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Summary

  1. Full-time: England 2-9 New Zealand
  2. England penalty kicked by Widdop
  3. New Zealand try, Kenny-Dowall
  4. England won first Test of three-match series 26-12
  5. Decider at Wigan on Saturday, 14 November

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

So it wasn't quite the 'Super Saturday' that we hoped for at the Olympic Stadium. More like a 'Scrappy Saturday'. England were unable to beat New Zealand and wrap up a first series win since 2007. That's the bad news. The good news? We're all set for a humdinger of a decider next Saturday, 13:00 GMT sharp. See you then!

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Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach

England can take a lot away in relation to their defence but the Kiwi offload game has been the difference.

New Zealand have improved beyond all recognition but I think England also have some improvement in them.

Next week will be who can attack the best. There isn't much between the teams and that is Test match football at the highest level - maybe just the bounce of a ball.

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Nathan Burnett: I think we got a bit predictable in just trying to storm up the middle let's throw it around give it some width a few offloads too.

Steve: Two great defences on show but the Kiwis' kicking game second half made the difference.England half backs very poor, no creativity, no ideas.

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NZ Kiwis send the series with England into a third-Test decider with a 9-2 victory at London's #OlympicStadium. Tremendous win boys!

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New Zealand centre Dean Whare: "It was a must-win game for us, they got us in the first game, we had to give everything tonight or we knew we would be going home as losers. Credit to all the boys. 

"Last week was a learning process for us. They blew us through the middle, had quick play the ball, it was very different to the NRL. But they couldn't do that this week.

"We can play better 100% next week, we'll up our game. If we get our combinations and execution right."

Hardly a classic

Paul Fletcher

BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium in London

I've yet to meet anybody who did not think that New Zealand did not deserve to win here in London and level the series. I've also to meet anyone who thought that was a particularly memorable game, at least from an attacking perspective.

Next week's game in Wigan is already sold out - and expectations will be high that the match will deliver a lot more than we saw at the Olympic Stadium today.

Player reaction - Kenny-Dowall

England 2-9 New Zealand

New Zealand try-scorer Shaun Kenny-Dowall: "England have got the capability to move the ball, they came through middle today. It will be interesting to see what they do in the third Test. But if they move the ball out then we will be ready for them."

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Martin Malloy: Just because it was low scoring doesn't make it less spectacular great defence is a speciality.

Joshua: Definitely think George Williams needs to be dropped, was lost today.

Stuart Lake: You're not mentioning Luke Gale. He would have won that game for us today. Williams was clueless.

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Jamie Peacock

Former England captain on BBC Red Button

I think the key statistic here is possession. Usually with that amount of possession you would win by three or four scores. That shows the excellent level of defence by England.

Tom Burgess applauds the crowd
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England defended well, but not quite well enough. And they were short of ideas going forward. Not a great combo.

Not only did New Zealand edge the scoreline, they also edged possession (55%) and territory (57%). And they put together 14 repeat sets.

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Phil Halliwell: A flat display by England. great defence. but England need to use the centres and wingers much more.

John O'Connor: One word: Sluggish. No use going hell for leather next week instead -should have wrapped it up. 

John Kelly: England are a better team than for along time, management and tactics letting down.

Coach reaction - McNamara

England 2-9 New Zealand

England coach Steve McNamara: "It was a really tough game. We defended brilliantly most of that game, it was one soft try, but there was nothing between the sides.

"We just did too much defending which took too much juice out of ourselves. We didn't have energy to do anything with the ball. 

"They are a terrific team, but we gave them a start with some of our mistakes at the start of their sets. We've got to get out there next week and win the series."

Coach reaction - Kearney

England 2-9 New Zealand

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney: "I'm Immensely proud of the effort. It was a good old-fashioned Test match. We had a hard look at ourselves earlier in the week and they responded magnificently. 

"Last week we lacked a bit of attitude but today we had attitude. We didn't execute quite how we would have liked but that is testament to England and how they defended.

"I'm pretty sure that's not going to be good enough next weekend though so we'll look to improve again."

Player reaction - O'Loughlin

England 2-9 New Zealand

England captain Sean O'Loughlin: "It was a tough game and those sort of games can go both ways. That's what you expect in an international match. We didn't handle it as well as we did last week, but credit to them. Now we have got some work to do before next weekend's decider."

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England 2-9 New Zealand

Our television colleagues have disappeared from BBC One - but don't fear! Mark Chapman and the crew are now over on Red Button, gleaning all the post-match reaction from the Olympic Stadium. Head over there now.

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New Zealand co-captain Adam Blair: "All week we worked on our defence. We just played for 80 minutes. We had to be patient and kept building pressure.

"We will go back to the drawing board and we can win the series next week."

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England, one. New Zealand, one. Honours are even after two of the three-Test series, setting up a thronker of a decider in Wigan next week.

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The hooter cranks into life and that means it is game over. New Zealand victorious, England beaten. Both sets of players drained.

