Makinson Hat-Trick Earns England Anfield Victory And Test

This was a highly impressive England victory against a more than capable Kiwi team and featuring the phenomenal all round ability of winger Tommy Makinson.

He was nothing short of sensational with his beautifully taken treble and some world class defence.

His ball and all tackle on Kevin Proctor was insane and brilliant and saved a try for sure. Saints fans will be fully aware of the skill set of Makinson but he has firmly announced his arrival on the world stage.

Jake Connor provided the other England score as well as providing the perfect service for his wing man Makinson. This victory clinched the series for the English with a 40,000 attendance predicted for Elland Road next week in expectation of a 3-0 whitewash .

This was a fantastic game played with pace, passion, energy and pure physical effort and the English have found another world class forward in Luke Thompson. This is a bloke at 17 stone of blistering pace for a big man who simply hammered the kiwis with every tackle.

Connor opened the scoring with a penalty goal ,before the elusive Dallin Watene-Zelezniak responded with a rapier like run to split the home defence. The Kiwi captain has speed , and runs at beautiful angles and this score was almost impossible to stop. With a Shaun Johnson conversion the Kiwis were in the ascendancy in front of a passionate Anfield crowd.

Just before the interval a scintillating back line movement saw George Williams provide a wonderful pass to Makinson who finished with pace in the corner

6-6 at half time and a test match right out of the top drawer.

It was nt long into the second half when that man Watene-Zelezniak Again broke the English line and ran a beautifully angled line before providing a superb pass for his winger Ken Maumalo to finish in the corner. Shaun Johnson converted and added a penalty and the Kiwis were looking good at 14-6.

Then that wonderful Makinson score after a world class passing sequence from Johnny Lomax and Jake Connor. The final off load from Connor was that quick that if you blinked you would miss it. Totally outstanding

The English forwards were playing it tough and look like one hell of a strong combination . Man mountain Tom Burgess was held up over the line and both brothers are now the equal of Sam, their more famous and acclaimed elder brother.

A few minutes later and Jake Connor Brought the scores level with a nice try of his own. The English had turned the game upside down by this stage and the forwards were dominating with strong performances from the whole pack as well as the bench.

Then the Anfield crowd stood in awe at the superb final score from Makinson. he gathered the ball out wide and beat defenders with a blistering infield run to the line , before stretching out for a quite remarkable score.

This was all England’s prayers answered. The defensive structure was outstanding, and the tackling shook the Kiwis to the core. The Kiwis themselves handed out plenty of punishment to Sam Tomkins and Tommy Makinson but that hugely impressive English pack dominated the latter stages.

In Watene-Zelezniak and Brandon Smith the visitors have two very dangerous players but England can stride with confidence towards Elland Road next week and a series white wash .

England: J Lomax (St Helens); J McGillvary (Huddersfield), O Gildart (Wigan), J Connor (Hull), T Makinson (St Helens); G Williams (Wigan), S Tomkins (Wigan); T Burgess (South Sydney), J Hodgson (Canberra), J Graham (St George Illawarra, capt), E Whitehead (Canberra), J Bateman (Wigan), L Thompson (St Helens).

Interchange: D Clark (Warrington), C Hill (Warrington), G Burgess (South Sydney), A Milner (Castleford).

New Zealand: D Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith, capt); K Maumalo (NZ Warriors), E Marsters (Wests Tigers), J Manu (Sydney Roosters), J Rapana (Canberra); S Johnson (NZ Warriors), K Nikorima (Brisbane); J Bromwich (Melbourne), B Smith (Melbourne), J Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), K Proctor (Gold Coast), I Liu (Sydney Roosters), A Blair (NZ Warriors).

Interchange: K Bromwich (Melbourne), L Ah Mau (St George Illawarra), M Taupau (Manly), J Fisher-Harris (Penrith).

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