Ferres double helps England to opening Test victory

ENGLAND won the first match of the autumn Test series as they came from behind to defeat New Zealand 26-12.

Tries from Josh Hodgson, Brett Ferres (2) and captain Sean O’Loughlin moved England to within one victory of winning the Test series against the world’s best side, despite trailing 10-0 after sixteen minutes.

Tries from New Zealand forwards Tohu Harris and Sam Moa gave the Kiwis an early lead before tries through Hodgson and Ferres, sandwiched either side of an Issac Luke penalty, left the game evenly poised at 12-12 going into the break.

However, 14 unanswered second-half points gave England victory. Gareth Widdop put England in front with a penalty before Ferres’ second and a late try for O’Loughlin secured England the win.

To read a full report of England’s victory over New Zealand, buy League Express, available in all good newsagents tomorrow.