Topic: Rugby League

Kiwis break 17-year drought following win over Australia in Anzac Test

By Wikitōria Day
  • Australia

The Kiwis thrashed Australia in the Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium in front of more than 32,000 people.

New Zealand hasn't won the annual match since 1998.  It was postponed for two days due to torrential showers on Friday night.  Despite that, it was an impressive end result.

It was a positive start for Australia who closed in on the try line early.  However, it was Sam Thaiday who gathered the Kangaroos first set of points.

There was no stopping the main man of the match, Manu Vatuvei, who nailed this corner try to even up the score at 6 all.

Teamwork prevailed as Johnson's pinpoint kick landed in the hands of Peta Hiku who off-loaded yet again to Manu Vatuvei to score his second try.

Just three metres away from the try line, the Kiwis were determined to score and Shaun Johnson did just that, right next to the posts.

Perhaps the most thrilling try of the match was the one that started from the halfway mark, with Shaun Kenny-Dowell chasing down the ball and benefiting from a Greg Inglis mistake.

Josh Dugan appeared to have scored a stunner but replays showed his foot was well out before grounding.

It was finally Australia's time to shine with Will Chambers making it over the try line by a fraction.

With just one minute remaining, Shaun Johnson kicked to the centre of the field.

Kenny-Dowell looked as though he'd scored again but it was a no-try.

The Kiwis deserve to celebrate their 26-12 win.