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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 October 2006, 06:51 GMT 07:51 UK
Christchurch clockwatch

80 mins: There's the final hooter, and GB's 2006 Tri-Nations starts with defeat. It was all about chances taken and chances missed - plus those refereeing decisions...

79 mins: TRY Great work from Long and then Pryce puts Gareth Ellis over. Now that earlier disallowed try for GB is even more important than it was before.

78 mins: Now it's Fielden's turn to spill a straightforward pass. The fatigue is showing in the GB team.

76 mins: Alas - try-scorer Wellens drops the ball on halfway and another chance goes begging.

73 mins: TRY A beautifully-disguised kick from McGuire puts Paul Wellens in and the GB full-back dives over. No issues with the video ref this time. Is there a glimmer of hope for GB?

70 mins: The Kiwi defence is holding firm once again as GB look for a consolation score.

65 mins: TRY Curtains for GB - Pritchard seizes Gareth Ellis's inadvertent knock-back, feeds Iosia Soliola and the NZ no.4 holds off Gleeson to score his side's third try. Jones pots the conversion with ease, and the game has slipped away from GB.

63 mins: Rock-solid Kiwi defence holds GB at bay 10 metres out. The Lions can get down the pitch with ease, but they can't find the final pass.

61 mins: Morley is walking a tightrope here. He snags Webb in a tackle but them responds to a raised elbow with a clout round Webb's ear. The referee reminds him he's on report and makes it clear that any more of that will see him off.

58 mins: Gareth Ellis is held up just short of the Kiwi line as GB press. But once again the ball appears to be stripped from his grasp, and GB have lost possession again.

56 mins: GB won't be able to believe they're 12-2 down. They've dominated the start of both halves, but a combination of controversial refereeing decisions and missed opportunities is costing them dear.

54 mins: TRY It had to come, and it does - Motu Tony times his run onto Dave Kidwell's pass perfectly and smashes through the last tackle for the try. Jones pops over the conversion.

53 mins: Desperate moments for GB, with only two brilliant tackles from Senior keeping NZ at bay. But they're still camped on the GB line.

50 mins: Spot on from referee Simpkins this time - he penalises Carvell for obstruction from Long's faked pass.

47 mins: Webb's at it again - he seems to punch the ball out of the outstanding Gareth Hock's hands, but the referee gives it as a knock-on.

45 mins: McGuire bursts through from Pryce's brilliant run and crosses for what looks like a great try. It goes to the video ref after Brent Webb knocks the ball out before McGuire can ground it - but the ref decides McGuire dropped it. Another hugely contentious decision - McGuire can't believe it.

43 mins: This is much better from GB. Brian Noble has put a rocket under them at half time.

41 mins: Controversy right at the start - Long dinks a little kick through, Jones gathers and is then dragged over his own line, only for Australian referee Paul Simpkins to rule that Jones had already been grounded. Television replays show that he clearly hadn't been.

40 mins: There's the half-time hooter. GB put together their best set of the match so far after a clever long pass from Long and driving run from Pryce. But they're down at the break, and will need to be much more ruthless with their opportunities in the second half.

37 mins: What's going on on the right wing? Now it's Lee Gilmour's turn to fling a careless pass into no man's land, and Carney cannot prevent the ball going into touch.

34 mins: Finally a decent kick on the last tackle from GB - Long hoists a high one and Wellens so nearly snatches it from Vatuvei's grasp.

31 mins: Carney's having a bit of a nightmare - now he loses the ball with three tackles left and GB in a promising position. The Kiwi runners are starting to find space in the midfield.

28 mins: TRY Disaster for GB - Brent Webb picks up a Gleeson kick just in front of his own line, and with the defence right up, dances through a weak Carney tackle and sprints the length of the pitch for a fine breakaway score. That raw pace shows why Leeds Rhinos have signed him up for next season. Jones pops over the conversion and GB are behind.

25 mins: NZ finally get close to the GB line, only for Senior to strip the ball off Stacey Jones. Long then makes a break down the left and is only hauled down just short of the halfway line.

21 mins: Morley and Peacock take a breather on the bench. On come Garreth Carvell and Gareth Hock.

18 mins: Another wasteful use of a great position - Gleeson fails to find Carney five metres out after great work in the build-up by Newton and Senior. On the bright side, GB are dominating the forward battle. But they'll want to start converting these chances into points pretty soon.

16 mins: With four tackles left in the set, the Lions are just 10 metres from the try-line. But a poor, slow pass and a rushed off-load from Long gift NZ the turnaround.

14 mins:First blood to the Lions - Long pops over a 30-metre penalty

13 mins: Keith Senior makes his first barrelling run of the match. He's been switching positions with Leon Pryce early on as GB search for the breakthrough.

10 mins: Big tackle by Stuart Fielden on Wiki. Brian Carney then gets into space after a cute Martin Gleeson off-load, but his chip ahead is gathered easily by the Kiwi defence.

8 mins: GB are keeping control. That Morley tackle apart, there's so far been none of the early biffo that many of us expected.

5 mins: Long makes a break from inside his own half but is hauled back. Newton kicks long and New Zealand waste their six with a kick over the goal line.

3 mins: Almost deja vu for Morley - a high tackle on New Zealand skipper Ruben Wiki brings a penalty and a summons for the referee. British hearts are in mouths, but Morley escapes with a ticking-off.

1 min: We are underway in Christchurch. In front of a sparse crowd, Adrian Morley takes the first tackle. The Lions win a penalty and ask for the ball to be changed - it's too flat for Sean Long's liking.


Prop Stuart Fielden and winger Brian Carney are both included as Great Britain look for a winning start in their first Tri-Nations game of 2006.

Jerome Ropati partners Stacey Jones at half-back and Nigel Vagana moves to the centres as New Zealand make changes for the big clash in Christchurch.

Reigning champions New Zealand need a win after losing their opening two games to Australia.

With just minutes till kick-off, the crowd is growing at the Jade Stadium.


New Zealand: Webb, Tupou, Vagana, Soliola, Vatuvei, Ropati, Jones, Wiki (captain), 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 (captain), O'Loughlin.
Interchange: Roby, Carvell, Hock, Gilmour.



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