Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

Australia vs New Zealand Rugby Championship 2018

NEW Zealand has sent Australia packing in the first of two trans-Tasman Tests, claiming their first win in Auckland in 15 years in a 26-24 nailbiter.

International Match
Australia vs New Zealand
7:00am Saturday 27th October

Australia threatened to run away with the match early with Valentine Holmes running over for a try in the third minute.

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Questionable defence on the line from the tourists let Ken Maumalo and Joseph Manu through for tries before Dane Gagai placed the Aussies ahead at 12-8 at halftime.

But it all fell apart in the second half.

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

New Zealand hooker Brandon Smith made a mad dash for the line after the break, running the ball from dummy half before being locked in an awkward tackle with James Tedesco under the posts.

A video review revealed Smith was able to plonk the ball down through a jungle of limbs.

Shaun Johnson successfully booted the conversion to bring the home side to 14-12 with 25 minutes remaining.

Esan Marsters found the line shortly after for the Kiwis after a knock on from Latrell Mitchell gave New Zealand a fresh set of six at halfway.

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

Shaun Johnson wove his way around the defence on the line on the last tackle and opened up a massive gap on the left for Marsters to dive over.

A JOEY Manu-inspired New Zealand have brought Australia crashing back to earth with a 26-24 upset in their rugby league Test at Mt Smart Stadium. The Kangaroos had their 13-game winning streak broken on Saturday and tasted their first Test loss under coach Mal Meninga.
After the retirement of a golden generation of players including Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, the Aussies are facing a rebuild.

Manu upstaged his Sydney Roosters teammate, superstar Latrell Mitchell, scoring one try and setting up another in a rampaging performance, while Shaun Johnson was named man of the match.

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The Kiwi forwards, led by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich and Martin Taupau, dominated while David Klemmer was the only Aussie forward to make more than 100 metres.

The Australians scored two late tries through Felise Kaufusi and James Tedesco for a tense final two minutes however the scoreline belied the Kiwis’ dominance.

The result will go a long way to restoring the New Zealand public’s faith in the Kiwis after a slew of poor results and off-field issues.

It was the New Zealanders’ first win over Australia since the 2015 Anzac Test. After the Kangaroos took a 12-8 lead into halftime despite the Kiwis controlling possession and territory, the home side hit the front when hooker Brandon Smith burrowed over in the 54th minute.

And when a light-stepping Johnson created an overlap, Esan Marsters put the Kiwis up 20-12.

Johnson again was allowed to run across field, with Manu popping a magical offload in traffic to send Jordan Rapana over to give his side what proved a winning lead at 26-12.

Earlier, the Australians started like a freight train with Mitchell putting Valentine Holmes over in just the third minute.

<=>Australia. vs. New Zealand. Rugby. Championship. 2018

Five-eighth Luke Keary’s Test debut was short-lived after he was taken off with a head knock in the 17th minute and did not return.

The Kiwis were twice denied by the video referees in the first half – with skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak controversially turned down after Manu was ruled to have knocked on after a spectacular pick-up and chip.

Manu did give his side an 8-6 lead when he produced a powerful fend to run over Mitchell in the 35th minute.

The Kangaroos produced something out of nothing when Daly Cherry-Evans, Tom Trbojevic and Dane Gagai combined on the stroke of halftime to make it 10-8, however the Kiwis powered home in the second half.

NEW ZEALAND 26 (J Manu E Marsters K Maumalo J Rapana B Smith tries S Johnson 3 goals) d AUSTRALIA 24 (D Gagai V Holmes F Kaufusi J Tedesco tries V Holmes 4 goals) at Mt Smart Stadium. Referee: Ashley Klein.

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