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New Zealand ease past Australia: Tim Sheens and ageing Kangaroos under pressure to retain Test positions

Andrew Hendrie 4 May 2015
  • New Zealand upstaged Australia 26-12 in the Anzac Test on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium
  • It's the first time since 1953 that the Kiwis have beat the Kangaroos on three consecutive occasions
  • Tim Sheens and several of the ageing Kangaroos are under huge pressure to retain their positions
Australia lost to New Zealand for the third straight time on Sunday.

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has almost certainly coached his last game in charge of Australia following Sunday’s Anzac Test loss to New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium.

New Zealand registered their third straight win over Australia for the first time since 1953 after producing an emphatic opening 40 minutes to blow the Kangaroos out of the game.

Man-of-the-match Manu Vatuvei scored a double within eight minutes before a rare Greg Inglis mistake handed Shaun Kenny-Dowall a gift four-pointer just before the break. While the Kangaroos enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half they couldn’t translate it into points, with the Kiwis holding on for a historic 26-12 triumph.

Australia are now in danger of losing their No.1 ranking, with New Zealand only needing to defeat England in an end-of-year three-game series to rise to the top.

It was the third oldest Kangaroos side in history that took the field in the rescheduled Test, with forward duo Corey Parker and Sam Thaiday admitting before the clash that their representative careers could be over with a loss.

When asked if it was time to consider blooding “generation next”, Sheens said he didn’t want to think about that at the moment.

"For me I don't want to broach that tonight," he said after the loss. "It is a discussion point that has got to be looked at by a lot of people and with no football until this time next year it's a difficult one - when are you going to play them?"

Sheens also didn’t want to comment on his own future - saying everyone is under pressure to retain their respective positions.

"There will be scrutiny on everyone's position," he said.

To add further insult, forward Greg Bird was played on report for a dangerous through in the 74th minute, while Josh Dugan suffered an ankle injury.



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