Kan­ga­roos de­feat New Zealand in 4 Na­tions

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Aus­tralia took a huge stride to­wards reach­ing the fi­nal of the Four Na­tions af­ter de­feat­ing cur­rent hold­ers New Zealand 14-8 in Coven­try. Blake Ferguson and Johnathan Thurston tries gave the world cham­pi­ons a 10-0 lead at the break be­fore Solomone Kata crashed over for the Ki­wis. Two Thurston penal­ties put his team 12-4 up be­fore the Ki­wis’ Shaun John­son bril­liantly sent Jor­dan Ra­pana in. John­son went close to a try at the death but was held up over the line. It was a dra­matic fin­ish to a game that Aus­tralia had dom­i­nated for long pe­ri­ods with­out ever be­ing able to kill off a stub­born and tena­cious Kiwi side. The Kan­ga­roos face Eng­land in Lon­don on Sun­day in their fi­nal group game know­ing that it would take some­thing re­mark­able for them to miss out on the fi­nal at An­field a week later. They have four points from their two games and would need to suf­fer a heavy de­feat by Eng­land that looks in­cred­i­bly un­likely on cur­rent form. The Ki­wis would also have to thrash Scot­land in their last group game for Mal Men- inga’s team to miss out. Other re­sults: Eng­land 38-12 Scot­land. -BBC Sports

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