New Zealand 8-14 Australia

Saturday 5th November 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 2

8-14 FT

HT: 0 10

Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry

  • New Zealand

  • Tries
    Solomone Kata, Jordan Rapana,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

  • Australia

  • Tries
    Blake Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston,

  • Goals
    Johnathan Thurston 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary


Three wins from three for Australia against New Zealand with victory in Coventry

Australia survived a dramatic finish to make it three wins out of three against New Zealand in 2016 to move inexorably closer to regaining the world number one ranking from their arch rivals.

The Kangaroos followed up their opening 54-12 Ladbrokes Four Nations win over Scotland with a scrappy but more telling 14-8 victory over the Kiwis in front of what was left of the 21,009 crowd at Coventry\'s Ricoh Arena for the second half of the double header.

New Zealand, fresh from their morale-boosting 17-16 win over England, were far more competitive than in their two earlier defeats by Mal Meninga\'s men and will take confidence from their latest performance if the teams meet again in the Anfield final on November 20.

Trailing 14-4 with four minutes left, Shaun Johnson produced a trademark moment of magic to create a try for winger Jordan Rapana to cut the gap to six points and crossed himself with just seconds left but was unable to ground the ball.

Man of the match was Kangaroos winger Blake Ferguson, who took Darius Boyd\'s pinpoint pass to cross at the corner after nine minutes and four minutes later cut inside following smart work from Michael Morgan to get Johnathan Thurston over.

Thurston\'s first goal made it 10-0 and that is how it stayed until half-time, although the Kangaroos twice went close to doubling their score with centre Justin O\'Neill held short of the line by a desperate tackle from Adam Blair and substitute prop David Klemmer held up on his back.

The Kiwis had their moments but their best chance of the first half came 20 metres from their own line when Rapana intercepted Boyd\'s pass to race into space and was only denied a long-range try by a last-ditch ankle tap from Greg Inglis.

New Zealand were the first to strike in the second half, with centre Solomone Kata producing a strong finish at the corner to score his first try for his country.

Johnson was unable to convert, though, and Australia re-established a two-score advantage with a Thurston penalty on 54 minutes.

As the Kangaroos pressed for the clinching score, Ferguson thought he had got it when he came up with an acrobatic finish at the corner but referee Ben Cummins disallowed the try for a forward pass.

Thurston settled for another penalty to stretch the lead but there was almost another twist in the last few minutes.

Johnson re-gathered his own kick over the Australian defence to create a third try in two Four Nations games for Rapana but was again wide the conversion attempt and was then turned onto his back as he attempted to go over for what might have been an equalising score.


  • 77: TRY! scored for New Zealand by Jordan Rapana
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 49: TRY! scored for New Zealand by Solomone Kata
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 15: TRY! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 10: TRY! scored for Australia by Blake Ferguson
  • Key Performers

    Justin O'Neill

    Metres 162
    9 9

    Valentine Holmes

    Metres 172
    9 9

    Blake Ferguson

    Metres 214
    9 9

    Jordon Rapana

    Metres 158
    1 1

    Jason Taumalolo

    Metres 160
    1 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    New Zealand 6
    Australia 4

    Goals:

    New Zealand 0
    Australia 6

    METRES:

    New Zealand 1384
    Australia 1736

    CARRIES:

    New Zealand 175
    Australia 188

    TACKLES:

    New Zealand 372
    Australia 342

    OFFLOADS:

    New Zealand 14
    Australia 7

    PENALTIES:

    New Zealand 7
    Australia 4

    BREAKS:

    New Zealand 3
    Australia 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Solomone Kata 1 0 13 1 5 4 0 11 85 7.73 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordon Rapana 1 0 8 0 0 3 1 15 158 10.53 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Kahu 0 0 5 0 0 5 1 16 115 7.19 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Gerard Beale 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 9 70 7.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall 0 1 10 0 1 2 0 18 126 7.00 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 20 1 3 0 1 10 65 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Shaun Johnson 0 0 29 5 2 7 8 7 60 8.57 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 1
    Jesse Bromwich 0 0 36 6 1 0 0 14 109 7.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Issac Luke 0 0 31 7 2 2 0 5 52 10.40 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Eastwood 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor 0 0 42 8 1 1 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Tohu Harris 0 0 47 8 7 0 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jason Taumalolo 0 0 25 2 5 3 0 17 160 9.41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Blair 0 0 34 5 1 0 0 10 79 7.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Lewis Brown 0 0 19 5 1 0 0 1 13 13.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Martin Taupau 0 0 16 4 2 4 0 10 83 8.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Manu Ma'u 0 0 22 5 1 0 0 9 44 4.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Blake Ferguson 1 1 7 2 0 8 0 19 214 11.26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Johnathan Thurston 1 0 15 1 4 0 8 9 42 4.67 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 0
    Darius Boyd 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 14 64 4.57 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Valentine Holmes 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 13 172 13.23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Inglis 0 0 16 2 4 1 0 10 96 9.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin O'Neill 0 0 12 2 3 6 0 16 162 10.13 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Morgan 0 1 22 4 2 1 0 6 52 8.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Scott 0 0 24 2 2 1 0 10 111 11.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Cameron Smith 0 0 43 10 4 2 3 7 72 10.29 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Aaron Woods 0 0 35 9 0 0 0 17 118 6.94 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Boyd Cordner 0 0 25 4 3 2 0 17 148 8.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Gillett 0 0 36 6 1 1 0 10 85 8.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Trent Merrin 0 0 28 4 1 1 0 10 87 8.70 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Shannon Boyd 0 0 28 6 2 1 0 7 67 9.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Maloney 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 3 21 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Klemmer 0 0 18 1 1 4 0 10 137 13.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Thaiday 0 0 21 4 2 1 0 10 88 8.80 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties