Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Saturday, 6 November, 2004, 20:20 GMT
Great Britain 22-12 New Zealand
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield

MATCH SCOREBOARD
Great Britain's Stuart Reardon goes over for one of his two tries
Great Britain: (2) 22
Tries: Newton, Reardon (2)
Goals: Farrell (2), Sculthorpe, Harris (2)
New Zealand: (12 ) 12
Tries: Lautiiti, Williams
Goals: Webb (2)
Great Britain produced a superb second-half display to overcome a spirited New Zealand side and earn their first win of the Tri-Nations series.

First-half scores from Ali Lauitiiti and Sonny Bill Williams had put the Kiwis 12-2 up at half-time.

But the Lions responded in excellent fashion after the break with Terry Newton bursting through to touch down.

Stuart Reardon then added a brace of tries in two minutes and three late goals sealed the Great Britain victory.

New Zealand had the better of the early exchanges and it required some cool heads from Brian Carney and Paul Wellens in defence to cope with their kicking game.

But it was the Lions who put the first points on the scoreboard with a penalty from Farrell on 10 minutes after New Zealand captain Ruben Wiki was penalised for holding in the tackle in front of the posts.

Soon after, Keith Senior was inches away from extending the Lions' advantage after Sean Long dabbed the ball through, but Vinnie Anderson came to New Zealand's rescue.

But Great Britain's generally poor kicking game was slowly handing the territorial advantage back to their opponents.

And after giving the home side several warnings, New Zealand took the lead on 24 minutes with Williams at the heart of the attack.

The 19-year-old drove the ball down the left just inside the British half before slipping out a superb pass to Clinton Toopi who linked up with Shontayne Hape.

The debutant winger stepped inside and released Ali Lauitiiti to go in under the posts.

Adrian Morley watches as New Zealand do the haka
Adrian Morley watches as New Zealand do the haka

Brent Webb made no mistake with the conversion to give New Zealand a 6-2 lead.

And soon after another loose kick from Long put his side under pressure, the Kiwis extended the lead.

Kiwi hooker Louis Anderson flung a desperate pass over his head and Williams latched onto the loose ball and muscled through two attempted tackles to dive over.

Webb added the extras for a well-deserved 12-2 interval lead.

But after the half-time break, the Lions came out full of purpose and were rewarded for a bright start with a try from hooker Terry Newton.

They stretched the Kiwi defence before working the space for Newton to dart over from dummy-half and give Sculthorpe the easy task of adding the conversion.

A rejuvenated Great Britain were attacking with much more bite, and after Long caused panic in the Kiwi defence, Stuart Reardon took advantage of the looped pass to dive over in the corner and bring Britain level.

The players should be proud of their efforts
Great Britain coach Brian Noble

Better was to follow though as Danny McGuire, closely marked throughout the first half, finally found some space.

The 21-year-old danced around three attempted tackles before sprinting into the gap and releasing Reardon again with a long pass.

Reardon had to slide to his knees to take the ball, but managed to keep his momentum going and regain his feet again go over in the corner for his second of the match and a 16-12 lead.

New Zealand refused to lie down though and continued to ask serious questions of the British defence.

It was left to returned skipper Farrell to settle Lions nerves as he stroked over a penalty, giving GB an 18-12 after New Zealand were penalised for holding in the tackle.

Iestyn Harris, making his return to international rugby league, marked his return with a penalty from in front of the posts and a 20-12 lead to Great Britain.

And when Harris knocked over his second kick of the game in the dying seconds, the game - and the precious two Tri-Nations points - were safe for Britain.


Great Britain: Wellens, Carney, Gleeson, Senior, Reardon, McGuire, Long, Fielden, Newton, Morley, Peacock, Farrell (capt), Sculthorpe.
Replacements: Ellis, Bailey, Johnson, Harris.

New Zealand: Webb; Meli, Vagana, Toopi, Hape; Anderson, Leuluai ; Cayless, Anderson, Wiki (capt), Swann, Kidwell, Williams.
Replacements: Paul, N Cayless, Rauhihi, Lauitiiti.

Referee: Tim Mander (Australia)




WATCH AND LISTEN
Interview: Great Britain coach Brian Noble


Report: BBC Five Live's Graham Colley



2004 TRI-NATIONS

LATEST NEWS

Saturday, 13 November 2010
Australia 12 - 16
(6 - 6)
New Zealand R
Tries:
Tate, Slater
  Tries:
Kenny-Dowall, Nightingale, Fien
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 2
  Goals:
Marshall 2

Suncorp Stadium

Saturday, 06 November 2010
England 36 - 10
(24 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Robinson 2, Clubb 4, Harrison
  Tries:
Aizue, Yere
 
 
 
Goals:
Westwood 3, Widdop
  Goals:
Aiye

Eden Park

New Zealand 20 - 34
(10 - 18)
Australia R
Tries:
Pritchard, Nightingale, Kenny-Dowall
  Tries:
Cronk, Morris 2, Tate, Boyd, Lawrence
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 5
  Goals:
Smith 3, Carney 2

Eden Park

Sunday, 31 October 2010
Australia 34 - 14
(26 - 8)
England R
Tries:
Lewis 2, Slater, Tate, Tonga, Tuqiri
  Tries:
Burgess, Robinson
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 5
  Goals:
Westwood 2, Cudjoe

AAMI Park

Saturday, 30 October 2010
New Zealand 76 - 12
(46 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Perrett 3, Smith 3, Sa'u 3, Hohaia, Eastwood, Luke, Nightingale, Manu
  Tries:
Yere, Nami
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 8, Luke 2
  Goals:
Tongia 2

International Stadium

Sunday, 24 October 2010
Australia 42 - 0
(26 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Slater, Tate, Cronk, Tonga 2, Morris, Smith, Lockyer
 
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 5
 

Parramatta Stadium

Saturday, 23 October 2010
New Zealand 24 - 10
(12 - 0)
England R
Tries:
Sa'u, Hohaia, Kenny-Dowall, Marshall
  Tries:
Roby, Widdop
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 4
  Goals:
Widdop

Westpac Stadium

Saturday, 16 October 2010
New Zealand Maori 18 - 18
(0 - 18)
England R
Tries:
Thompson, Heremaia, Taumata
  Tries:
Atkins, S Tomkins, O'Loughlin
 
 
 
Goals:
Locke 3
  Goals:
Widdop 3


Wednesday, 06 October 2010
Wales 6 - 13
(6 - 6)
Italy R
Tries:
Thomas
  Tries:
Caligari, Falcone
 
  Drop-goals:
Stewart
 
Goals:
Reece
  Goals:
Mantellato 2

Racecourse Ground

Saturday, 12 June 2010
England 60 - 6
(34 - 6)
France R
Tries:
Widdop, Briscoe, S Tomkins 4, Shenton 2, Ellis 2, Bridge
  Tries:
Bentley
 
 
 
Goals:
Sinfield 6, Widdop 2
  Goals:
Mounis

Leigh Sports Village


ROBBIE PAUL'S COLUMN

SQUADS IN PROFILE

SQUAD SELECTOR

INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other Sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport