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Live: Australia v New Zealand


David Sygall

Australia and New Zealand battle it out at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville.

Full-time: The Kangaroo Crew in the crowd erupt as the siren sounds with Australia finishing deserved winners. A little too much class for the Kiwis in the end. Thanks for joining me tonight for the final league match of the year. See you next year!

76m: Josh Morris penalised for a double movement. A try there would have definitely put NZ away, if the Kangaroos haven't done so already.

73m: Thurston adds the extras, equalling Mick Cronin's record for points v the Kiwis. Australia 18-10.

71m: Magnificent long-range try to the Kangaroos scored by Darius Boyd after a flick pass on the run by Paul Gallen, of all people. What can't Gal do? 16-10 to Australia, kick to come.

68m: Kiwis hanging in there but time is not their friend, my friends.

62m: Australia regain the lead via a Thurston penalty goal. 12-10 to Australia.

60m: Great try-saving tackle by Simon Mannering and Josh Hoffman on Johnathan Thurston. Video referee correctly rules NO TRY.

59m: Take a bow, Gerard Beale, who spectacularly defuses a Cooper Cronk kick but is tackled in-goal. Another set of six for the Kangaroos.

55m: Kiwis breathe easier after a Cameron Smith kicks goes dead in-goal. The Kangaroos were looking as dangerous as some of the North Queensland wildlife.

53m: Marshall finds touch near the Australian line to give his forwards a much-needed break.

50m: Luke into a gap! Offloads to Elijah Taylor! But then Hoffman spills the miracle pass from Taylor. Oh, Taylor should have shown more patience there.

46m: Great goal line defence by the Kangaroos. They earn possession back. And they make ground pretty quickly.

Kasiano's a big boy.

44m: Australian drop out now. 

42m: Intercept by Darius Boyd but then ruled to be a knock on by Boyd. Rough call by the officiating officialdom. Looked to have been a rake.

41m: Early penalty to the Kiwis, against Tony Williams for tackling Issac Luke when he wasn't in line with the marker.

Second half beginneth!!!!

Interesting tweet from @NSWRL: "Almost 2 years ago today, Gerard Beale scored a try for the Jnr Roos against the Kiwis, tonight he scores for NZ against AUS #AUSvNZ"

10-10 at half time.

The half time siren has sounded at Dairy Farmers. There's been some razzle dazzle tonight! New Zealand stunned the Australians early on with an 8th minute try to Issac Luke, as they dominated the first quarter of the match. Cameron Smith got Australia on the board after 23 minutes with a slippery snake effort from dummy half.

Then it was Test match tete-a-tete nearing the end of the stanza, when James Tamou thundered across for his maiden test four-pointer before, incredibly, the plucky Kiwis jagged one back through Gerard Beale out wide.

It's an arm wrestle, a war of attrition and any other worthy cliche. A great half of footy!


38m: TRY TO NEW ZEALAND!!  Sam Perrett takes a bomb, offloads to Dean Whare, who chucks it out to Beale and the winger gets across the line. What a try! Probably against the run of play because it looked like the Kiwis were looking for half time until that last play of the set - and bang!! Inu misses the tough conversion attempt. It's all locked up at 10-10.

34m: TRY TO AUSTRALIA!! Cooper Cronk delivers a short, sharp pass to 'Aussie' James Tamou and the giant forward burst into the hole and across the line. Did he have a hand laid on him? I don't think so!!! Ok, ok, Adam Blair nearly knocked it out of his hands. But 'Aussie' James has his first try. (Ok, I'll stop calling him 'Aussie'. He decided to play for Australia, not New Zealand, and all power to him.) Thurston slots over the conversion and it's 10-6 to Australia.

33m: Kieran Foran puts the ball out for New Zealand. Yes, Foran's on the field, too!

Suddenly possession is in Australia's favour.

The Lotto results are 2, 13, 40.... ah, never mind. If you won, you'll find out after the game.

29m: Josh Morris tackled over the sideline by the desperate NZ defence. It took three of them close to the line.

27m: Kiwis on the ropes as Australia looks for a double strike! Cronk gives it the mini-bomb treatment and Beale takes it well for New Zealand - but he's been pulled back and tackled in goal. Drop out for the Kiwis and they'll have to take another set in defence. The Kangaroos are warming up!!

23m: TRY TO AUSTRALIA!! Oh! Like a hot knife through butter, Cameron Smith carves them up from dummy half! But Thurston's missed the conversion attempt from out wide. 6-4 to New Zealand.

22m: Beale cleans up Thurston's grubber in goal but he's tackled there and NZ has to drop out.

21m: Luke throws a forward pass and the Kangas will have good field position by the end of this set.

