The black and whites had made the better opening to the game, getting into the faces of the Kangaroos, and that pressure told when after six minutes Nigel Vagana put them into a 6-0 lead.
The green and gold could have come unstuck after an impromptu brawl in the Kiwis’ in-goal area after Matt King was shoved into the advertising hoardings.
Webb, Tupou, Soliola, Matai, Vatuvei (T), Vagana (T), Jones 2G), Wiki (captain), Halatau, Asotasi, Kidwell, Puletua, Mannering.
Subs Ropati (T), Cayless, Blair, Pritchard.
Hunt (2T), King, Gasnier (T), Hodges, Inglis (T), Lockyer (captain), Thurston (5G), Mason, Smith, Civoniceva, O'Donnell, Hindmarsh, Maitua.
Subs O'Meley (T), Berrigan, Ryan, Kite.