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Match Report: Australia defeat New Zealand to win Championship

Australia vs. New Zealand 3

Nathan Taylor
Journalist
Rugby League Around the Grounds

Australia and New Zealand were locked at one win a piece in the Physical Disability Championship, both sides were hoping to grab the series today at St Mary’s Stadium.

Australia had early field position in New Zealand’s danger zone but a kick that went a little too long over the dead ball line would stop any momentum Australia had.

New Zealand winger Phil Milne made himself known to the Australian defence making some good metres down the sideline before he was helped off the field due to an injury after a tough tackle from the Australian prop Ed Sharp.

In the 10th minute we had our first try to Australia through centre Daniel Frost who finished off a nice backline move and showed a lot of pace burning a couple of New Zealand defenders and.

To add insult to injury he improved his position under the posts and so he was able to convert the goal to give his side a handy 6-0 lead.

Australia’s halfback Mitch Gleeson looked for a couple of opportunities to score but the New Zealand defence were able to keep him out.

With the first half siren sounding Australia went into the sheds with a 6-0 lead.

New Zealand hit back quickly to open the second half with Phil Milne returning onto the field after being cleared from injury and scoring a well deserved try in the corner.

Michael Kulene couldn’t convert from the sideline and scored remained 6-4 in Australia’s favour.

In the set after points Australia would get one back with their halfback seeing New Zealand were short defenders down the sideline and hustled the ball to Daniel Frost who raced away and scored in the corner.

His own conversion was unsuccessful and Australia lead 10-4.

Off the back of a big charge the Kiwi prop Jay Gilmour was injured in a tackle and was escorted off the field but not before some banter between himself and Australia’s Ed Sharp.

Che Formusek scored for the Kiwis in the 40th minute right in the corner but unfortunately Kulene couldn’t convert but Australia held a narrow 10-8 lead.

It was Australia hitting back again in the very next set and the hat-trick was completed as Daniel Frost crashed over the line off the back of a nice dummy half run down the short side.

Frost was unable to add the extras and Australia led with 7 minutes to go 14-8.

Australia went on to win the Physical Disability Championship over New Zealand two matches to one.

Australia: 14
Tries – Daniel Frost (3)
Goals – Daniel Frost

New Zealand:
Tries: Phil Milne, Che Formusek

 

Team Lists:

 

Australia New Zealand
Kyle Lloyd Che Fornusek (c)
George Tonna Phil Milne
Daniel Frost James Doolan
Jono Smith Paul Mulipola
Dylan Jobson Michael Kulene
Marco Quintao Jr. Josh Hyed
Mitch Gleeson Uturei Toparea
Ed Sharp Garry Kingi
Rylee Lowe Jason Gilmour
Tristan Gibbs Matthew Williams
Bill Bussell Bruce Cross
Joe Egan Interchange Gary Endacott (vc)
Peter Mitchell Interchange Tim Ragg
Joel Pragnell Interchange Jeremy Harris
Tood Dorward Interchange Josh Dench
Nick Healey Interchange Freeman Hickey
Ed Jobson Interchange Junior Leaupepe
Steve Cremna Interchange
Drew Gibbs Interchange