 NZ 56 percent of possession! 86 percent completion rate, baby. Australia six missed tackles.

17m: The Australians have woken up!! Thurston chips and they go up, but the ball gets knocked out of play, over the sideline. NZ ball now from their 10m.

15m: Great take of a bomb by Josh Morris and earns the penalty as Gerard Beale tackles the man dangerously as he went up. Australia to work it out of their own 20m.

Oh, by the way, Johnathan Thurston's out there! I didn't notice..

13m: 'Baby' Sam Kasiano has come off the ground for a breather after a solid opening 12 minutes.

11m: Now NZ has lost the ball and there will be a scrum. Big let off for Australia. You don't want to be tackling too much in this heat..

NZ completed five from five, Aus two from four. Kiwis all over the Aussies.

10m: Another mistake from Australia as Paul Gallen messes up the play the ball. Come on, boys!! Simple errors!

8m: TRY! New Zealand 6 - Australia 0 as smiley Inu pots the conversion. Luke was awarded the try after a video ref investigation. There was no separation as the tacklers did their best and no double movement as the powerful hooker grounded the ball.

8m: Inu gets so close! Tackled just before the line - and then Issac Luke burrows across!! It's gone to the video ref.........................

6m: Penalty against Australia. 'Aussie' James Tamou the culprit. New Zealand in good field position with six tackles now.

4m: NZ threaten early! Ball goes wide from Benji to Perrett whose kick through goes dead. Expansive play by the Kiwis!

3m: Billy Slater and Josh Morris keeping NZ on their toes early, looking for pace out wide. But as the ball comes back in field Tony Williams fumbles in the play the ball. Poor ball security from the youngster.

1m: We're underway! Australia has the ball first.

Issac Luke leading the HAKA now!!

National anthems being played now (while I quickly try to finish off my pad thai before kick off!). I hope everything's set for this clash. Should be fascinating with so many NRL heroes running around. There's been some belters between these sides in recent years. Will this be another one?

Rabs assures us "it's a wonderful atmosphere" at the ground. The visitors have just made their way out on to the field. The Aussies are walking out now to a big reception.


Welcome - wherever you are - to the Herald's live blog coverage of the Kangaroos v Kiwis match in Townsville.

New Zealand has never played a Test in Townsville. Australia has played four, each against Papua New Guinea, and won them all.

This is a one-off Test, one of the last international hit outs before next year's World Cup in the UK. You can expect that the players will not only be looking to do their best for their country, but also make sure they secure a berth for the World Cup.

Stephen Kearney is in charge of the Kiwis, despite getting marched from Parramatta this season and Tim Sheens maintains the Australian coaching job after being moved along from Wests Tigers.

Quite a few new faces on both teams, including Matt Scott, Greg Bird and the epic Tony Williams among the Australians' new faces from the last match between these sides, in April at Eden Park, while New Zealand has included the likes of Sam Perrett, Krisnan Inu and Sam Kasiano in their line up.

Not long to go now. Should be a cracker!!

