But Aussies have sting in tail

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looked to ease through the New Zealand de­fence ev­ery time they got within 10 me­tres of the try­line.

Miss­ing 43 tack­les, 18 more than the Aus­tralians, and com­mit­ting more er­rors didn’t help the home side’s cause.

The Ki­wis took a brief lead mid­way through the first half but they never looked con­vinc­ingly on top of the match.

The sec­ond half was telling, when North Queens­land Cow­boys up-and­comer Enari Tuala went over in the cor­ner five min­utes af­ter the break.

Stamp­ing their author­ity on the score­board, the vis­i­tors re­fused to slam the door on their hosts.

A num­ber of han­dling er­rors in­side their own half in­vited pres­sure from the Ju­nior Ki­wis.

Winger Steven Marsters made them pay with an ini­tial one-armed take af­ter a deft bomb from fiveeighth Dean Blore fell into his hands for New Zealand’s fifth try.

Down by 10 with the time on the clock in sin­gle fig­ures, the Ju­nior Ki­wis couldn’t mount a charge.

In­stead, Tuala slammed the door shut in the 78th minute, cross­ing the stripe for his side’s sev­enth try of the af­ter­noon to seal an Aus­tralian vic­tory. late gamewin­ning

Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos 40 (T. Fa’asua­maleaui 2, E. Tuala 2, L. Ger­aghty, T. Fle­gler, C. Al­lan tries; Z. Lo­max 6 cons) Ju­nior Ki­wis 24 (S. Mul­lany, I. Pa­pali’i, J. Fer­ris, J. Vuna, S. Marsters tries; C. Har­ris-Tavita 2 cons). Half­time: 24-16.

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