7 Nov 2010

Australia dump Kiwis

1:35 pm on 7 November 2010

Australia laid down a marker for next week's Four Nations rugby league final in Brisbane with a comfortable 34-20 win over New Zealand at Eden Park.

The two sides will do battle again at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday with the Kangaroos chalking up a psychological blow as a side containing four debutants, and seven changes to the one that beat England in Melbourne last week, silenced the noisy home crowd of just over 44 thousand.

The performance also made a mockery of claims from the New Zealand media that Australia were disrespecting the game by fielding a weakened team as a full-strength Kiwi outfit were put to the sword.

Australia scored six tries to three and led 18-10 at half time.

The frustration of seeing their side being outplayed was too much for a large section of the crowd who started to throw missiles towards the playing area.

Their disappointment was abated somewhat when Jason Nightingale and Shaun Kenny-Dowall went over for late consolation tries, but the final scoreline somewhat flattered the home side.

Stand-in Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith was in fine form with the boot, kicking three goals, with Todd Carney, who enjoyed a solid debut, converting three.

Earlier England beat Papua New Guinea 36-10.