9 Nov 2015

Kiwis keep series alive

8:22 am on 9 November 2015

The New Zealand rugby league team have levelled the three-Test series against England with a 9-2 victory in the second match in London.

The Kiwis' wing Shaun Kenny-Dowall scores the game's only try.

The Kiwis' wing Shaun Kenny-Dowall scores the game's only try. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The two teams were tied at 2-2 at the end of a tryless first half with the Kiwis wing Shaun Kenny-Dowall scoring the sole try of the match just after the break which the New Zealanders converted to take an 8-2 lead.

A 77th-minute drop goal from centre Jordan Kahu then sealed the result for the tourists.

The winning margin was slim but could have been a lot more, given the New Zealand side were dominant for large portions of the match.

They created enough chances to score several more tries, though praise must be given to the scrambling and committed English defence who kept the game close.

Kiwis captain Adam Blair was pleased to keep England tryless following last week's loss 26-12 in Hull, in which the New Zealanders leaked 20 unanswered points in the final 50 minutes.

"All week we worked on our defence and you know credit to those boys [England] they kept coming all day but our boys just kept manning up and we played for the full 80 minutes tonight," Blair said.

The series is now tied 1-1.

The decisive third Test is in Wigan next weekend.

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