As it happened: Late Kiwis surge not enough against dominant Kangaroos

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The Kangaroos have held on only just, edging the Kiwis 14-8 this morning at Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

FULLTIME - Kiwis 8 Australia 14

78 mins: Kiwis 8 Australia 14

TRY! Jordan Rapana scores a beautiful try set up by the magic man himself Shaun Johnson. Johnson misses the conversion.

70 mins: Kiwis 4 Australia 14

62 mins: Kiwis 4 Australia 12

NO TRY! Blake Ferguson's try is disallowed with the touch judge ruling the final pass from Darius Boyd going forward.

57 mins: Kiwis 4 Australia 12

55 mins: Kiwis 4 Australia 10

48 mins: Kiwis 4 Australia 10

TRY! Solomone Kata powers his way over with a brilliant surging run carrying several Kangaroos players with him over the chalk. Shaun Johnson misses the shot at goal from out wide.

40 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

And we are back underway!

Adam Blair on the run from Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston
Trans Tasman NZRL Kiwis v Australia Test Match at Hunter Stadium, Newcastl,e Australia. Friday 6 May 2016. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.nz

Kiwis forward Adam Blair on the run from Kangaroos backs Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston.

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HALFTIME - Kiwis 0 Australia 10

37 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

KNOCK DOWN! Jordan Rapana pops up again saving the Kiwis from letting in another four-pointer. Putting his hand out and knocking the pill on after a Sam Thaiday offload.

33 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

FEND! Jordan Rapana manages to wriggle his way out of his own in-goal putting on a big palm on Kangaroos' winger Valentine Holmes. He saves his side from having to make a  goal-line drop out and defend. 

31 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

NO TRY! Desperate defence by Jordan Kahu stops Justin O'Neill from scoring a four-pointer for Australia. The TMO rules the centre lost control of the ball as he crossed the white line. 

30 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

MISTAKE! A rare mistake by star Kangaroos half Johnathan Thurston saves the Kiwis from leaking in another try. The NZ side has no answer to Australia's dominant attack.

25 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

21 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

INTERCEPT! Jordan Rapana makes an excellent break but Greg Inglis does enough to slow down the Kiwis winger with the Australian cover defence getting back in time to stop Rapana. But a poor pass from the Kiwis at dummy half forces Shaun Johnson to spill the ball - just as the Kiwis looked likely to score.

18 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

OUCH! Greg Inglis rattles Jordan Kahu with a massive spot tackle. The Kiwis fullback stays down with replays showing Inglis' shoulder making contact with Kahu's face.

12 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 10

TRY! Johnathan Thurston has scored a great try with the Kiwis struggling to contain the dominant Kangaroos.

The Cowboys' combination in the halves is proving to be lethal with Michael Morgan creating havoc in the lead up taking on the Kiwis line.

Before finding Blake Ferguson who is again involved in the Australian attack - linking up with Thurston who finishes things off for the green and golds. JT adds the extras and the Aussies lead 10-0. 

9 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 4

TRY! Kangaroos make the Kiwis pay through Blake Ferguson. The Aussies looking crisp opting for two back door plays before they find Ferguson lurking on the right edge - hitting him with a skip ball. The Roosters star showed great skill putting on a big right foot step to score the opening try of the match. Johnathan Thurston misses the conversion from out wide.

6 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 0

4 mins: Kiwis 0 Australia 0

Neither team looks very threatening, feeling each other out early in the opening five minutes of the match happy to just complete their sets. 

Kick-off: Kiwis 0 Australia 0

And we are underway with the Kangaroos kicking off to NZ.

PRE MATCH

Australia were comfortable winners the last time these two sides met, claiming a 26-6 victory in Perth. The Kiwis scraped a 17-16 win in their last outing, but will need to be on top of their game to beat the Kangaroos this time.

Coach David Kidwell has had his hand forced, with injuries to Jason Nightingale and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. The Kiwis have named a strong side regardless, and will be hoping to make up ground on their trans-Tasman rivals. 

The defending Four Nations champs will be fielding an unchanged line-up to the one which went down to Australia 26-6 in Perth a fortnight ago.
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The Kangaroos have had a somewhat easy time of late. After their huge victory over the Kiwis in Perth, the Kangaroos romped to a 54-12 victory in their opening game against Scotland.

Coach Mal Meninga has raised eyebrows with his team selection, naming Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan ahead of James Maloney, who will appear from the bench. The Kangaroos can go a long way to securing another Four Nations crown with a victory tonight.

TEAMS:

David Kidwell will come up against super-coach Wayne Bennett as the Kiwis look to get off to a winning start.
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Kiwis: 1. Jordan Kahu, 2. Gerard Beale, 3. Solomone Kata, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Thomas Leuluai, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jesse Bromwich (c), 9. Issac Luke, 10. Adam Blair, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Lewis Brown, 15. Martin Taupau, 16. Manu Ma'u, 17. Greg Eastwood.

Kangaroos: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O'Neill, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Shannon Boyd, 16. Sam Thaiday, 17. James Maloney.

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