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Congratulations to Johnathan Thurston, who has just been named man of the match.

Man of the match: Thurston (right) with Brett Morris.
Man of the match: Thurston (right) with Brett Morris. Photo: Getty Images

AUSTRALIA 30 (B Morris 2 G Bird C Cronk G Inglis tries J Thurston 5 goals) bt NEW ZEALAND 18 (J Bromwich T Harris S Moa tries S Johnson 3 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne. Crowd: 25,429.

Gallant performance by a new-look Kiwis side but after a sluggish start, Australia's class told in the end as they equalled the record of most successive Test wins (16).


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73 min: And the Kangaroos make the visitors pay immediately with Cooper Cronk finishing a superb back line foray. Thurston raises the flags from in front, and the game is all but over. KANGAROOS 30-18

72 min: Great work by the Kangaroos, defending back-to-back sets on their line. Another disappointing kick, by Johnson, on the last takes the pressure off the Aussies.

65 min: Crowd of 25,429 - quite respectable considering the popular belief the Kiwis would be smashed.

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61 min: Greg Inglis scores. Weight of possession and the class of the Kangaroos back line is beginning to take its toll on the Kiwis. Thurston makes it 4 from 4. KANGAROOS 24-18

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57 min: Hiku's hands let him down again. Hasn't been the best of debuts. Danger time for the Kiwis once again.

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52 min: Kangaroos hit back with Brett Morris crossing for his second, thanks to a sublime cut-out ball from Slater. Thurston converts. 18-18

51 min: Very ordinary kick on the last by Isaac John. Now that was reserve-grade standard!

48 min: Kiwis looking threatening too, with Hiku chiming into the back line superbly before losing the ball in the tackle.

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43 min: Kangaroos looking dangerous early on with Smith's kick for a flying Darius Boyd just a little too big. Lucky break for the Kiwis.

41 min: Cameron Smith sends the Steeden skywards to get the second half under way.

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