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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 October 2006, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
New Zealand 18-14 Great Britain
By Julian Shea

Motu Tony scores New Zealand's second try
Tony's try came just after the disputed decision against GB

New Zealand: (6) 18
Tries: Webb, Tony, Soliola.
Goals: Jones (3)

Great Britain: (2) 14
Tries: Wellens, Ellis
Goals: Long (2), McGuire

Great Britain were left to rue a video replay decision that went against them as they lost to New Zealand in their opening Tri-Nations Series game.

Brent Webb's try put the Kiwis ahead at half-time but Danny McGuire came close to putting the Lions back in the match.

As he went over the line, the ball looked to be punched from his grasp by Webb but no penalty try was given.

Motu Tony and Iosia Soliola added tries for the Kiwis before Paul Wellens and Gareth Ellis narrowed the gap late on.

Reigning Tri-Nations champions New Zealand came into the match at the Jade Stadium in Christchurch eager to make up for defeats against Australia in the opening two games of this year's tournament.

And the visitors were keen to avoid losing their opening match of the tournament to the Kiwis again, having done so last year.


Adrian Morley served notice in the opening minutes when he was put on report after thundering high into Kiwi skipper Ruben Wiki.

Sean Long was first to trouble the scorers on 13 minutes, kicking a penalty after Jerome Ropati flopped onto a completed tackle, but that was the only kick at goal either side had in the first half.

Try-scoring chances were also thin on the ground, and the only one that was converted in an evenly-fought first half came on 27 minutes.

Lee Gilmour fends off Stacey Jones
Lee Gilmour fends off Stacey Jones
With Great Britain bearing down on the goalline, Martin Gleeson kicked the ball through only for it to be gathered by Webb, who brushed off Brian Carney's challenge to sprint almost the whole length of the field and score.

The visitors ended the first half on the attack and continued after the restart, climaxing in a dancing move by Leon Pryce to set up McGuire to go over under the posts.

As McGuire crossed the line, Webb seemed to knock the ball out of his hands, but the video referee ruled against Great Britain.

Within minutes, the home side increased their advantage when Tony burst over the line under the posts to round off a neat close-passing move.

Morley, already on report, was lucky to stay on the pitch after clearly punching Webb before Soliola powered over the line to stretch the lead still further.

McGuire's beautifully angled kick-through set up Wellens to score as the visitors raised their game in the dying moments, and Long's chip forward set up Ellis to score right on the final whistle.

But time was not on their side and they were left to rue what might have been, while the Kiwis enjoyed their first win of the tournament.

Great Britain's next game is against Australia in Sydney on 4 November.

There will be highlights of the game on BBC Two on Sunday 29 October at 1400GMT

New Zealand: Webb, Tupou, Vagana, Soliola, Vatuvei, Ropati, Jones, Wiki (capt), Fien, Asotasi, Kidwell, Pritchard, Mannering.
Interchange: Tony, N Cayless, J Cayless, Fa'alogo.

Great Britain: Wellens, Carney, Gleeson, Senior, Pryce, McGuire, Long, Fielden, Newton, Morley, Ellis, Peacock (capt), O'Loughlin.
Interchange: Roby, Carvell, Hock, Gilmour.

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