Thursday 22 March 2018 / 09:05 PM


The Kiwis have a terrible record in the UK over the past decade, winning just two of 12 Tests against England and Australia in the Old Dart.

But one of those victories provided one of the greatest moments in the history of international rugby league.

Ahead of the crunch England-New Zealand clash at Huddersfield on Sunday morning (AEDT), Flashback Friday revisits the nations’ epic 2013 World Cup semi-final at Wembley, regarded as one of the best Tests ever played.

Superstar forwards Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams turned on a spectacular individual duel, and it appeared that the Englishman would emerge victorious after his 67th-minute try put the hosts 18-14 in front.

SBW dropped a potential match-winner with two and a half minutes to go, unable to control a bomb on the England try-line – but the Kiwis had one more trump card to up their sleeve.

Halfback Shaun Johnson took the ball at first-receiver, produced two mind-boggling steps, and raced over for the equaliser with 20 seconds on the clock. Amidst the euphoria, Johnson still had to kick the conversion to win the game, which he coolly did to send the Kiwis into the final against Australia.

[YouTube – RugbyLeagueTV]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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