Nikorima praises English game

Man of the match in the final Test at Elland Road, Kodi Nikorima has praised the English side after they lifted the Baskerville Shield.

England won the opening two games of the series to clinch it with a game to spare and Nikorima believes that all the English players could play in the NRL.

“I learnt a lot about England just watching them in the World Cup,” said the Kiwi.

“You always have to put your best foot forward when you play them. No doubt, most of them, in fact, all of them, would crack it in the NRL.

32,186 fans turned up in Leeds yesterday and Nikorima praised the atmosphere they created.

“I love the fans over here,” he continued.

“They’re very vocal. They sing songs all the way through, they call people’s names. It’s honestly great for the game.”

“I wish they did that back in Oz to be honest with you. It just shows how much they love their game over here and I hope we can continue to build the international game, because the people over here will benefit from it.”

“I’m all for more Test match footy and it would be good to take it back next year.”

Meanwhile, the halfback was pleased that his side were able to end the series on a high.

“We spoke this week about being disappointed at losing the series, but it was another Test and we really wanted to win so we’re really happy right now to have got the win and we’ll continue to build moving forward.

“We completed really well. Early on we didn’t, we dropped two balls coming out of our end. We fixed that up, I spoke to Shaun (Johnson) after we turned them away and said we had to get our kick away.

“That’s the key in Test footy. Last week we had seven errors coming out of our own end against a quality side like England. I’m glad we fixed that up and we’re looking to build on that now.