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Debutants Esan Marsters and Ken Maumalo both gained almost 190 metres while James Fisher-Harris, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves led the defensive effort in the Kiwis’ 18-36 loss to England in Saturday’s historic Test at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Centre Marsters, who scored the first try of the Test, finished with 188 metres from 13 runs while wing Maumalo had 187 metres from 18 carries.

Fisher-Harris topped the tackle count with 36 while Asofa-Solomona tallied 35 and Waerea-Hargreaves 34.

In the team stats, the Kiwis had to put up with a lopsided penalty count which ran 10-3 in England’s favour while they led the line breaks 7-4 and the off loads 27-11.

 

MATCH DETAILS

At Mile High Stadium, Denver

New Zealand Kiwis 18 (Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2, Esan Marsters tries; Jamayne Isaako 3 conversions).

England 36 (Eliott Whitehead 2, John Bateman, Ryan Hall, Jake Connor, Tommy Makinson tries; Gareth Widdop 2 conversions, 2 penalties).

Halftime: 12-10 Kiwis.

Referee: Ben Thaler (England).

New Zealand Kiwis | Dallin Watene-Zelezniak; Jamayne Isaako, Esan Marsters, Peta Hiku, Ken Maumalo; Blake Green, Shaun Johnson; Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Issac Luke, Nelson Asofa-Solomona; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Joseph Tapine; Martin Taupau. Interchange: James Fisher-Harris, Slade Griffin, Herman Ese’ese, Leeson Ah Mau.

England | Stefan Ratchford; Jermaine McGillvary, John Bateman, Mark Percival, Ryan Hall; Jonny Lomax, Gareth Widdop; Chris Hill, James Roby, James Graham; Sam Burgess, Elliott Whitehead; Sean O’Loughlin (c). Interchange: Jake Connor, Thomas Burgess, Tommy Makinson, Scott Taylor.

 

STATS

 

Team:

Penalties | 3-10.

Completions | 20/32 (62%); 30/36 (83%)

Total metres | 1721-1844

Kicks | 11-16

Kicking metres | 334-409

Errors | 11-7

Line breaks | 7-4

Line break assists | 5-2

Tackles | 321-269

Missed tackles |50-44

Ineffective tackles | 13-36

Off loads | 27-11

Individual:

Most metres |

Kiwis: Esan Marsters 188, Ken Maumalo 187, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 176, Nelson Asofa-Solomona 143, Jamayne Isaako 117

England: Jermaine McGillvary 191, Sam Burgess 189, Elliott Whitehead 155, Ryan Hall 149, Thomas Burgess 148

Most post-contact metres |

Kiwis: Ken Maumalo 75, Nelson Asofa-Solomona 56, Joseph Tapine 44, Raymond Faitala-Mariner 39, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 37

England: Sam Burgess 58, Jermaine McGillvary 57, Thomas Burgess 47, Ryan Hall 40, Scott Taylor 30, Chris Hill 30

Most runs |

Kiwis: Ken Maumalo 18, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 17, Jamayne Isaako 13, Esan Marsters 13, Nelson Asofa-Solomona 13, Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13

England: Jermaine McGillvary 19, Sam Burgess 19, Ryan Hall 16, John Bateman 13, Elliott Whitehead 12, Thomas Burgess 12

Most tackle breaks |

Kiwis: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 8, Esan Marsters 6, Issac Luke 5

England: Ryan Hall 7, Tommy Makinson 7

Most tackles |

Kiwis: James Fisher-Harris 36, Nelson Asofa-Solomona 35, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 34, Issac Luke 29, Joseph Tapine 27

England: James Graham 39, James Roby 32, Sean O’Loughlin 25, Chris Hill 25, Scott Taylor 24

Off loads |

Kiwis: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 5, Esan Marsters 4, Martin Taupau 3

England: Elliott Whitehead 4, John Bateman 3

Most supports |

Kiwis: Kodi Nikorima 15, Te Maire Martin 13, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 13

England: Stefan Ratchford 22, Jake Connor 14, Gareth Widdop 12

Most decoys |

Kiwis: James Fisher-Harris 5, Nelson Asofa-Solomona 5, Leeson Ah Mau 4

England: James Graham 7, Elliott Whitehead 6, Thomas Burgess 4

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