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Australia vs New Zealand Tips & Preview - Kiwis to cover against Kangaroos in Pacific Championship

The Kangaroos and Kiwis meet in a preview of the Pacific Championships final with both sides having already qualified for next week’s decider in Hamilton.

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The last time the great Trans-Tasman rivals met was last year’s World Cup semi-final with the Kangaroos getting home 16-14 on the back of tries to Josh Addo-Carr, Val Holmes and Cam Murray.

Every contest between the Kangaroos and Kiwis offers the chance to make a statement and claim bragging rights so nothing will be left in the tank, particularly in the early exchanges when James Fisher-Harris and Moses Leota lock horns with debutant Flegler and Cowboys hard nut Cotter.

Kiwis: An unchanged 17 from last week’s 50-0 hammering of Toa Samoa. After being a late addition to the starting side at hooker in week two, Kieran Foran will wear the No.9 jersey against Australia with Fa’amanu Brown reverting to the bench. Brown joins centre Matthew Timoko and fellow bench men Griffin Neame and Leo Thompson in making his second Test appearance for New Zealand. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Joey Manu are expected to again share time at fullback.

Kangaroos: Five-eighth Cameron Munster is in doubt after missing training on Wednesday due to illness with Nicho Hynes a possibility to make his Test debut in the halves. Valentine Holmes has been recalled to the Australian side having served his one-game ban and will replace Selwyn Cobbo on the wing. Props Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui are set to be rested after being listed among the reserves, their places in the front row taken by Jake Trbojevic and Test debutant Thomas Flegler. Maroons star Reuben Cotter will start in the back row and Liam Martin goes to 18th Man.

Australia vs New Zealand Tips

The Kiwis will be out for sweet revenge when they take on Australia for the first time since their agonising two-point defeat in the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup.

The line is at 9.5 with the Kangaroos as the favourites, which I am going to fade. Combinations are key and although the backline is pretty much the same for Australia, the Kangaroos two best performers in the game against Samoa, Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleau, have been left out, which will see a territory shift to the Kiwis.

The game total is also set at 42.5, which is a little high I believe, as we should see more of a defensive and field position battle. Meanwhile, the try-scoring form of Jamayne Isaako has put money in the bank all season and with a couple against Samoa.

Australia have rested 4 starters from last game.

The last time Australia and New Zealand met the game total was just 30 points.

New Zealand have lost by less than 10 points in 2 of their last 3 games against Australia.

Jamayne Isakko scored 24 tries in 24 games for the Dolphins this season.

Head to Head

The last time Australia and New Zealand met was in the semifinal of the World Cup, with the Kangaroos coming back from a 14-10 deficit at halftime to win 16-10 with Cameron Murray scoring the game-winner in the second half.

Australia Form

Australia took care of Samoa in the opening game of the Pacific Championships, with the Kangaroos getting up 38-12.

It was not an overly polished performance from the star-studded Aussies, however, they did what they had to do to contain whatever Samoa tried to throw at them.

The front-rowers from Australia were the real difference in the engine room, with Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleau running for over 130 metres each and both recording a linebreak.

Australia also found a spark from Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who crossed the line on either side of halftime to give Australia a comfortable buffer in the second half.

Australia Team News

Valentine Holmes, having completed his suspension, has been chosen for the wing, taking over from Selwyn Cobbo.

A new front-row partnership featuring Jake Trbojevic and Tom Flegler will replace Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, who are resting.

Liam Martin has been moved down to the 18th man position, and Reuben Cotter has been selected to take his place in the backrow.

Nicho Hynes has been listed on the bench and will make his debut for the Kangaroos, alongside Flegler.

Despite Harry Grant also being named on the bench, the Cronulla halfback will serve as a utility player.

Australia Team List

1. James Tedesco

2. Dylan Edwards

3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

4. Kotoni Staggs

5. Valentine Holmes

6. Cameron Munster

7. Daly Cherry-Evans

8. Jake Trbojevic

9. Ben Hunt

10. Tom Flegler

11. Cameron Murray

12. Reuben Cotter

13. Isaah Yeo


14. Harry Grant

15. Lindsay Collins

16. Pat Carrigan

17. Nicho Hynes


18. Liam Martin

19. Selwyn Cobbo

20. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

21. Payne Haas

New Zealand Form

The Kiwis did a real number on Samoa in their match last week, sending them home with a giant duck egg for their troubles.

New Zealand looked sharp in their 50-0 belting of Samoa last Saturday. The Kiwis had 65% of the territory, ran for over 700 more metres and had 12 linebreaks to Samoa’s 0.

Jamayne Isaako continued his NRL-leading try-scoring form with a double on the night and scored almost half of the Kiwi’s points with his 2 tries and 7 goals. The winger also tallied 2 linebreaks and 8 tackle busts.

New Zealand Team News

The New Zealanders have named the same 17 that beat Samoa 50-0.

New Zealand Team List

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

2. Ronaldo Mulitalo

3. Matthew Timoko

4. Joseph Manu

5. Jamayne Isaako

6. Dylan Brown

7. Jahrome Hughes

8. James Fisher-Harris

9. Kieran Foran

10. Moses Leota

11. Isaiah Papali’i

12. Briton Nikora

13. Joseph Tapine


14. Fa'amanu Brown

15. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

16. Griffin Neame

17. Leo Thompson


18. Naufahu Whyte

19. Danny Levi

20. Wiremu Greig

21. Keano Kini


The Kiwis are out to win the Pacific Championship and will want nothing more than to get a victory over the Australians. The 9.5 point start is a gift which the Kiwis will cover if they do not take victory.

This game will be tussle with more defence than the opening two weeks, so the Under game total will hit. Jamayne Isaako continues to score at least a try a game in 2023 so he will go over for a 4-pointer.


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