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Australia vs New Zealand Rugby League Test Preview and Team News - Perth plays host to first ever Rugby League International

Andrew Hendrie 13 Oct 2016
  • Australia and New Zealand clash in a Test match in Perth on Saturday night
  • Kangaroos had lost their last three matches with New Zealand until this year's 16-0 ANZAC Test triumph
Australia and New Zealand square off on Saturday night in Perth

Perth plays host to International Rugby League for the first time this Saturday night when Australia and New Zealand do battle.

Australia won their last meeting with New Zealand during this season’s mid-year ANZAC Test, coming away comfortable 16-0 winners.

The game will be played at nib Stadium in Perth with kick off scheduled for 7.50pm AEST (4.50pm local time). It will be broadcast live on Channel 9 in Australia, with live streaming coverage also available online (excl. Australia).



Match Preview

While the Kangaroos managed to topple the Kiwis in the ANZAC Test, the Australian side are still going through their worst run in international rugby league since the 1970s.

Prior to that clash, Australia had lost their last three encounters with New Zealand, including the most recent Four Nations final. All up, the Kangaroos have lost three of their last six international contests.

However Australia have traditionally been dominant in these one-off Test matches, with New Zealand usually needing a few matches to gel and form combinations before hitting their top level.

Mal Meninga is yet to name his final 17 players, however Aaron Woods and Josh Mansour will both be missing. Hulking winger Semi Radradra is another outside back who will likely miss out, with Sharks premiership winger Valentine Holmes primed to be his replacement.

Paul Gallen, Corey Parker and Andrew Fifita will also be absent in the forwards, meaning the likes of Trent Merrin, David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner and Tyson Frizell will be fighting for a starting spot.

Meanwhile, Kiwis boss David Kidwell has made six changes to the side that lost the ANZAC Test, including handing debuts to outside backs Solomone Kata and Jordan Rapana. Veterans Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Issac Luke, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Thomas Leuluai will also make their returns.

New Zealand can more than match Australia in the forwards, but it’s the halves where the Kangaroos have a distinct advantage. Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk are so reliable in attack, while New Zealand’s success largely depends on whether or not Shaun Johnson has a blinder at halfback. The Warriors star was extremely inconsistent and battled injury problems throughout 2016, so it will be interesting to see how Johnson performs - especially with the Four Nations beginning later this month in the UK.

But overall, you can’t tip against the Kangaroos in Australia. Expect a tough battle through the middle early, but if Australia weather the storm, look for Thurston and Cronk to take control and ease the Kangaroos home in the final 20 minutes. I’m still expecting a close battle, but Australia should prove too strong.


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