Rugby League: Brits Face Kiwi Rout; Great Britain 16 New Zealand 36.
The Kiwis swept to a record fifth successive win over Great Britain at Bolton on Saturday after the most humiliating 40 minutes in our Test history.
New Zealand boss Frank Endacott promised: "We won't be taking our foot off the gas next week.
"We're going for six victories in a row and even world champions Australia couldn't have lived with our second- half show."
Any credibility the British game has regained in the 12 months since the World Club Challenge shambles was blown away at Bolton.
The Brits, spurred on by a capacity 27,884 crowd, looked set to erase the memory of the 22-16 first Test defeat when they deservedly led 16- 8 at the break.
But then it all went so horribly wrong!
The Kiwis, inspired by Stacey Jones, ran in five tries without reply as they swept to their biggest-ever win over Great Britain in 90 years.
Skipper Andy Farrell admitted: "It was the worst 40 minutes of my life and I honestly don't know how it happened.
"Our game plan went out of the window and now we have to regain our pride at Watford. We didn't throw in the towel, but when the Kiwis went on a roll we couldn't stop them."
Endacott added:"We could tell Britain were fired up by their eyes before the start.
"But sometimes when a side is so focused they can't maintain that intensity for 80 minutes."
Iestyn Harris justified his call-up with a glorious try, but Jason Robinson's solo touchdown was even better - and a certain contender for try of the season.
But, with four forwards on the bench, coach Andy Goodway couldn't mix- and-match like Endacott, who introduced Henry Paul at half-time with devastating effect.
Now Sean Long must be included in the squad for Watford with Paul Newlove and Adrian Morley, who both pulled out before the kick-off, unlikely to be fit for the third Test.
Newlove suffered an Achilles tendon injury at training on Tuesday but St Helens refused to allow the world's most expensive player to have pain- killing injections.
Britain didn't miss Newlove in the first half with deputy Keith Senior making several surging runs.
But a video nasty early in the second half, when Britain led 16-14, sparked a collapse.
Man-of-the-match Richie Barnett was awarded a try from a Jones kick after the third official took an eternity before ruling the full back was not offside.
Then Harris had the ball punched out in a tackle and Sean Hoppe accepted the gift to stroll 50 yards and set a new record of 16 tries for New Zealand.
GREAT BRITAIN: Radlinski, Robinson, Connolly, Senior, Cummins, Harris, Smith, Cowie, Cunningham, Laughton, Joynt, Sculthorpe, Farrell. Substitutes: O'Connor, Haughton, Gilmour, Howard.
NEW ZEALAND: Barnett, Hoppe, Wiki, K Iro, Halligan, R Paul, Jones, Vagana, Eru, Pongia, Kearney, McCracken, Swann. Substitutes: H Paul, T Iro, Cayless, Puletua.
Referee: Bill Harrigan (Australia).
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|Author:||Burke, David A.|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 9, 1998|
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