Kearney ‘immensely proud’ after Kiwis win


New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney was delighted with his side’s attitude after they levelled the Test series with England.

Restricting the hosts to just a penalty goal throughout, a second-half try and drop goal handed the world’s highest-ranked side a much needed victory, with both teams now preparing for a winner-takes-all showdown at Wigan next Saturday.

And Kearney was thrilled that the Kiwis managed to take the series to a decider.

“I’m immensely proud of the effort tonight,” said Kearney

“I thought it was a real good, old-fashioned test match tonight and it went down to the last couple of minutes. That’s what Test match footy is all about. I’m really proud of the boys. We had a real hard look at ourselves earlier on in the week and we responded fantastic tonight.

“I’ve never doubted the skill or the talent of the individuals in the group. I thought last week we lacked a bit of attitude, but tonight we had attitude. At times we probably didn’t execute the way we would like, but that’s testament to England. I think both teams defended their line a lot and that’s an indicator of what tonight was about.”