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Thursday, June 28, 2018

England Beat New Zealand In Denver

By Elie Mpovie

For the first time in fourteen years, a Tier One rugby league international match was played on American soil, instead in Philadelphia like in 2004, the city of Denver hosted New Zealand and England at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. With the attendance of 19,320, this test match set an American record for a rugby league match, previously set in 2008. 

The match started with a bang as the Kiwis of New Zealand would lead 12-0 early with tries by Esan Marsters and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. By the half-hour mark, England would score two tries as well coming from Ryan Hall and Elliot Whitehead. Gareth Widdop would miss the conversion, giving the Kiwis a 12-10 lead at the break. 

Altitude played a big part against New Zealand as England scored two fantastic tries from Whitehead and Jake Connor and two penalty goals coming from Widdop, all within a twelve minute span, as the game opened up to a 26-12 advantage. 

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The Three Lions weren’t done there, Tom Makinson would score on international debut to extend to the England to twenty points with a try and New Zealand tried stopping the bleeding with a try of their own from Watene-Zelezniak. 32-18 to England at this point. John Bateman of England would wrap the test match and the Rugby League International Challenge trophy with a try on full-time, granting England a commanding 36-18 win. 

England 36 

Tries: Whitehead (2), Connor, Makinson, Bateman 
Penalties: Widdop (2/2) 
Conversion: Widdop (4/6) 

New Zealand 18 

Tries: Watene-Zelezniak (2), Marsters 
Conversions: Issako (3/3) 

Attendance: 19,320

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