New Zealand sealed a 2-0 series whitewash of Great Britain Lions with an accomplished 23-8 victory in Christchurch on Saturday.
Shaun Johnson made the most of his recall and Jamayne Isaako added 11 points from the tee as the Kiwis compounded Great Britain’s miserable visit to the Southern Hemisphere.
Injuries have plagued the Lions’ tour and Wayne Bennett had to do without Zak Hardaker and Joe Philbin, along with outside backs Oliver Gildart and Ryan Hall.
That forced Australian-born Blake Austin into an unfamiliar position on the wing and the debutant’s first act was to drop Johnson’s high bomb.
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Isaako and Gareth Widdop traded early penalties before Cronulla Sharks star Johnson set up Joseph Manu for the opening try.
Johnson himself crossed in the 33rd minute and an excellent Ken Maumalo finish in the corner helped extend the hosts’ lead to 18 points shortly after half-time.
Josh Jones’ intelligent offload for a Josh Hodgson try gave Great Britain a flicker of hope but Isaako’s late field goal and another penalty at the end extinguished all chance of a comeback.
The 15-point defeat, which followed a 12-8 loss in Auckland, means the Lions remain winless after three matches of their tour, which ends against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby next weekend.