England beaten in Test

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The Independent Online

England, ranked fourth in the world, were beaten by the former world champions, New Zealand, 64-62 in the first of a three-match Test series in Dunedin on Tuesday.

England were unable to deal with the Kiwis' power and speed in the first half and trailed 33-17. However, in the third quarter England scored 15 goals to their opponents' 14, but were unable to press home this advantage in the final quarter.

The match was played in front of a crowd of 3,000 and the tour is part of England's build-up to the World Championship in Birmingham from 15 to 29 July.