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Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 20:42 GMT
Lions edge Kiwis in thriller
Keith Senior
Keith Senior goes over to score the Lions first try

Great Britain 16-10 New Zealand

Great Britain ended their nine-year wait for a win over New Zealand with victory in the third and final Test of the Don't Drink Drive series.

The success saw Great Britain tie the series, therefore taking the inaugural Albert Baskerville Trophy as hosts.

Keith Senior, Martin Gleeson and Paul Sculthorpe were the Lions' try scorers, while Stacey Jones and Ali Lauiti'iti got the points for the Kiwis.

Great Britain had dominated from the start as the Lions forwards, boosted by the return of Adrian Morley, ripped through the Kiwi defence.

And the home team were rewarded for their hard work on nine minutes when Keith Senior collected a superb long pass from captain Andy Farrell to go over for the opening try.

Farrell missed the conversion but the Lions continued their assault and Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Anderson were only denied tries in quick succession by some last-ditch Kiwi defending.

Lee Gilmour makes a break
Lee Gilmour was constantly involved for Britain

Despite their dominance, Great Britain lacked a cutting edge.

And, as the half wore on, New Zealand captain Stacey Jones began to make his presence known with a series of teasing high kicks.

But the Lions defence stood firm and GB further stretched their lead through Martin Gleeson 25 minutes into the game.

Leon Pryce was the provider, leaping superbly to collect club mate Paul Deacon's high kick and knocking the ball into Gleeson's path for an 8-0 lead.

A magnificent 60-metre run by Keith Senior got the second half under way as Great Britain's dominance continued.

Farrell extended the Lions' lead to 10-0 with a penalty kick after Lance Hohaia was sinbinned for a holding down Mike Forshaw.

But Gary Freeman's team had proved in the opening Test that they are more than capable of bouncing back from a half-time deficit.

And Stacey Jones' try and conversion narrowed Great Britain's lead to 10-6.

The momentum was now with the tourists as the Kiwis set up camp in the Great Britain half.

Stacey Jones threatened with a series of dangerous runs, but a tiring Lions defence refused to lie down.

A superb break by Senior then opened up the New Zealand defence and Paul Sculthorpe spotted the gap to extend Great Britain's advantage.

Farrell added the two points for a 16-6 lead.

Ali Lauiti'iti added a late try in frantic finish, but Great Britain clung on for their first win over New Zealand since 1993.

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"The Kiwis hung on to take the match to the wire"
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