Australia vs New Zealand: Rugby league Test match live scores, blog
114 Have your say
Scores updated each minute. REFRESH NOW
Australia Vs. New Zealand
2012 International Tests, 14 October, 2012
|Dairy Farmers Stadium, Kirwan, QLD|
|Australia 18 defeated New Zealand 10|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: R Turner & Anthony Elliott|
Can the Kangaroos continue their recent dominance over the Kiwis or will New Zealand finally play to their potential en route to an upset victory? Join us for live Australia vs New Zealand Test scores and blog from 7.30pm AEDT.
Australia once again heads into a test match against New Zealand as the raging hot favourite to secure victory.
From 1-17, the Kangaroos are blessed with class across the park and will tear the Kiwis apart if New Zealand starts lethargically.
On paper, New Zealand certainly possesses the potential to match Australia pound for pound but their inability to start matches well on Australian soil has cost them dearly on so many occasions.
With the test match expected to be played in humid conditions, it remains to be seen if the Kiwis will be able to play at the intensity required to match a supremely fit and clinical Kangaroos outfit tonight.
Whether this test match remains competitive or not will largely come down to New Zealand’s attitude on the night.
If the Kiwis start slowly, Australia will rack up a score and tonight’s test match could very well be over by halftime.
The Kangaroos simply possess too much firepower across the park for New Zealand to handle with Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathon Thurston the main architects in a lethal backline.
Australia is also very well served upfront, with Paul Gallen, Greg Bird, Matthew Scott and James Tamou all capable of breaking through the advantage line.
With all of these players in fine form, the Kangaroos will take a power of stopping tonight unless the Kiwis show up with the right mentality.
The majority of New Zealand’s team is made up of players that contested the 2012 NRL grand final between Canterbury and Melbourne.
Players such as Sam Perrett, Krisnan Inu, Kevin Proctor, Greg Eastwood, Jesse Bromwich, Frank Pritchard and Sam Kasiano are playing terrific football at the moment and will be confident of matching their more illustrious Australian counterparts.
The Kiwis also possess an exciting playmaking spine consisting of Josh Hoffman, Issac Luke, Benji Marshall and Keiran Foran.
If the Kiwi forwards perform well and lay a suitable platform, New Zealand’s spine is capable of matching the creative talents of Kangaroos stars Smith, Cronk, Thurston and Slater.
Kasiano is probably the NRL’s best forward at the moment and his battle with Kangaroos props Matthew Scott and James Tamou should be a cracker.
In the second row, Pritchard and Proctor are more than capable of matching Gallen and Bird given the present form of the Kiwi duo.
The big question mark in the Kiwi side surrounds the form of Marshall who by and large experienced a disappointing 2012 NRL season with the Tigers.
Given the off field distractions that have plagued the Tigers in recent weeks, it remains to be seen if Marshall will be in the right frame of mind to perform tonight against Australia.
After a poor year with the Tigers, tonight’s test match does present an opportunity for Marshall to finish his season on a high.
Coming off a poor showing in the Anzac Test match earlier this year, Marshall really has to get involved tonight and should take on the line as often as possible.
At his best, Marshall is a joy to watch and if he fires, the rest of his team-mates will invariably lift with him and a tough and exciting test match should eventuate as a result.
Here’s hoping that the Kiwis do show up tonight before eventually succumbing in a tight contest against the clinical Kangaroos.
Kangaroos by 10