Australia takes out Anzac Test 16-0

The Kangaroos have ended a run of three consecutive defeats to New Zealand and ran out 16-0 winners in the Anzac Test today.

The Kiwis had won three in a row for the first time against Australia, including the 2015 Anzac Test and twice in the 2014 Four Nations.

But the Kangaroos saw off the injury-riddled New Zealanders comfortably at Hunter Stadium, with first-half tries coming to Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis.

The match started badly for the Aussies, with debutant winger Semi Radradra sin-binned early for pushing a player away as they raced for the ball in the in-goal.

It was hardly the start the Fijian, controversially selected for the green and gold, would have wanted.

But that mattered little for the home team as they scored the first try of the game in the 14th minute.

The video referee ruled a try for Boyd’s effort on the right flank.

On 31 minutes Inglis added the second with a neat step and dummy.

New Zealand were forced to do a huge amount of defence as the Kangaoos were denied a third try four minutes from the break.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was hit high by Jonathan Thurston and spilled the ball, from which Australia scored. But the try was chalked off for the high tackle.

Cooper Cronk almost scored right on half-time but couldn’t get the ball down in the in-goal area.

New Zealand barely fired a shot in attack.

But the Kiwis defended bravely and kept the Australians out in the second half until Blake Ferguson finished off a move in the 79th minute to score.

Cameron Smith missed the conversion and the match finished 16-0.


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