25 Oct 2009

Late try denies Kiwis win

10:59 am on 25 October 2009

Cameron Smith's last-gasp try rescued Australia from defeat in their opening Four Nations clash in London, as the Kangaroos drew 20-20 with New Zealand at the Twickenham Stoop.

In an entertaining clash in front of a crowd of 11,529, the world champion Kiwis looked set for victory when Frank Pritchard crossed with just five minutes remaining, before Melbourne skipper Smith struck in the 78th minute.

Sydney Roosters prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala put the world champions in front after just five minutes before Brett Morris went over for a try on his debut, to see the sides locked at six-all at the break.

The Kangaroos got off to the perfect start after the interval when Jonathan Thurston picked the ball from the hands of Lance Hohaia to scamper over, before Hohaia conceded a penalty which stretched Australia's lead to eight points.

Tries to Junior Sau and Hohaia then switched the momentum in the Kiwis' favour, before Frank Pritchard looked to have sealed the upset with just five minutes to go.

But winger Bryson Goodwin missed the conversion, before Smith picked up a Greg Inglis pass to score with just two minutes remaining.

Jonathan Thurston then slotted the extras to save the Kangaroos some blushes.