2016 Rugby League Four Nations

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  1. rhugh89

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    Kangaroos hold off Kiwis in Four Nations


    Sun 06 Nov, 2016, 8:55am
    By Jack Brady
    , National Correspondent , NRL.com


    The Kangaroos have continued their perfect 2016 Test record by downing New Zealand 14-8 in the second round of the Four Nations tournament.

    Even without regular halfback Cooper Cronk (rested), Australia were able to combat a fast-finishing New Zealand side to inch closer to a place in the Four Nations final at Anfield on November 20.

    Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson almost stole the game from the Kangaroos in the final two seconds of the match but was held up by veteran Australian duo Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd.

    New Zealand were ultimately left to lament their performance in the first 20 minutes where eventual Man of the Match Blake Ferguson ran rampant.

    Ferguson, who may not have even been in the side if not for Josh Mansour's ACL injury during the week, scored Australia's first try and set up the other.

    The Sydney Roosters utility's try came in the ninth minute when he finished off handy lead-up work of Cowboys duo Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston – who partnered in the halves in Australian colours for the first time.

    Morgan – who replaced Cronk in the Kangaroos' 17 – combined with Ferguson again five minutes later which led to the winger putting Thurston over for Australia's second try of the game.

    Australia were unlucky not to get a third try when centre Justin O'Neill was denied by the video referee after he was pulled up short by desperate New Zealand defence.

    With the Kangaroos up 10-0 at half-time, the Kiwis finally posted points through centre Solomone Kata's barnstorming dummy-half scoot in the 48th minute.

    However poor discipline from Martin Taupau and Tohu Harris shortly after saw Thurston kick a penalty goal to put the Kangaroos eight points ahead.

    Ferguson was denied a second try in the 61st minute when Darius Boyd's pass in the lead-up was ruled to be forward by referee Ben Cummins.

    Another Thurston penalty goal in the 70th minute helped Australia to a 10-point lead once again.

    A try to Rapana – from a magic Johnson chip-and-chase and no-look pass – with four minutes left on the clock kept New Zealand in with a glimmer of hope.

    But Australia's frantic defensive display from there showed why they remain favourites to take out the 2016 Four Nations tournament.

    Fulltime

    Australia - 14 (Blake Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston tries; Johnathan Thurston 3 goals)

    New Zealand - 8 (Solomone Kata, Jordan Rapana tries)

    Crowd: 21,009

    Man of the Match: Blake Ferguson (Australia)


    http://www.nrl.com/kangaroos-hold-off-kiwis-in-four-nations/tabid/10874/newsid/102419/default.aspx



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    England survive Scottish scare


    Sun 06 Nov, 2016, 6:10am
    By Jack Brady
    , National Correspondent , NRL.com


    England have kept their Four Nations chances alive with a comeback 38-12 victory over a brave Scotland outfit.

    Scotland set the pace early by securing an 8-0 lead in first 25 minutes before England slowly pegged their way back into proceedings.

    Following their disappointing one-point loss to New Zealand last weekend, England now need to beat Australia at London's Olympic Stadium to ensure their place in the tournament final at Anfield on November 20.

    They may still be without vice-captain James Graham (knee) who hardly sounded confident when discussing his medial injury during the match.

    While a win over the Bravehearts was expected, it didn't come easy for Wayne Bennett's Wall of White after Scotland centre Kane Linnett posted first points in the sixth minute.

    Scotland winger Matty Russell scored what could prove to be the try of the tournament 18 minutes later by touching down despite his entire body – bar his try-scoring arm - suspended over the sideline.

    England finally hit back in the 28th minute through back-rower Elliott Whitehead who easily slotted through Scotland's defence.
    Whitehead made it a double in the 35th minute when he skilfully regathered an ordinary grubber kick from halfback Luke Gale to secure a 12-8 half-time lead.

    England followed on from where they left off in the second half and finally capitalised through centre Mark Percival in the 49th minute.

    Winger Ryan Hall scored his 30th try in his 30th Test six minutes later thanks to a magic sideways grubber from eventual man of the match George Williams.

    Scotland captain Danny Brough was sin-binned in the 57th minute due to a professional foul of which England scored through Jermaine McGillvary immediately after.

    Gale scored his maiden Test try in the 62nd minute after being on the receiving end of some slick England passing through Scotland's middle defence.

    Scotland back-rower Dale Ferguson's try in the 70th minute offered some relief for the Bravehearts though it came at the cost of Liam Hood five minutes later when he was assisted off with a concussion.

    England back-rower Liam Farrell capped off the 26-point win when he scooped up a Williams kick that ricocheted off Scotland halfback Danny Addy.

