Great Britain clinched their first home series against New Zealand in 24 years with a 10-6 win over the Kiwis at Central Park, Wigan in front of a crowd of 20,346.
Fans gave Britain a standing ovation after a magnificent defensive effort, with the second half finishing scoreless.
British winger, Martin Offiah was named man of the match, as much for his defence as his scintillating attack, which netted him one of the Lions’ two tries.
Kiwi second rower, Kurt Sorenson was sent to the sin by Australian referee, Greg McCallum after just three minutes following an incident which left British halfback, Andy Gregory dazed and sore.
McCallum refereed all three Tests, with the Kiwis winning 24-16 in the opening clash at Old Trafford, while the Poms returned serve with a 26-6 result at Elland Road, Leeds.
The teams for deciding Test were:
Great Britain: Alan Tait; Phil Ford, Paul Newlove, Paul Loughlin, Martin Offiah; Shaun Edwards, David Hulme; Kelvin Skerrett, Paul Hulme, Andy Platt, Andy Goodway, Roy Powell, Mike Gregory. Res: Joe Lydon, David Hobbs, Deryck Fox, Keith England. Coach, Mal Reilly.
New Zealand: Tony Kemp; Kevin Iro, Dean Bell, Darrell Williams, Gary Mercer; Kelly Shelford, Gary Freeman; Brent Todd, Duane Mann, Esene Faimalo, Kurt Sorensen, Sam Stewart, Hugh McGahan (c). Res: Kurt Sherlock, Dean Clark, Francis Leoti, Mike Kuiti.
Coach: Tony ‘Tank’ Gordon.
Shaun Edwards was Great Britain’s Man of the Series while Gary Mercer was the Kiwis’ top man.
The Kiwis had wins over club sides Castleford, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Hull, Widnes and Featherstone Rovers, but lost to St Helens and Wigan. They also beat a Cumbrian County selection.
New Zealand were undefeated in France, beating the French in both Tests in Carcassonne, and also accounting for Midi-Pyrenees in Toulouse; L’Aude Province in Carcassonne and France B in Albi.
A scheduled match against Cote d’Azure in Avignon was cancelled when the Kiwi’s bus became entangled in a massive motorway traffic jam.