England v New Zealand 3rd Test Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Can Kiwis salvage pride?

James Wells 7 Nov 2018
England and New Zealand

England have wrapped up the series after two narrow wins and chase a clean sweep over New Zealand when the sides meet at Elland Road in Leeds on Sunday.

For the second week in a row, the Kiwis led England after 60 minutes, and for the second straight week, it was England who delivered in the final quarter, securing a series victory with a 20-14 win at Anfield. 

New Zealand came out of the gate early, taking the lead in the eighth minute, reinforced early in the second half with a try in the 44th. But from there it was all England, scoring three unanswered tries in the final 25 minutes.

The Kiwis looked the more capable team in the first game despite the result, and the same held true last weekend. They looked the stronger team, more physical, more enterprising. More tackle breaks, nearly nine extra metres per set on average, a better effective tackle percentage, but again the Kiwis lost three key stats. Errors, penalties and the scoreboard. Four of those errors came in the final 20, along with one penalty, as the visitors hammered the nail into their own coffin. 

The hosts now find themselves without gargantuan George Burgess, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being found guilty of a wicked eye gouge last week. 

New Zealand find themselves without scintillating winger Jordan Rapana who has returned home with a shoulder injury. Already one Burgess down, the loss of George is a huge blow for England who had already been losing the battle upfront, his absence offering a no doubt welcomed reprieve for the Kiwi big men. 
Rapana has cemented himself as one of the premier wingers in the world, however, the Kiwis do have some depth in this spot, most notably gun rookie Jamayne Isaako. The Broncos youngster was brilliant in his first season in the NRL and it seems only a matter of time before he is a mainstay in the Kiwi team.

New Zealand have the talent and tools to beat England, what they haven't shown they can do is display those attributes for an 80 minute period. With the series wrapped up, England may just ease off the gas a little. The Kiwis meanwhile still have a lot to play for. 

Returning home without a win will not be acceptable. After their disastrous World Cup campaign, fan morale was at a drastic low. They procured some good faith with the win against Australia, but that will have long evaporated if they can't come back home with something. 

Michael Maguire has been championing a change in the Kiwi outfit, building a side to move forward. Some of the more experienced members of the squad will be under a lot of pressure to keep their spot if they can't get some success here.

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