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Burgess' England fall in final Test

Match Highlights: England v Kiwis - Third Test

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Thomas Burgess has put in a decent shift for England during the third and final Test against New Zealand, as the Kiwis ran out 34-0 winners at Elland Road in Leeds.

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 31,186, England was unable to repeat the heroics that saw them seal the test series last weekend. 

Despite the 30,000 strong crowd cheering the home side on, it was the Kiwis that fired on the day, adding a consolation victory to their northern hemisphere tour.

The men in black got on the board early through winger Ken Maumalo, who crossed in the corner after some textbook hot potato football in the fourth minute. 

After a disjointed middle sector of the first half, man of the match winner Kodi Nikorima injected himself into the game, sending back rower Isaac Liu straight through with a pinpoint pass. 

The halfback then popped up again moments later, linking up with halves partner Shaun Johnson to give the Kiwis an 18-0 lead at the break. 

England's hopes of a fightback in the second half were quickly put to bed, with Nikorima finding winger Maumalo with a perfect cross-field kick. 

England's night didn't get much better after that with winger Jermaine McGillvary being sin-binned for a professional foul, which was followed by a further two tries to New Zealand. 

Forwards Jesse Bromwich and Joseph Tapine crashed over the white stripe in almost identical fashion to wrap up the game for the Kiwis. 

In the end, England won the series 2-1 in what was an enthralling international contest. 


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