A brace from Greg Inglis has led the Kangaroos side to a cruisy 26-6 win over the Kiwis in the warm-up match before the Four Nations tournament begins.
The game played at Perth’s nIB Stadium leaves new Kiwis coach David Kidwell with a lot of work to do, with his side unable to break down the Roos defence.
Inglis, who scored is 30th try for the Roos in the game, was a standout performer as more than 20,000 watched the entertaining contest.
The first couple of tries went in favour of the Roos through some crafty play, before the Kiwis hit back with one of their own after Kevin Proctor scored.
But it was not the start of a comeback for the Kiwis as tries to debutant Val Holmes and a second to Inglis put the match beyond doubt.
Despite a spirited effort by Kiwis debutant to get his side back into the contest, he was deemed offside late in the game and denied a try.
To rub salt into the wound, Boyd Cordner was the next to score for the Roos, running a great line and powering over.
The loss leaves the Kiwis side with some work to do ahead of the Four Nations.
Coach David Kidwell admits that he made some mistakes in his first game but that his side must work hard to get better.
“That is a harsh lesson for myself for the first time in the job,” he said.
“I didn’t purposefully leave him [Jason Taumalolo] on the sidelines like that.
“I take responsibility for that.”
The simple mistakes let them down and Kidwell spoke to his players post-game about the need to lift and go toe-to-toe with the forwards.
“We learnt some harsh lessons and I have addressed those with the boys,” Kidwell said.
“You can’t give a team like Australia that much ball and that much opportunity,”
“I thought we got ourselves back in the game but we have to be more consistent than that.
“There were a couple of simple errors and we have to finish our sets better than that.”
Australia 26 (Greg Inglis 2, Darius Boyd, Valentine Holmes, Boyd Cordner tries; Johnathan Thurston 3 goals) defeated New Zealand 6 (Kevin Proctor try; Issac Luke goal) at nib Stadium. Crowd: 20,283. Half-time: Kangaroos 8-0.