JOSH Hodgson’s try was in vain as Great Britain were doomed to their third defeat of three tour games.
Shaun Johnson toasted his return to the Kiwis’ side by grabbing a try as they threatened to cut loose.
Hooker Hodgson went over the line as the Lions attempted to come back from 20-2 down – but, as ever, mistakes cost Great Britain.
Now it is on to Papua New Guinea as they attempt to avoid a full set of losses.
Great Britain boss Wayne Bennett was forced to raid his ranks as he searched for the first win of the tour at the third attempt.
Back-rower Jack Hughes started at centre and stand-off Blake Austin was on the wing and the Kiwis wasted no time in targeting the Warrington star with high kicks.
Sure enough, a spill led to the opening points of the game and he was dragged out of play metres from his own line.
From the second, Joseph Manu scored the opening try but three Jamayne Isaako penalties put Michael Maguire’s side in control.
In the week Sonny Bill Williams returned to the 13-a-side code, another Kiwi magician, Johnson, dazzled by stepping through the line to touch down.
Once Ken Maumalo touched down, the game looked over. It would have taken something special to come back from this.
Hodgson touched down after Josh Jones’ offload but that was only a temporary relief for fans who had travelled to Christchurch.
John Bateman was millimetres from another try and just like last week, Britain pounded the line late on, helped by Daryl Clark’s introduction off the bench.
However, Isaako made it a 11-point haul with a drop goal to add to five goals – Austin’s spill with the try line begging summed the display up.
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