O'Loughlin happy to end barren run


England captain Sean O'Loughlin was delighted to end eight years of hurt as his side claimed a series victory over New Zealand on Saturday.

Not since 2007 - when Great Britain completed a clean sweep against the Kiwis - has a home nation claimed a series win against New Zealand or Australia.

However, a 20-14 win in Wigan earned England a 2-1 victory overall.

"It seems a long, long time ago that we last got our hands on something," O'Loughlin told BBC Sport.

"It's been a special few weeks with the boys. We had a great start. Bit shaky last week but the response the boys gave today was fantastic."

Man of the Series O'Loughlin scored the last of England's three tries at the DW Stadium, after Elliott Whitehead had touched down twice.

"It's nice to get a try any time but for England at your own ground, it's great."

New Zealand captain Adam Blair, meanwhile, bemoaned his side's lack of discipline.

"Discipline was the difference in the end," he said. "The English boys had an outstanding series.

"It was a tough series but overall we've dug deep and it went down to the wire tonight but we came up short."