1 Dec 2013

Graham Lowe says Kiwis beaten before kickoff

7:05 pm on 1 December 2013

The former New Zealand rugby league coach Graham Lowe is calling for an independent review of the national set-up, after Australia thrashed the Kiwis in Sunday morning's World Cup final at Old Trafford.

The plaudits are pouring in for Australia's rugby league team, following the Kangaroos 34-2 demolition of New Zealand to easily claim a 10th World Cup title.

And Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney says there's not much more they could've done - though Kearney admits his team also didn't bring their best game.

He says that's as good a game as he's seen the Kangaroos play.

But that doesn't wash with Lowe, who says Kearney's not getting the team properly prepared mentally, and they weres beaten before kickoff.

The State of Origin-winning coach says the New Zealand side was on a par with the Kangaroos and it's a psychological mindset that needs changing.

Meanwhile Kiwis star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck limped off early on, and he's going for scans for a suspected broken leg.

Two other wings, Australia's Brett Morris and his New Zealand counterpart Manu Vatuvei, were lucky to escape serious injury, after both players went through Old Trafford's tiny in-goal areas, down a slope and crashed into the advertising hoardings at high speed.