Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kiwis beat world champions in Auckland

Kiwis beat world champions in Auckland

Australia scored moments later to take a 12-8 lead at the break but Watene-Zelezniak, who justified his appointment as skipper with a starring display from fullback, said they never dropped their heads.

"It's unbelievable, surreal", said Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who was captaining New Zealand for the first time.

JOSEPH Manu has continued his stellar NRL form into the global arena, starring for New Zealand on debut in his team's shock win over Australia.

However, the Kiwis surged into a 26-12 lead with tries from Brandon Smith, Esan Marsters and Jordan Rapana, before a late charge from Australia. "They took it up for the crowd and our country and did our families proud. We've set the foundation now, so we've got to keep building on top of that".

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In 2016, he patted the ball over the net on several occasions when serving and walked back to his chair while his opponent served. As Klahn accepted the plaudits from the crowd, Kyrgios left the court using his mobile phone.


Australia entered Saturday's match as an overwhelming favourite, so much so that in the first between the teams in New Zealand in more than four years, Mt.

Kiwis coach Michael Maguire discusses what was said at halftime to spur his side to victory over Australia at Mt Smart. New Zealand was on a three-match losing streak in tests against all countries, and discouraged fans stayed away. The first game in the post-Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston era was always going to be a tough adjustment for the Kangaroos. It started slowly and poorly, but the last 20 minutes of the first half was a cracker.

But they will want to quickly bounce back given giant-slayers Tonga await at the same Auckland venue next Saturday in what will be a sellout.

"From my point you nearly feel like you've let the past players down", Cook said.

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To go with his try assist, Manu bagged a four-pointer of his own, with his match-up against Tricolours teammate Latrell Mitchell one of the best positional battles in the game.

Australia's late rally put the Kiwis under pressure but the were able to see off the threat.

However the Kiwis also had a new-look team, with Watene-Zelezniak making his debut as captain and Manu and Smith joining the new players blooded in June's Denver Test against England.

"It was pretty disappointing, our ball control, and we showed when we held it we can score some points".

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The Kiwis are next in action when they travel to the United Kingdom for a three-Test series against England later this month.

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