Australia far too strong for the Kiwis

In what is likely to be his last test in QLD, Darren Lockyer got just the result he would have been after, as the Kangaroos won the game against a spirited NZ side, winning 20-10 at Skilled Stadium.

The loss for NZ in the mid-year test, means that they have not won this particular clash, since 1998, spanning 13 years.

The match did not start well for the Kiwis, as the first play of the match saw prop Sam Rapira suffer an injury, most likely a broken finger, leaving the Kiwis with 16 players for the remainder of the match.

Australia also had their fair share of injuries, but not before a Darren Lockyer bomb produced the first try, with a high-flying Slater scoring, to make it 6-0.

Jamal Idris played in his first test match for Australia, and he came on, perhaps sooner than he may have expected, after Greg Inglis went off with a hip injury.

Despite their narrow lead, the Roos failed to put the Kiwis to the sword, as poor ball control cost them the chance to score more points, and the match seemed to be turning, after Benji Marshall stripped the ball from Jonathon Thurston.

With the Kiwis composure, now in a relaxed, but hungry state, they looked to put immense pressure on the Australian line, before a dropped ball from fullback Lance Hohaia stopped all momentum for the Kiwis.

After the game, Darren Lockyer said that the game was not just about his farewell QLD game, but it was about the team playing well, and for each other, which is what they did.

“At the moment I feel pretty happy about the win, I don’t think it all sinks in until the season’s over,” Lockyer said.

“Coming here tonight, what was important for me was for the team to perform and I did my job and we can all go home happy.”

Despite their loss, NZ five-eighth Benji Marshall was pleased with the way that his players hung in there, and fought right until the end.

“We gave ourselves every chance, we got ourselves back in the game,” Marshall said.

“We dropped too much ball, the boys hung in, there’s a lot to look forward to.

“It’s disappointing to lose, but they scored off a couple of crucial errors.

“You can’t give a good side that much ball, especially with Lockyer and Thurston in the team.”

3 Billy Slater

2 Darren Lockyer

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