George Burgess: England forward to face disciplinary hearing over 'eye-poke'

George Burgess: England forward to face disciplinary hearing over 'eye-poke'

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has come to the defence of George Burgess with the South Sydney prop likely to face scrutiny for a potential eye-gouging incident.

The England v New Zealand rugby league betting odds have the Kiwis as slight favourites at 13/20 and England at 6/5.

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Tomkins' early try in the opening exchanges of last Saturday's slug match set England on their way, putting New Zealand on the back foot nearly immediately.

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New Zealand started strongly at the home of Liverpool FC and dominated the first half.

Deft passes from fullback Jonny Lomax and Connor got Makinson over for his second try in the 56th, and Tom Burgess bundled his way over the line three minutes later only to be held up in a three-man tackle.

England seized the momentum and kept the pressure on, with only courageous defence holding Tom Burgess up over the line.

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The score was level 6-6 at half-time, and the New Zealanders jumped to a 14-6 lead not long later.

"I'm sure he didn't do it on objective", the Penrith fullback said.

A brilliant no-look offload from Connor set up Makinson for his second four- pointer and cut the deficit to just four points.

Connor paid tribute to Makinson's try-scoring abilities, saying: 'Tommy's one of the best wingers I've played with.

England face New Zealand at Anfield knowing that a win on Merseyside would see them win the series with a test to spare.

"The boys have had to learn some pretty harsh lessons over the last two games about what Test football is all about".

"I don't think he gets all the credit he deserves, not that he's bothered", said Makinson, whose remarkable entry into worldwide rugby league has earned him a place on the four-man shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boot.

Should England beat the New Zealand on Sunday, it would be only the second time that the Kiwis have lost to a British squad in three consecutive matches.

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