NRL Season 2015

Round 1
Thu, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 6 vs SOU 36 Report Stats
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 42 vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 24 vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18 vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4 vs SYD 28 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 24 vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20 vs CBR 24 Report Stats
Mon, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
STG 4 vs MEL 12 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBY 32 vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2 vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40 vs GCT Report Stats
MAN 24 vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14 vs NEW 16 Report Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 34 vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6 vs NZW 18 Report Stats
Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 22 vs STG 4 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN 12 vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44 vs NQL 22 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 29 vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20 vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36 vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 20 vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18 vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20 vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 29 vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24 vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26 vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22 vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12 vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16 vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34 vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18 vs MEL 17 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
CBY 17 vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16 vs BRI 26 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MAN 16 vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW vs STG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 12 vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6 vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30 vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10 vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22 vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22 vs NEW 6 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 16 vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32 vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22 vs MAN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CBR 10 vs MEL 14 Stats
STG 31 vs CBY 6 Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12 vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28 vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12 vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT 32 vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28 vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17 vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22 vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22 vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18 vs SOU 10 Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14 vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28 vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24 vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12 vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10 vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28 vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26 vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22 vs CBR 30 Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8 vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36 vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56 vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16 vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23 vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30 vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10 vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16 vs STG 10 Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10 vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31 vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13 vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22 vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16 vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32 vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22 vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10 vs PEN 11 Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14 vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST vs NQL 8 Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34 vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18 vs BRI 31 Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN vs PAR 19:45Pepper Stadium
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT vs SOU 15:00Cbus Super Stadium
CBR vs BRI 17:30GIO Stadium
NQL vs MAN 19:301300 Smiles Stadium
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW vs NEW 14:00MSS
STG vs CRO 16:00Jubilee Oval
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs MEL 19:00AS
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Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs MAN 19:35SUN
WST vs GCT 19:35VAS
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs CBR 15:00HS
SOU vs NZW 17:30nib Stadium
PEN vs MEL 19:30Pepper Stadium
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO vs SYD 16:00Remondis Stadium
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY vs STG 16:00ANZ
PAR vs NQL 19:00Pirtek Stadium
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Round 14
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST vs SOU 19:45ANZ
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs SYD 18:00MSS
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT vs CBY 16:00Cbus Super Stadium
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs PAR 19:00AAMI
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Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN vs WST 19:45BO
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NQL 15:00GIO Stadium
GCT vs NZW 17:30Cbus Super Stadium
CBY vs PEN 19:30ANZ
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs CRO 14:00HS
MEL vs BRI 16:00AAMI
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG vs SYD 19:00AS
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Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs NEW 19:35SUN
SOU vs MAN 19:35ANZ
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs CBR 15:00MSS
NQL vs CRO 17:301300 Smiles Stadium
PAR vs STG 19:30Pirtek Stadium
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs GCT 14:00AS
WST vs PEN 16:00VAS
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY vs MEL 19:00Belmore Sports Ground
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Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs SOU 19:45Pepper Stadium
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG vs NQL 19:30WIN
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs CRO 16:00BO
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST vs PAR 19:00ANZ
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Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NEW 19:45GIO Stadium
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs SYD 17:30Pepper Stadium
CBY vs BRI 19:30ANZ
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs MEL 14:00MSS
CRO vs STG 16:00Remondis Stadium
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT vs MAN 19:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CBY 19:35ANZ
MEL vs PEN 19:35AAMI
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs CRO 15:00GIO Stadium
NEW vs GCT 17:30HS
STG vs SOU 19:30SCG
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NZW 14:00AS
BRI vs WST 16:00SUN
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs NQL 19:00BO
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Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI vs GCT 19:35SUN
WST vs SYD 19:35ANZ
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs MAN 15:00MSS
SOU vs NEW 17:30ANZ
MEL vs STG 19:30AAMI
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs CBR 14:00Pepper Stadium
CBY vs CRO 16:00Belmore Sports Ground
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL vs PAR 19:001300 Smiles Stadium
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Round 21
Thu, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs CRO 22:00MSS
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL vs CBR 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
STG vs NEW 00:00Jubilee Oval
SOU vs PEN 00:00ANZ
SYD vs CBY 00:00AS
MAN vs BRI 00:00TBA
WST vs MEL 00:00VAS
GCT vs PAR 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 22
Thu, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs STG 22:00MSS
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CBY 00:00SUN
NEW vs SYD 00:00HS
CBR vs WST 00:00GIO Stadium
MAN vs SOU 00:00BO
CRO vs NQL 00:00Remondis Stadium
MEL vs GCT 00:00AAMI
PAR vs PEN 00:30TIO
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Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STG 00:00SUN
CBY vs GCT 00:00TBA
NQL vs SOU 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
PEN vs NZW 00:00Pepper Stadium
CBR vs MAN 00:00GIO Stadium
SYD vs PAR 00:00AS
CRO vs MEL 00:00Remondis Stadium
WST vs NEW 00:00CSS
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Round 24
Wed, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs NQL 22:00MSS
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG vs PEN 00:00WIN
SOU vs CBY 00:00ANZ
SYD vs BRI 00:00AS
MAN vs PAR 00:00BO
CRO vs WST 00:00Remondis Stadium
MEL vs NEW 00:00AAMI
GCT vs CBR 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CRO 00:00Pirtek Stadium
NEW vs CBY 00:00HS
SOU vs BRI 00:00AS
CBR vs PEN 00:00GIO Stadium
MAN vs SYD 00:00BO
MEL vs NQL 00:00AAMI
WST vs NZW 00:00CSS
GCT vs STG 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI vs MEL 00:00SUN
CBY vs NZW 00:00ANZ
NQL vs GCT 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
STG vs WST 00:00ANZ
PAR vs CBR 00:00Pirtek Stadium
PEN vs NEW 00:00Pepper Stadium
SYD vs SOU 00:00AS
CRO vs MAN 00:00Remondis Stadium
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NRL Ladder 2015
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Melbourne Storm 10 7 3 0 16
Brisbane Broncos 11 8 3 0 16
St George-Illawarra Dragons 10 7 3 0 16
North Queensland Cowboys 11 8 3 0 16
Sydney Roosters 10 5 5 0 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs 11 6 5 0 12
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