England hero Whitehead could not remember crucial second try


England match-winner Elliott Whitehead conceded he could not remember his crucial second try in their 20-14 defeat of New Zealand, which clinched victory in the three-match Test series.

Whitehead's first try and a Gareth Widdop penalty gave England an 8-6 lead at half-time in a thrilling decider at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

And the second row, who will move to Canberra Raiders from Super League side Catalans Dragons for the 2016 NRL season, put England in command in the 62nd minute.

The 26-year-old powered past a series of New Zealand defenders to touch down, with captain Sean O'Loughlin then seemingly ending the match as a contest with England's third try.

Late New Zealand four-pointers from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jordan Kahu set up a tense finish, but England held on to clinch a 2-1 series success.

Asked about his pivotal second score, Whitehead said: "I don't know, I can't remember it."

On the series victory, he added: "It's a good achievement for all the boys.

"I think we had belief in the camp all the way through the series and we knew if we could keep hold of the ball we could get more points and win the game.

"We knew it was going to be a test all the way through, they [New Zealand] showed that right until the end, [but we] got there in the end."