Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset

The Kiwis have upset the world champion Kangaroos 26-24 in their one-off Test in Auckland

JOSEPH Manu has continued his stellar NRL form into the worldwide arena, starring for New Zealand on debut in his team's shock win over Australia. The Kiwis had to wait for the Bunker to award the try and after a forensic review it was awarded.

The Kiwis on the other hand have been marred by a string of bad performances and questions are being posed about their culture after Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor's illicit drugs scandal following last year's Anzac Test in Canberra.

Asked about the looming threat posed by the Mate Ma'a, Watene-Zelezniak said: "I'm not too upset because I'm Tongan as well. We have got some work to do but we are on the right track".

"I think we take a lot of confidence".

Kiwis Assistant coach Ben Gardiner has told Clinton and Sam the last minutes of the game were insane.

"The boys have spoken about what kind of team they want to be so the fans do come along and come on the ride with us". "That's a really strong win from the boys for where we are in this position at the moment", Maguire said.

Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.

Maumalo made amends 10 minutes later when he crossed out wide after prop Martin Taupau delivered his second offload in as many minutes having come off the interchange bench and captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak passed the ball through his legs.

New Zealand trailed 12-8 at the break despite dominating possession and territory in the opening period.

Kiwis centre Joseph Manu scored his first Test try in the 35th minute after forcing his way through the defence of Mitchell and Holmes but halfback Johnson again missed the conversion.

The Kangaroos and Tonga will play for the first time in Auckland on Saturday.

With a relatively inexperienced squad playing under a new captain, the Kiwis dominated the Australians for the majority of the 80 minutes with the final score line nearly flattering the visitors. Smart Stadium was less than half full.

There were trys a-plenty, including by debutants such as Brandon Smith, the Kiwis went into a 26-12 lead and I said there was no way Australia were coming back from that.



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