Zealand defeated Thomas Burgess’ England side overnight, in what amounted to a herculean defensive effort at London’s Olympic Stadium – the score finishing up at just 9-2 in favour of the Kiwis.

The black and white victory levels the three Test series, setting up a decider on November 14 at the DW Stadium in Wigan, in what is sure to be an epic Rugby League international clash.

After taking the first game by 26-12 in Hull in an impressive performance last week, England were installed as favourites for game two.

However in a sign of just how close the international game has become, the Wall of White was breached by conceding just the one try in the second match – Shaun Kenny-Dowall crossing just two minutes into the second half to effectively grab victory.

England came within a whisker of drawing level, but were controversially denied a try to James Graham by the video referee.

A Jordan Kahu drop-goal put the finishing touches on the Kiwi victory, with the side running out 9-2 victors.

 

New Zealand 9 (Shaun Kenny-Dowall, try; Issac Luke 1, Jordan Kahu 1; Jordan Kahu 1 field goal)

Defeated

England 2 (Gareth Widdop 1 goal)

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