The tone was set early on, with both teams looking tentative in attack. England went into a 2-0 lead on seven minutes, with Gareth a Widdop penalty.
New Zealand levelled matters up at 2-2 after 13 minutes, Luke kicking a penalty from in front of the sticks, after a period when the Kiwis’ off-loading game began to splutter into life.
Defence was to the fore from both teams, with wrestle in the tackle rather than big hits dominating in the early stages.
But the New Zealanders kept on probing, and continued to build pressure without looking as incisive as they can do.
A superb hit from George Williams capped a fine defensive effort from the English to keep the Kiwis out.
The last tackle plays from the Kiwis were poor, and England struggled to find fluency in attack, meaning the half ended at 2-2.
The Kiwis lack of fluency in attack continued to hand opportunities to England, but they struggled to take them.
Every time New Zealand began to look threatening, they came up with an error.
That started to change after the 50-minute mark, however, as the off-loads began to stick. Chants of ‘Kiwi! Kiwi!’ from the New Zealanders in the crowd showed how momentum was beginning to shift in the men in black’s direction.
It was still tense, tentative stuff, though, and the crowd was generally quiet.
George Williams put his team under pressure with an awful pass from dummy half to Ryan Hall with 12 minutes remaining.
From the set from the scrum, the Kiwis won a penalty, and Isaac Luke stepped up to miss the kick, and the chance to put his team into a two-score lead.
Kodi Nikorima was tackled short of the line by Elliott Whitehead, however.
The Kiwis pushed into a 9-2 lead with three minutes remaining, when Jordan Kahu kicked a drop goal.
And that was how it finished, as a quiet, yet intense, game, petered out.