Rugby League Tests - Australia v New Zealand

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Restoring the Australian Kangaroos' pride has been Mal Meninga's mantra since his coaching appointment in December last year.

In May, the Kangaroos took the first step towards returning to international supremacy by beating world No.1 Test side New Zealand 16-0 in Newcastle.

Ending a three-game streak of defeats dating back to the 2014 Four Nations – Australia's longest losing run to the Kiwis since the 1950s – the steps taken off the field that week in re-establishing the DNA of the Kangaroos will perhaps prove more important.

Half of the players picked in Meninga's squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament in the United Kingdom stepped out on to the now-named McDonald Jones Stadium earlier this year and will be vital for Australia as they continue to build for the 2017 World Cup.
 

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Schick Hydro Preview: Australian Kangaroos v New Zealand Kiwis
NIB Stadium
Sunday, 4.50pm (Local), 7.50pm (AEDT)


Match officials:
Referee: Matt Cecchin. Sideline officials: Shane Rehm and Jeff Younis. Review officials: Luke Patten & Steve Chiddy. Senior review official: Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Channel Nine – live coverage from 7.30pm (AEDT).
 

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No Fifita..:hilarious:
The Kangaroos team is as follows:

1 Darius Boyd
2 Blake Ferguson
3 Greg Inglis
4 Josh Dugan
5 Valentine Holmes
6 Johnathan Thurston
7 Cooper Cronk

8 Matt Scott
9 Cameron Smith (c)
10 Shannon Boyd
11 Boyd Cordner
12 Matt Gillett
13 Trent Merrin

14 David Klemmer
15 Michael Morgan
16 Tyson Frizell
17 Sam Thaiday
 

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Shannon Boyd had a blinder. Boyd Cordner my MOM.

SKD, Bromwich & Taumalolo didn't get off the bus.
 
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stanleyg

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twenty sex to sex isn't a bad score.
Kiwis even allowing for their error rate played about as well as they look capable of.
The Roos have a lot of room for improvement.
Morgan had a forgettable night while Dugan showed as a centre he is a better fullback or winger but got through a whole game without going down injured.

S Boyd, Cordner, Frizzell and Holmes had good games
 

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I felt Duges played well. Although the play where the forced them into the side line was poor - happened a few times. Friz went well - as did Nighty.

Merrin must have been close to MoTM - and/or the Boyds. Not sure how GI got it.
 

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I felt Duges played well. Although the play where the forced them into the side line was poor - happened a few times. Friz went well - as did Nighty.

Merrin must have been close to MoTM - and/or the Boyds. Not sure how GI got it.
Dugan needs to be on the end of the food chain because he rarely passes the ball. If he has passed straight on to Ferguson it would have been another Roos try but he doesn't pass often enough and tries (no pun intended) to do to much himself.
Yes Merrin did well and got some of his old offload skills that went missing in his last 2 seasons at the Dragons working well.
 

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A few under injury clouds. Merrin, and Thaiday very lucky to be there.
Surprised not to see Gallen or Fifita I that list.
Mal must be okay with giving away unnecessary penalties sticking Maloney on the stand by reserve list