The Kiwis are always the underdogs when they play the Kangaroos and on Friday night they were once again not expected to win.
The Kangaroos have a team full of stars and some of the greatest players to ever play in the NRL, so the Kiwis were in for a very tough match as coach Stephen Kearney decided to pick a lot of young players.
This strategy almost worked as the Kiwis played very well and played with lots of energy and enthusiasm. The Australians were too good in the end winning 30-18 but the Kiwis showed that they can compete with this great Australian team and proved many people wrong.
The Kiwis started off strongly in the first half as their forwards were able to gain good metres. Sam Moa and Jesse Bromwich were very good for the Kiwis and they were able to give the Aussies a few headaches. The first half was full of exciting footy as both teams scored some nice tries but the Kiwis went in to half time with small lead.
The Australians came out in the second half and showed how good they are. The Kiwis had plenty of chances to seal the game and increase their lead, but they didn't have the same class as they Aussies. They tried hard to stop the Kangaroos but with so many great players, the Aussies managed to score some great tries. The Kiwis kept trying but couldn't quite break the Kangaroos down and ended up loosing by 12 points.
Everyone was proud of the Kiwis performance. Their young players like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Peta Hiku both had solid games while Shaun Johnson was very good in the first half but couldn't keep up his good performance. Their forwards were very strong and coach Kearney must be pleased with how they matched up physically with the Aussies.
The Kiwis must now wait until after the NRL season when they will play in the Four Nations tournament. They'll play Australian, England and Samoa who defeated Fiji to earn the last spot.