NZ A SHOWN "GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE" CARD. In the tour opener versus Cumbria, a scratchy first half performance by NZ A saw them 18-0 down going into the break.
With 20 minutes left in the match the NZ side found itself 24 down without posting a single point of their own.
At this point the NZ boys gave Cumbria a reminder that this is an 80-minute game and a strong final quarter saw the game end in a 24 all draw.
According to Football Manager Bryce Wakely �It was a much needed hit out� at the start of what will be a tough touring schedule.
Their next game will be against a National 2 Selection on Wednesday, 22 October 2003 at Keightly - kick off at 7.30pm.
NZ A will take confidence from the fact that they clawed their way back to a creditable draw against a Cumbrian team that included a number of Superleague players.
Cumbria 24 (C Sice, E Dowes, H Hill  tries, P Lupton 4 goals) HT-18
NZ A 24 (L Sione, H Va�asa, R Henry, T Pelenise tries, S Buckingham 4 goals) HT-0