It may be 44 Hours later than we planned, but we’re finally ready to go with the ANZAC Test here at Suncorp Stadium, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with a healthy crowd in attendance.
Hello everyone. Welcome to our coverage of the ANZAC Test, take 2.
Just before we get going, it’s been a big day already in Rugby League, so let’s have a look at what’s happened so far.
Australian Women 22-14 NZ Women
QLD Residents 36-32 NSW Rep Team
Country 34-22 City
We also had three games played last night at CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast, with the Junior Kangaroos and Kiwis going head-to-head, as well as Samoa playing Tonga, and PNG facing Fiji… let’s have a look at those results for you.
Junior Kangaroos 24-22 Junior Kiwis
Fiji 22-10 Papua New Guinea
Samoa 18-16 Tonga
Let’s turn our attention to everything happening here at Suncorp… New Zealand won the toss a short while ago, and they’re looking for their third win over Australia in succession, having won the last two encounters. BOTH of those wins came in the Four Nations tournament of 2014. They haven’t won three in a row since 1952-53, so they’ll be very keen to get out on the field, with extra incentive tonight, in a bid to re-write the records.
Here’s the two teams, and a few other pieces of info for you, as we countdown to kick-off, which is supposed to be 8pm, but with the weather the way it is, who knows.
2015 ANZAC Test
1. Greg Inglis
2. Josh Dugan
3. Will Chambers
4. Michael Jennings
5. Alex Johnston
6. Johnathan Thurston
7. Cooper Cronk
13. Corey Parker
12. Sam Thaiday
11. Greg Bird
10. Aaron Woods
9. Cameron Smith (c)
8. Matt Scott
14. Luke Lewis
15. Trent Merrin
16. Nate Myles
17. James Tamou
18th Man: Daly Cherry-Evans
Coach: Tim Sheens
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4. Peta Hiku
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
13. Simon Mannering (c)
12. Kevin Proctor
11. Tohu Harris
10. Ben Matulino
9. Issac Luke
8. Jesse Bromwich
14. Thomas Leuluai
15. Martin Taupau
16. Sam Moa
17. Greg Eastwood
18th Man: Lewis Brown
Coach: Stephen Kearney
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Television: Live on Channel Nine (AUS) & Sky Sports (NZ)
NSW/ACT/QLD/NT | 3:30pm AEST on NINE
VIC/TAS/SA/WA | 3:30pm AEST on GEM
Odds: Australia $1.38 | NZ $3.15 (as at 3:35pm AEST)
New Zealand 31
At Suncorp Stadium
New Zealand 7
Last Time They Played
2014 Four Nations Final:
New Zealand 22-18 Australia
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2014 ANZAC Test
Australia 30-18 New Zealand
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
This rescheduled Test Match marked the first time ever that a Test Match had been postponed due to weather on Australian soil.
it was the first time a Test involving Australia had been postponed due to weather since 1948, when the 3rd Test of the Ashes series in England was held up due to Fog.
With that, we’re now ready to go on a Sunday afternoon… The Last Post is being played now, and very soon the players will be with us for the Haka, the Anthems and the first half of this Test. See you soon!
New Zealand will run from right to left in the first half, after winning the toss, and we’ll head to the commentary box now, where calling the match for you will be Wally Lewis, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, and you guessed it, Ray Warren!
7th Minute | A Penalty Goal gives first points to the Kiwis! They lead 2-0.
14th Minute | TRY… Australia get the first try of the Test Match… it’s Thaiday crashing over for the Kangaroos… Johnathan Thurston kicks it from the sideline with consummate ease, and it’s 6-2 in favour of Australia.
20th Minute | TRY to Manu Vatuvei… New Zealand are back level in Brisbane.
Conversion from Johnson unsuccessful… so, we remain locked up!
29th Minute | Another TRY for Manu Vatuvei!!!
He’s done it again for New Zealand… they’re out numbering Australia on that wing, and they’re now out to a 12-6 lead thanks to a conversion from Shaun Johnson!
31st Minute | They’ve done it again… this time Johnson scores… it’s back-to-back tries for New Zealand in a matter of minutes. With the conversion from Johnson successful, New Zealand now lead 18-6 after 33 minutes.
38th Minute | Penalty Goal to Johnson… New Zealand now lead by 14… and Australia have conceded 20 points in the first half for the first time since the Test against Great Britain in 2003.
40th Minute | THEY’RE IN AGAIN… NEW ZEALAND ARE IN AGAIN… GREG INGLIS HAS MADE A MEAL OF IT… HE WAS TRYING TO PUSH THE BALL DEAD… HE’S MISSED IT, AND SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL GROUNDS IT… NEW ZEALAND LEAD BY 20 AT THE BREAK!
HALF-TIME | New Zealand 26-6 Australia
57th Minute | Will Chambers has scored a try… is there a comeback in the midst?
Thurston converts… it’s 26-12.
Great attendance at Suncorp for this Test Match… the rescheduling probably affected the attendance… whether it was in a positive or negative way, that is unknown, but still, it’s a very healthy number for a Sunday afternoon Test in Queensland!
FULL TIME | Australia lose three consecutive tests against the Kiwis for the first time since 1953.
It’s a great win for New Zealand… who’ve won this one 26-12… and will go to England at the end of the year, in pursuit of the number 1 ranking in the game of Rugby League.
The last few minutes of the match saw a mix of chances, missed opportunities, and continued brilliant defence from New Zealand… Australia were outplayed today… deprived the opportunity to play their natural game, and as a result, New Zealand have three on the trot for the first time in 62 years.
It’s the first time they’ve won the mid-year test since 1998, so it’s an historic day for the Kiwis… our friend, Stephen McIvor at Sky Sports in New Zealand will be very happy with that!
Manu Vatuvei has taken the Man of the Match award today, and now our attention returns to the NRL, which resumes on Friday Night.
Earlier today, City went down to Country in front of 9127 people in Wagga, and here at Suncorp, it was New Zealand who won against the odds, and gave Australia, and its selectors a pretty big wake up call… it was the third oldest Australian team to play a Test Match, and the Kiwis exploited that, and won comfortably.
From us here, goodnight!