In a lively Rugby League World Cup semi-final game at Headingley, Leeds, Oct 1, the Australian title holders beat New Zealand 21-15.
SV Placard 'Australia v New Zealand.
SV PAN People queueing.
TV Teams shake hands.
TV Start of play.
TV PAN Hambley runs with ball, passes to Irvine, who is brought down.
LV PAN Carlson converts.
TV PAN Roberts (N.Zealand) is brought down from scrum.
TV PAN Brown to Barnes who passes to Carlson who scores a try for Australia.
TV Carlson fails to convert.
TV PAN play.
STV Play leading up to penalty.
SV PAN Eastlake (N.Zealand) converts.
CJ Scoreboard Australia one goal, two tries, - 8 points, N.Zealand one goal, 2 - points.
SV PAN Turner passes to Eastlake, to Hadfield who scores a try for N.Zealand.
SV PAN Eastlake converts.
SV PAN Wells takes ball over for a try for Australia.
TV PAN Carlson converts.
SV PAN Menzies takes ball over try for N.Zealand
SV PAN Eastlake, (N.Zealand) converts.
TV Players leave field at end of game
CU Score board: Australia: 3 goals, 5 tries: 21 points, N.Zealand 3 goals, 3 tries; 15 points.
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Background: In a lively Rugby League World Cup semi-final game at Headingley, Leeds, Oct 1, the Australian title holders beat New Zealand 21-15.
Watched by a crowd of barely 11,000, Carlson gave Australia the lead from a comfortable position after eight minutes, when New Zealand ran offside within their "25". After just missing another penalty kick from 35 yards, Carlson kept the Kiwis busy with two tries, although he could not add the goals.
By this time, New Zealand looked well and truly beaten. Three times Australia were penalized and each time Eastlake kicked wide until, after 35 minutes, he finally brought one in. Half-time saw the 'Kangaroos' with 8 points against the 'Kiwi' side's 2.
Then, within the first three minutes of the second half, New Zealand gave the Australians a frightful shock. Eastlake started it and Turner sent an inside pass to Hadfield, who swept past Barnes to the posts for a try, improved by Eastlake, to get within one point of an equal score. Eight minutes later, Eastlake missed another penalty chance.
Australia started to hit back hard. Raper was hurt but soon recovered to help the Aussie siege. The assault paid off after 57 minutes, with Carlson dancing in at the corner for his third try. Shortly after, Wells strode down the middle for a try between the posts, improved by Carlson.
The Kangaroos' apparently massive lead of 16 to 7 points was quickly reduced when Menzies raced 25 yards from the scrum for a try between the posts, and Eastlake converted. Gasnier and Carlson countered with a try and goal for Australia after 70 minutes. And almost on time Turner gave New Zealand a last boost with another try which Eastlake failed to improve.
TEAMS: AUSTRALIA: Barnes; Carlson, Gasnier; Wells, Irvine; Brown, Muir; Beattie, Mossop, Kelly, Parcell, Hambly, Raper.
NEW ZEALAND: Pillips; Hadfield, Turner, Eastlake, Denton; Menzies, Roberts; Maxwell, Butterfield, Johnson, Ackland, Oliff, Cooke.
Referee - Mr.E.Clay (Leeds)