Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Makinson magic helps England to series victory

Makinson magic helps England to series victory

TV footage appeared to show the Dewsbury-born player gouge an eye of Kiwi captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak during a tackle in the 60th minute of England's 20-14 win.

Just as last week's first test was tight, New Zealand won an even closer game 17-16 in Huddersfield two years ago and the Kiwis will have to go some to stop England taking the series on Sunday afternoon.

Watene-Zelezniak confirmed the fingers of Burgess plunged into his eye but brushed it off in his post-match interviews. "I have no idea [if it was an eye gouge] I'll have to watch it back".

"I'm sure he didn't do it on objective him and his brothers are good guys and they've done really good things for the game".

Loose forward Luke Thompson didn't take a step backwards, making many metres during the match, and Jonny Lomax not only swept up at the back effectively but was involved in many of England's penetrating moves at the other end of the park.

"Him and his brothers are good guys and they've done really good things for the game". He's a big boy with some big fingers so his hand on my face probably covers it all. "That was our second game of the autumn so that'll help us a little bit and I expect the quality of football will definitely be there".

"It's global football, I'm an adult so can take those things".

"It's a great three-match series, I just hope the global federation has a strong meeting and stand up for the game, give us the products we all want to see - worldwide football played by the very best".

"I didn't know about Tom until we took him to America and realised he was pretty special then".

"These boys are earning them and I don't want to take them off them".

It was Makinson, magnificent in defence as well as attack, who had the final say with the best of his three tries six minutes from time, sealing the Baskerville Shield with one Test to play at Elland Road next Sunday.

England coach Wayne Bennett said, despite wrapping up the series with a game to spare, he would be loathe to make any changes for the third Test, although he will have to find a replacement for hooker Daryl Clark after he broke a rib at Anfield.

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