4th November 2018, 16:40 | englandrl

England win test series against New Zealand

England win test series against New Zealand

Tommy Makinson scored a hat-trick of tries as England beat New Zealand 20-14 at Anfield to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The St Helens winger completed his treble with seven minutes remaining to ensure Wayne Bennett's side headed to Elland Road next week with the series already wrapped up.

After an early Jake Connor penalty, New Zealand opened up a 6-2 lead courtesy of a try from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

But England went into half-time level as the impressive Makinson produced a classy finish in the corner.

The Kiwis needed just five minutes of the second half to go in front again as Ken Maumalo went over and then Shaun Johnson, who converted both tries, kicked a penalty.

Yet England came roaring back and Makinson finished off another flowing move in the corner to make it 14-10.

Connor missed the conversion but made amends when scoring his fourth try in as many international appearances, shrugging off a defender to touch down and level the scores.

The Hull player hit the post with the conversion but Makinson won it with another super finish after breaking through the tourists' defence.

Tommy Makinson said: "It was a special moment, I really enjoyed it. Three tries in three England appearances means a lot to me.

"To get over the line with team spirit was a good performance. I've never been involved as much as that, when you put on that shirt - you give your best! 

"It was a good performance, not just by myself, but everyone. I don't think he (Wayne Bennett) gets the credit he deserves, what he's doing is special and he fills us all with confidence."