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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!!

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NRL Season 2015

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PAR 42vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
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NEW 24vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4vs SYD 28 Report Stats
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PEN 24vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20vs CBR 24 Report Stats
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STG 4vs MEL 12 Report Stats
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Round 2
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CBY 32vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40vs GCT 0 Report Stats
MAN 24vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14vs NEW 16 Report Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 34vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6vs NZW 18 Report Stats
Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 22vs STG 4 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN 12vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44vs NQL 22 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 29vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36vs CRO 18 Report Stats
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SOU 20vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 29vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18vs MEL 17 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
CBY 17vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16vs BRI 26 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MAN 16vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW 0vs STG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 12vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22vs NEW 6 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 16vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
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CBR 10vs MEL 14 Report Stats
STG 31vs CBY 6 Report Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
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GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18vs SOU 10 Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22vs CBR 30 Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16vs STG 10 Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs PEN 11 Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST 0vs NQL 8 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18vs BRI 31 Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs MEL 2 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs MAN 10 Report Stats
WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 29vs STG 16 Stats
PAR 30vs NQL 36 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST 34vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 22vs PAR 26 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs WST 20 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG 14vs SYD 19 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 20vs GCT 10 Stats
WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 20vs MEL 4 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 24vs CBR 34 Report Stats
CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL 46vs PAR 4 Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
Mon, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
Mon, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
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Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
Mon, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
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Round 24
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
MEL 14vs NQL 6 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 50vs NZW 16 Report Stats
GCT 28vs STG 26 Stats
Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs PEN 18 Stats
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs MEL 15 Report Stats
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 30vs SOU 0 Report Stats
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
PEN 30vs NEW 12 Stats
STG 32vs WST 30 Stats
NQL 42vs GCT 12 Stats
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
PAR 24vs CBR 28 Stats
CRO 12vs MAN 14 Stats
CBY 26vs NZW 22 Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 1
Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 18vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
CBY 11vs STG 10 Report Stats
BRI 16vs NQL 12 Report Stats
Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
CRO 28vs SOU 12 Report Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 2
Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 12 Report Stats
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
NQL 39vs CRO 0 Report Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 3
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI 31vs SYD 12 Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL 12vs NQL 32 Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 4
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEDT
BRI 16vs NQL 17 Report Stats
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NRL Ladder 2015
Overall standings
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Brisbane Broncos 24 17 7 0 195 38
North Queensland Cowboys 24 17 7 0 133 38
Melbourne Storm 24 14 10 0 119 32
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 10 0 42 32
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 14 10 0 -7 32
South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 11 0 -2 30
St George-Illawarra Dragons 24 12 12 0 27 28
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