Burgess' set the platform as England claim series win

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward duo George and Thomas Burgess have played a strong role in helping England claim a series win over New Zealand with 20-14 victory in the second Test at Anfield.

Once again England has come from behind to upset their opponents, turning around an eight-point deficit midway through the second half.

Much like the first Test, it was New Zealand who got off to the better start with captain and fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak opening the scoring in the 8th minute of the match.

Despite the early try, the game would wait 30 minutes to see the next, as England would strike back through eventual match-winner Tommy Makinson, who crossed in the corner after some razzle-dazzle play.

However, it didn't take long for the Kiwis to reassert themselves, as Watene-Zelezniak burst through the England line, running off a Kodi Nikorima short ball before putting the ball on a plate for winger Ken Maumolo to score in the 44th minute.

Rabbitohs barnstorming forward Thomas Burgess came close to scoring soon after when Kiwi winger Jordan Rapana spilt the ball in the in-goal, but the big man was unable to ground the ball under the pressure of the scrambling New Zealand defence.

Whilst England missed their chance at that occasion they made it count in the 54th minute, as Makinson bagged his second after some slick backline hand movement.

The home side would then find themselves on level terms just a few moments later, with centre Jake Connor crashing over to tie the score at 14-all.

The match, of course, did not end there.

In the 73rd minute, man of the match Makinson sealed the win for his country, with a darting thirty metre run through a jagged New Zealand defence, which completed his hat-trick and wrapped up the series for England.

It was another workmanlike performance from the English as they showed their resilience once again in front of a strong crowd.

Thomas Burgess was particularly proud of the effort from his side and firmly believes that the national team is heading in the right direction.

"We had a big chance in front of us today to put the Kiwis away and the boys stuck at it," said Burgess.

"You've always got to believe in your ability and your preparation, every time you take that field you think you're going to win, we're growing that now as a team and as a nation and hopefully we can keep going with that through the next few years."

 

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