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Kangaroos squash Kiwis in Canberra
The Australian Kanagroos opened the flood gates in the second half with a run away victory 32-12 over the New Zealand Kiwis at Canberra Stadium with a healthy, yet cold crowd of 25,628.
The Kangaroos fired quickly with their own try of the first half as Cooper Cronk ran off a short pass from Matt Scott to burst away under the posts. Cameron Smith made it 6-0 after six minutes.
The Kiwis tried everything in the first half to post their first try however right up until half time they were denied four times by the video referee. However, they got a break on the bell as Josh Hoffman cleaned up a short grubber kick from Frank Pritchard. At the break the game locked at 6-all with the conversion from Shaun Johnson.
The second half was all the Australians as they scored 5 tries to 1 in the second forty minutes. The Kiwis unable to match the attack of the Kangaroos.
There remains injury concern for Greg Inglis who didn't finish the match as he left the field inside the final 10 minutes. However, before doing so in the 50th minutes posted the Kangaroos' second four-pointer as he cleaned up a fumbled pass from Billy Slater.
The Australians proceeded to roll through the Kiwi pack with tries flowing to Brett Morris, Luke Lewis and Darius Boyd all inside six minutes. Australia extended their lead to 26-6 after 62 minutes.
Against the run of play, Justin Hodges secured the victory with the final Green and Gold try as he kicked ahead for himself three times to stroll in untouched. Cameron Smith brought up the final posts, 32-6 with six minutes to play. However, the Kiwis had the final say with a late try to Frank Pritchard as he crashed over next to the posts.
The Australians' asserting their domination over their Trans-Tasman rivals with a 32-12 victory in the National's Capital. It's only a taste of the action still to come this year in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Australia Kangaroos 32 New Zealand Kiwis 12
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Halftime Score: 6-all
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Paul Gallen
2 points - Cameron Smith
1 point - James Tamou
AUSTRALIA KANGAROOS (32)
Tries: Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Brett Morris, Luke Lewis, Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges
Conversions: Cameron Smith (4/6)
NEW ZEALAND KIWIS (12)
Tries: Josh Hoffman, Frank Pritchard
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Kurt Gidley 15. Nate Myles 16. Luke Lewis 17. Anthony Watmough 18. Josh Morris
New Zealand: 1. Josh Hoffman 2. Sam Perrett 3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 4. Dean Whare 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Kieran Foran (c) 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Issac Luke 10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 11. Frank Pritchard 12. Kevin Proctor 18. Tohu Harris
Interchange: 14. Elijah Taylor 15. Sam McKendry 16. Ben Matulino 17. Alex Glenn
Scored by Cooper Cronk. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Cooper Cronk firstly provided the short pass for Matt Scott to charge to the line, Scott offloaded back to Cooper Cronk who strolled away for first points. A simple four-pointer to kick us off. Cameron Smith with the conversion adds the extras
Australia Kangaroos 6-0
Brett Morris makes an unforced error.
Brett Morris jumped for the kick high over the defence but dropped it as he came to ground. Zero for the Kiwis on their 10 metre line.
Kevin Proctor makes an unforced error.
Kevin Proctor running of a short pass on the 4th tackle for the Kiwis but charging into the tackle loses possession. Australia comes away with the ball inside their own 10 metre line.
Anthony Watmough makes an unforced error.
Anthony Watmough attempted to charge through the line and offload one handed, but he dropped the ball cold. A simple error gives the Kiwis a chance 40 metres out
Shaun Johnson kicks a 40/20.
Shaun Johnson fires a long kick which just rolls inside the corner posts and earns the Kiwis a 40/20. Scrum feed packs for the Kiwis 10 metres from the Australian goal line
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Sam Perrett jumping for the ball in goal knocked the ball forward. Change over for Australia on their 10 metre line.
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Josh Hoffman finally gets the first points for the Kiwis which came off the boot, believe it or not of Frank Pritchard. A lucky little kick gives the New Zealanders their first try. Shaun Johnson converts from out wide as the half time siren sounds
Alex Glenn makes an unforced error.
Alex Glenn drops the ball in the tackle, but backing up is a penalty given to the Australians as Billy Slater is lifted dangerously in a tackle.
Scored by Greg Inglis. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
The video referee awards the try to Greg Inglis after a number of replays which looked at a possible obstruction on Paul Gallen who ran through making contact with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. Contact was deemed okay, try awarded as Inglis cleaned up the fumbles from Slater's pass. Cameron Smith converts from next to the posts
Australia Kangaroos 12-6
Scored by Brett Morris. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.
The Australians gained quick metres off the try thanks to a line break from Luke Lewis. Australia in a position for points as Billy Slater found space on the right side as he basketball passed over the head of Justin Hodges for Brett Morris to dive over in the corner. Cam Smith from the touchline is unsuccessful has he hits the posts
Australia Kangaroos 16-6
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Mistake ruled against the Kiwis as Sam Perrett knocked on the caught of the kick. Scrum 10m out for Aussies
Scored by Luke Lewis. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Luke Lewis has made a big impact since coming into the game, he charged onto a short pass from Paul Gallen at the 10 metre line, he charged through the defence and used Josh Hoffman as a speed bump to score. Cameron Smith converts from right in front
Australia Kangaroos 22-6
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.
Darius Boyd raced down the touchline to clean up a kick from Johnathan Thurston on the zero tackle. Australia has opened the flood gates now with another try. Cam Smith with the kick from touch is unsuccessful has it curves away
Australia Kangaroos 26-6
Greg Bird makes an unforced error.
Australians trying to spread it wide across the line, but Greg Bird drops it. Scrum for NZ on their 40m
Scored by Justin Hodges. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Justin Hodges with three short kick soccer style kicked ahead for himself and races away untouched to score. Cam Smith with the conversion from in front slots the extras
Australia Kangaroos 32-6
Cooper Cronk makes an unforced error.
Cooper Cronk a little too calm under the high ball as he tried to pass. Kiwis with a scrum feed 10m out
Scored by Frank Pritchard. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Frank Pritchard took on the line and spin over as he finally gets his try after being earlier denied by the video referee. Shaun Johnson converts from out wide
Australia Kangaroos 32-12