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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 November 2007, 20:06 GMT
Great Britain v New Zealand third Test
Wigan, 10 November 2007

Great Britain's Jamie Peacock and Adrian Morley lift the trophy
Peacock and Morley lift the trophy after the Lions' series win
Great Britain (14) 28
Tries: Graham, Senior, Hodgson, Burrow, McGuire
Goals: Burrow 4

New Zealand (12) 22
Tries: Stanley 2, Whaturia, Tuiaki
Goals: Smith 3

Great Britain signed off in style as they survived an early onslaught from New Zealand to seal a 3-0 series win.

The Kiwis took a 12-0 lead thanks to Chase Stanley and Paul Whaturia tries.

The Lions hit back either side of the break through James Graham, Keith Senior, David Hodgson, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire to lead 26-12.

New Zealand grabbed late tries either side of a Burrow goal but the Lions were worthy winners in what could be their last-ever Test on home soil.

Great Britain will now divide into the home nations for the 2008 World Cup and will only come together as the Lions for future tours.

New Zealand opened the scoring after seven minutes following an initial incision down the left.


The Lions managed to halt the attack but Stanley stepped inside the cover for the first try of the evening after the Kiwis had switched play to the right.

The hosts soon conceded a second try after Adrian Morley turned over possession when he tried an over-ambitious offload in midfield.

The Kiwis worked through their set of six and, when they chose to run on the final tackle, some crisp passing saw Whaturia get on the end of an overlap to score.

Melbourne Storm second row Jeremy Smith landed both goals to put the visitors 12-0 up with just over 10 minutes played.

The visitors continued to have the upper hand and, as the half hour mark approached, they twice went close in the right corner as Hodgson struggled to deal with hanging kicks.

It took over 30 minutes for the Lions to threaten the line, but there was no stopping Graham when he got close, the St Helens prop ploughing over with six men hanging off him.

Danny McGuire races clear to score Britain's fifth try of the night
Danny McGuire races clear to score Britain's fifth try of the night

With a try under their belts, the hosts started to play with confidence and grabbed their second try when Sean O'Loughlin's superb offload sent Senior over in the corner.

Stanley, the 18-year-old debutant, then spilled a high kick as the Lions quickly added another, Hodgson going over in the same left-hand corner to put the home side in front.

After trailing by 12 points, the Lions suddenly found themselves leading 14-10 at the break.

Within four minutes of the restart, they went more than a score ahead as Burrow scampered over before converting his own score.

The Lions then made it 26 unanswered points when McGuire collected O'Loughlin's kick ahead from a scrum and had the pace to score.

A sudden cloudburst made the ball increasingly difficult to handle, hampering New Zealand's attempts to fight back.

But Gary Kemble's side cut the deficit when Stanley just managed to dab down a kick ahead.

Jeremy Smith maintained his 100% kicking record as he converted from just inside the touchline, but he could not land the goal after Taniela Tuiaki went over from the last play of the night.

In between those late tries, Burrow kicked a goal to seal a win for Great Britain in what is expected to be their last game until 2012, when they are due to go on tour Down Under.

Great Britain: Wellens, Hodgson, Gleeson, Senior, Gardner, McGuire, Burrow, Morley, Clarke, Peacock, Ellis, O'Loughlin, Wilkin.
Replacements: Graham, Jones-Buchanan, Roby, Yeaman.

New Zealand: Perrett, Stanley, Toopi, Whaturia, Tuiaki, Roberts, J Smith, Rapira, Halatau, Asotasi, Anderson, J Smith, Mannering.
Replacements: Hohaia, Moimoi, Lauaki, Lima.

Referee: Tony Archer (Australia)

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