Kangaroos Set To Demolish Kiwis

Johnathan Thurston Try Line - Large
Johnathan Thurston will once again direct the Kangaroos around on Friday night. Image courtesy of news.com.au
Australia v New Zealand
Allianz Stadium
Friday May 2 – 7:45 PM (AEST)

AUS 32 - NZ 12
2012: AUS 20 - NZ 12
2011: AUS 20 - NZ 10
2010: AUS 12 - NZ 8
2009: AUS 38 - NZ 10

There is no such thing as a sure thing, but the Australian Kangaroo  side is as close as you can get to it. The world champions are not only set to retain the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy, but also match the run of the Australian side of the early 80’s, simply dubbed “The Invincibles”. Coming up against a New Zealand  side filled with rookies and debutants, the task seems a little easier.

The Aussies are the best in the world. They proved that in England last year. A team full of future Immortals, this Kangaroos side is starting to become the best we have ever seen. Naming close to the same unit which beat the Kiwis at Old Trafford in November, coach Tim Sheens has found no need to waver from incumbency. The only question mark over the side is who to play at fullback. Many are calling for Greg Inglis to be put back there, but as long as Billy Slater is fit, the chances of that happening are small.

New Zealand has gone in a different direction. Moving away from incumbency, Stephen Kearney has looked to the future. Being without a host of players due to injury, the Kiwi coach has decided to use this opportunity to blood some young talent. With a total of five debutants, the men from across the Tasman have a huge task ahead of them. Without playmakers Kieran Foran, Thomas Leuluai, Josh Hoffman and Issac Luke, another big decision had to be made. The inclusion of Isaac John at five-eighth and Ben Henry at hooker is a shock in itself. Henry is predominately a back rower, and John lined up for Penrith’s NSW Cup side on Saturday. Missing key players and the surprise dropping of enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, the Kiwis are looking vulnerable.

The story of David v Goliath is an understatement. Expect this one to be a white-wash, with the Aussies likely to wipe the floor with the Kiwis.

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