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Kiwis to set up series decider

Kiwis to set up series decider

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It was a thrilling and tense first Test in Hull and Anfield will host the second instalment as England and New Zealand prepare to do battle on Sunday.

England got the three-match series off to the perfect start at the KCOM with an 18-16 victory, but the Kiwis should come back stronger on Merseyside this weekend.

New Zealand to win @ 10/19

England have lost a big presence in the form of Wigan Warriors skipper Sean O’Loughlin due to a calf injury and there are some doubts over whether or not the veteran forward will be fit for the third and final Test at Elland Road on November 11.

St George Illawarra Dragons prop James Graham takes on the armband in his hometown of Liverpool, with a series win potentially 80 minutes away for Wayne Bennett’s side.

England did remarkably to edge the first encounter, with Oliver Gildart scoring a stunning try to give the hosts the win.

New Zealand -3.5 Handicap FT @ 50/69

Meanwhile, the Kiwis have been boosted after veteran prop Adam Blair recovered from his knee injury and he should give the visitors some extra go-forward in the pack.

Playmaker Shaun Johnson will once again be looking to find weaknesses in the England defence and don’t be surprised to see Sydney Roosters star Joseph Manu have an impressive game.

It might have been first blood to England, but New Zealand are more than capable of levelling up the series ahead of what could be a thrilling decider in West Yorkshire next week.

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Alex Jack As a regular at Murrayfield and Headingley, Alex's knowledge of both Rugby Union and Rugby League is undoubted. He also takes in plenty of Football League action and particularly specialises in Championship betting.