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England Series Win Overshadowed By Alleged 'Eye-Gouge'

England Series Win Overshadowed By Alleged 'Eye-Gouge'

England forward George Burgess will face a disciplinary hearing over an alleged eye-poking incident during Sunday's victory over New Zealand.

England were twice forced to come from behind after Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak had threatened to win the game by scoring one try and creating one for winger Ken Maumalo.

A hat-trick for Tommy Makinson has helped England to produce a stirring comeback in front of 26,234 at Anfield, to defeat New Zealand 20-14 tonight.

Burgess wasn't penalised on field for the incident, where his finger appeared to come into contact with Watene-Zelezniak's eye. "I have no idea [if it was an eye gouge] I'll have to watch it back".

"I don't think he gets all the credit he deserves, not that he's bothered", said Makinson, whose remarkable entry into global rugby league has earned him a place on the four-man shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boot. He and his brothers are good guys and have done really good things in the game. He's a big boy with some big fingers so his hand on my face probably covers it all.

After the match Watene-Zelezniak was sure Burgess's action was accidental. I don't think that's in their kit bag.

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"He's done it with a lot of lads, I think there's 10 changes to the squad and there's some big names missing out so it's credit to him, he's a pretty special bloke".

"These boys are earning them and I don't want to take them off them".

A grade D offence carries a suspension of three to five matches, which puts Burgess' place in the team for Sunday's third test against the Kiwis at Elland Road in doubt.

Defensively, Makinson also made two crucial bone-crunching tackles in the first half which had they been converted into tries England could conceivably have been 18-2 adrift - and more or less out of contention.

England spent most of the first half defending and, in rare breaks, center Gildart, the match-winner in the first test in Hull, twice spilled the ball.

It went from bad to worse for England when replacement hooker Daryl Clark went off with a rib injury soon after and Johnson nailed a penalty to make it 14-6.


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