Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak defends England's George Burgess' alleged eye-gouge

Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak defends England's George Burgess' alleged eye-gouge

The disciplinary hearing will take place on Tuesday evening.

"The guys got a lot of belief, we came together great as a team and they are all growing and going in the right direction".

Makinson said: "Playing for this England badge is emotional and to pull on the shirt with these lads is inspirational". That's the difference in Test match footy.

"That's global football. I'm a tough boy, I'm an adult, I'm a man so I can take those kinds of things but what I can't take is a loss", Watene-Zelezniak said during his post match-interview.

Tomkins' early try in the opening exchanges of last Saturday's slug match set England on their way, putting New Zealand on the back foot nearly immediately.

Sunday's match was held up for Kiwis full-back Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to have treatment for an eye injury, shortly after coming into contact on the ground with South Sydney prop Burgess.

From 6-6 at halftime, New Zealand went back in front just four minutes into the new half with an exceptional try. Watene-Zelezniak busted England up through the middle after some creative offloads, positioned Warriors winger Maumalo perfectly to touch down, and not long after, Johnson added a penalty goal to make it 14-6.

Connor then tied the match up at 14-14 when he barged over to score, before Makinson brought up his hat-trick and sealed the victory with a fantastic solo try with six minutes on the clock.

England 19-man squad: John Bateman, George Burgess, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Jake Connor, Oliver Gildart, James Graham, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Jermaine McGillvary, Richie Myler, Adam Milner, Mark Percival, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams.

A win in this match will secure series victory for England following the 18-16 win in Hull last weekend, and a final test in Leeds next weekend.

"The boys have had to learn some pretty harsh lessons over the last two games about what Test football is all about".

"The tries were good but they were made by the team around me".

"England have been performing like that for quite some time".

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