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Kiwis feel the heat

Source: FAIRFAX             NZ NEWS Townsville: The Kiwis could not defy history or Queensland famed State of Origin heroes to secure a drought-breaking trans-Tasman test victory in Townsville, but a
14 Oct 2012 11:38

Source: FAIRFAX
            NZ NEWS

Townsville: The Kiwis could not defy history or Queensland famed State of Origin heroes to secure a drought-breaking trans-Tasman test victory in Townsville, but a gallant effort suggests their reign as world champions might not be on borrowed time a year out from their title defence in England.
One-off, end-of-season tests are usually an exercise in futility for New Zealand rugby league, but at least the Kangaroos were pushed to the limit before they extended their current winning sequence over the Kiwis to five with a 18-10 victory at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
The Four Nations holders needed to finish strongly to quell a Kiwis side that produced plenty of resolve 12 months after they were thrashed 42-6 in Newcastle.
The Kangaroos required a 71st minute try to Darius Boyd to deny New Zealand their first triumph in a one-off test between the nations since 2003 in North Harbour and retain the Bill Kelly Trophy.
Kangaroos 18 (Cameron Smith, James Tamou, Darius Boyd tries; Johnathan Thurston 3 goals)
Kiwis 10 (Issac Luke, Gerard Beale tries; Krisnan Inu goal). Halftime: 10-10




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