    Fulltime

    England - 38 (Elliott Whitehead 2, Mark Percival, Ryan Hall, Jermaine McGillvary, Luke Gale, Liam Farrell tries; Luke Gale 5 goals)

    Scotland - 12 (Kane Linnett, Matty Russell, Dale Ferguson tries)

    Crowd: 21,009

    Man of the Match: George Williams (England)


    http://www.nrl.com/england-survive-scottish-scare/tabid/10874/newsid/102416/default.aspx

     
  2. Joshhh

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    Saying Scotland led for 25 minutes makes it sound lesser of a feat than it really was. Upon live viewing, in real time, Scotland were simply matching it with England at the start before actually leading for a long time. Coote really gave their backline some NRL polish allowing them to score some good tries. It's weird to think but with some of the NRL players in their backline, I daresay Scotland had a multiple backs that were of higher quality than some in the English backline. Anyway, back to the point, I was hoping England could have got the ball rolling straight away, but they still have a long way to go before they're regularly challenging if they're letting Scotland get to such a lead for the majority of a half.
     
  3. Matty23

    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    That second half was woeful by the Kangaroos. Luckily their defence was up to it otherwise the Kiwis would've beaten them in that last play.
     
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    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

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    The Kiwis forward pack on paper is in the best shape I've ever seen it, but they could really use Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for potency & Kieran Foran for kicking & organization right now. Johnson has been kicking terribly & barely gets into a game because he's always having to kick. Johnson probably likes to be in control of everything, but what he really needs is a coach to tell him to just run the ball & bring in another half with a kicking game. On another note, the Warriors will have the Kiwis spine next season.
     
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    Scotland have drew with New Zealand!! They have really come together as a team over this tournament. They've got a really good, experienced halfback, a quality playmaker in Coote, a solid NRL standard backline & few hard hitters in the forwards, which all came together for a decent team. They just about had it won too in the last 10 minutes before New Zealand scored 2 tries & looked like getting out of jail again.

    New Zealand on the other hand have big problems this tournament. They do nothing with a horrible kicking game for 50 minutes before getting scared & throwing the ball around to try & escape. England deserve to be in the final if we're picking the 2 best sides.
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    New Zealand have been very underwhelming, have some worrying signs moving forward.

    What would determine the final based on these results?
     
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    As it stands, If Australia beat England it will be a Australia vs New Zealand Final

    If England win or draw with Australia it will be an Australia vs England final

    Table below

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    [TD="align: center"]20[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]1[/TD]
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    Foran & Tuivasa-Sheck would make a big difference. Although no doubt they looked lethargic all tournament. Looks like they don't give a damn. If they had their forwards running all out with Foran kicking & Johnson just doing as he pleases they would give Australia a massive run for their money.
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Not sure as to why they didn't pick Lolohea at fullback this tournament. Kahu is good but he's a centre and not the exciting attacking flare they need at the back. Next year might be questionable with their halves as well because Foran still needs clearance to return to the game I believe.
     
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    Kangaroos squad to face England

    1. Darius Boyd
    2. Valentine Holmes
    3. Greg Inglis
    4.. Josh Dugan
    5. Blake Ferguson
    6. Johnathan Thurston
    7. Cooper Cronk
    8. Matt Scott
    9. Cameron Smith (c)
    10. Aaron Woods
    11. Boyd Cordner
    12. Matt Gillett
    13. Trent Merrin

    14. David Klemmer
    15. Michael Morgan
    16. Tyson Frizell
    17. Sam Thaiday
    18. Shannon Boyd
    19. Justin O'Neill


    http://www.nrl.com/kangaroos-squad-to-face-england/tabid/10874/newsid/102536/default.aspx
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I'd have O'Neill ahead of Dugan after his game last week.
     
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    Australia and New Zealand have named their squads for the final

    Australia

    1. Darius Boyd
    2. Blake Ferguson
    3. Greg Inglis
    4. Josh Dugan
    5. Valentine Holmes
    6. Johnathan Thurston
    7. Cooper Cronk
    8. Matt Scott
    9. Cameron Smith (c)
    10. Aaron Woods
    11. Boyd Cordner
    12. Matt Gillett
    13. Trent Merrin

    14. Michael Morgan
    15. David Klemmer
    16. Tyson Frizell
    17. Shannon Boyd
    18. Jake Trbojevic
    19. Justin O'Neill

    New Zealand

    Adam Blair
    Jesse Bromwich (c)
    Lewis Brown
    Greg Eastwood
    James Fisher-Harris
    David Fusitu’a
    Tohu Harris
    Shaun Johnson
    Jordan Kahu
    Solomone Kata
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Issac Luke
    Te Maire Martin
    Manu Ma’u
    Kevin Proctor
    Jordan Rapana
    Joseph Tapine
    Jason Taumalolo
    Martin Taupau
    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak


     
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    18-0 to Australia after 20 minutes, Kiwis look gone already
     
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    34-8 in the end, Went to bed at halftime it was over by then
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Had my alarm set but slept through it :lol: way too easy for us this tournament, we were in cruise control.
     
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    I ended up getting 2 hours sleep before work, Wish I didn't get up :lol:
     
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    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

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    I'm as Aussie as they come but I do enjoy watching them loses here. Especially now with meninga taking over, this is the second team he has taken who are massive overdogs in their competition and he gets the credit it's hilarious
     
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    Meninga has injected some youth into that Australian side which is good to see. The spine is one of the greatest to have ever played the game. Bit hard to lose.
     

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