GB skipper admits slow start cost them as Kiwis seal series win

Great Britain captain James Graham admitted a slow start from the Lions contributed in their second Test defeat against New Zealand.

The Kiwis dominated the opening 40 minutes and led 16-2 at the break thanks to tries from Joseph Manu and Shaun Johnson, along with a conversion and three penalties from Jamayne Isaako.

Great Britain, who eventually lost 23-8, improved after the break, but their lack of creativity in the final third saw them only register one try as they lost the series 2-0 and crashed to a third successive defeat on this tour.

Graham told the BBC: “We made a few errors early doors. The Kiwis completed well and had a lot of possession. It was backs to the wall in the first half.

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“If we had played like we did at the start of the second half then it might have been a different story.”

The St George Illawarra Dragons enforcer admits he was proud of his team and believes they can take something from this series.

When asked if he thought the team had improved, he added: “Yes absolutely, it’s been a big test this week. We’ve had a number of injuries and people playing out of position but no-one has complained and we’ve just got on with it.

“We’ve had a lot of debutants throughout the series and a lot of the lads can be proud of the way they have come into this group.”