League: Three things to take away from the Kiwis disappointing defeat to England

League: Three things to take away from the Kiwis disappointing defeat to England

Kiwis vs England – Three things

Mistakes and chaos cost kiwis

Eight minutes in the second half have turned this game completely.

With New Zealand leading 14-6 with a 25-minute lead, cool heads were needed, but the kiwis lost theirs.

A late strike on Sam Tomkins gave England the position on the field, and handling the flaws in the next three sets of kiwis increased the pressure and completely handed the initiative over to the home side.

By the time this spell was over, England had been crossed twice, leveling scores, and having all the momentum.

New Zealander James Fisher-Harris gets involved with Englishman Josh Hodgson. Photo / Photosport
New Zealander James Fisher-Harris gets involved with Englishman Josh Hodgson. Photo / Photosport

Controversial call – again

For the second consecutive test, video referee Ben Thaler played a role in the final score.

Last week he found an absurd penalty attempt and at Anfield he was perhaps overly patriotic again in his decision to award England's match-winner attempt.

It was a great run by Tommy Makinson and was sent up as an attempt, which should be noted.

But the winger had no control and clearly lost the ball over the line.

It would have been a hard and unpopular call, but it had to be done.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Photo / Photosport
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Photo / Photosport

Dallin delivers

He led, but not enough of his teammates followed.

Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was great again after a strong showing at Anfield last week.

His game to prepare Ken Maumalo for the Kiwis' second try was superb after scoring the first goal himself, and his willingness to push the full throttle into the English line was inspiring.

He is only 23 years old, but could develop into one of the big kiwi captains.

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