Dean Whare and Kevin Proctor
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England 2-9 New Zealand

The Kiwis slowly gather their pack. They are not in any rush. Seconds left...

England 2-9 New Zealand

England gamely go on the attack, trying to salvage some pride if not the game. But another handling error, this time from Josh Hodgson, stunts their progress. Kiwi head and feed. Kiwi celebrations. They know it is job done.

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach

We haven't seen the end-to-end classic we had hoped for but take your hats off to both defences for their performances here.

Paul Fletcher

BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium in London

That drop-goal was Jordan Tahu was almost the starting gun for large sections of the crowd.

Most had stuck around hopeful of a late England try but when Tahu took his team's lead to nine point, many were happy to head for the exits.

DROP-GOAL - England 2-9 New Zealand

Jordan Kahu

Game, set and match. Barring a late miracle, this Autumn series is going to a decider in Wigan next week. The Kiwis eye up a drop goal to seal the game, Jordan Kahu doing the job. Collective sigh of disappointment around the Olympic Stadium...

Jordan Kahu
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England 2-8 New Zealand

England know they have got to get to the other end of the field. Quickly. The home side try to run the ball, but are running into dark alleys.

Tohu Harris and Liam Farrell
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Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

You have two opportunities there which should have been scored - one for each side. England have been given a reprieve but they have to step up. 

NO TRY - New Zealand

England 2-8 New Zealand

And, like he did moments earlier against England, the video referee says 'no try' for New Zealand. Kodi Nikorima does slide over the England try-line, but he dived too early as ball touched turf well before the whitewash. On we go....

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Paul Fletcher

BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium in London

Loudest cheer of the day? Isaac Luke missing that penalty.

Or at least until Graham went over. Then it turned to boos as the video ref delayed and delayed his decision.

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England 2-8 New Zealand

The video referee is earning his corn now. Now New Zealand think they are over the England try-line as scrum-half Kodi Nikorima slides over....

Jonathan Davies

Former dual code international

That was the right decision by the referee. There was a comedy of errors out there.

NO TRY - England

England 2-8 New Zealand

Sorry England fans - your team is not back in this game. James Graham did not ground the ball according to the video referee. And you have to say that, despite the howls of derision from the London crowd, is the right decision.

James Graham
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England 2-8 New Zealand

That missed kick by Isaac Luke could be a gamechanger - England are back in this! Well, potentially. Quick-thinking from Josh Hodgson, whose neat grubber kick from five metres out slices apart the Kiwi defence. James Graham dives on the ball - but is it clean?

Jonathan Davies

Former dual code international

At this level that is a bad miss. It should have been an easy kick for someone like Issac Luke and will give England the incentive.

MISSED PENALTY - Isaac Luke

England 2-8 New Zealand

Great chance for New Zealand to sign, seal and deliver the victory. England punished for not releasing in the tackle, simple chance for Isaac Luke in a central position. Oh my! He's missed. Luke's slides his kick wide right of the posts. England breathe a sigh of relief. Game changer?

England 2-8 New Zealand

And, following Paul Fletcher's assessment about errors creeping in, England produce another horror show right on cue. A sloppy pass from George Williams at dummy half leaves Ryan Hall stooping low to grasp the ball. He knocks on inside his own half in a central position.

Paul Fletcher

BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium in London

Plenty of late afternoon sunshine now, plenty of tension too. Errors are starting to creep into this game and one could prove decisive.

Lots of hands on hips by the watching players and staff on the England bench. The Kiwis have not tired as they did last week. Inspiration required.

Tom Burgess
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England 2-8 New Zealand

As the sun sets over the Olympic Stadium, is the sun setting on England's hopes of winning the series today? Time is running out and they don't really look like carving a hole in the Kiwi defence. Josh Hodgson is back on at dummy half, his quick-thinking getting England moving down the right. But Elliott Whitehead cheaply gifts possession back to the Kiwis, trying to offload when the offload wasn't really on.

Jonathan Davies

Former dual code international

England have got to hang on now. Adam Blair is becoming more influential and the Kiwi kicking game has improved greatly.

Momentum will switch back to England and they are not out of it yet.

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England 2-8 New Zealand

Nope, Peta Hiku does not ground the ball properly. Largely thanks to the attentions of England second rower Brett Ferres, who wraps himself around the Kiwi scrum-half. Top defending. 

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England 2-8 New Zealand

New Zealand pile on the pressure, forcing a third consecutive set after Kallum Watkins scoops the ball away from a Kiwi hand ready to touch down. But seconds later, the visitors think they have touched down for their second try of the afternoon. Peta Hiku is over the line - but does he ground the ball? Let's find out....

England 2-8 New Zealand

England, like they were before the break, are hanging on for dear life. A cheeky, no, nonchalant offload from Adam Blair in front of the posts finds Peta Hiku, who kicks for the line. But England full-back Zak Hardaker is alert to kick out.