Tentative opening exchanges were ended after the Kiwis upped the pressure for a couple of sets, with Tohu Harris finishing an incisive move to put the visitors 4-0 up, Isaac Luke missed the conversion.
Sam Moa touched down under the sticks after an English kick charge-down handed the Kiwis a repeat set. Some sharp handling in the build-up allowed Moa to show class and power to score. The extras were added for 10-0 just after the 15-minute mark had been reached.
Hodgson, playing a Test match in his hometown, gathered the ball gratefully to score the try under the posts. Widdop added the extras, and England were four points behind.
The Kiwis responded by kicking a penalty after Sean O’Loughlin transgressed in a tackle under the English points.
England huffed and puffed, and occasionally flared into something like attacking dangerousness, but basic errors and penalties saw them come away from the Kiwi line unrewarded.
The Kiwis had a try disallowed for obstruction, much to their chagrin, when the video ref adjudged that George Williamshad been obstructed when attempting to defend against a Kiwi move on England‘s right edge.
The home team look to have grown in confidence after the interval, with George Williams looking assured at half-back, alongside Widdop.
A high penalty count in England‘s favour saw them edge ahead in terms of territory and possession, and Ferres rolled and slid over for his second on 58 minutes. Widdop added the extras to make it 20-12 going into the last quarter.
The Kiwis forced a series of repeat sets as the game headed into the last 10 minutes, but some of their forward pack looked sapped of energy.
The game finished at 26-12, with the crowd, which had been quiet by Hull standards, celebrating a fine England victory.