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2016 International Rugby League, Test Match - AUSTRALIAN KANGAROOS v NEW ZEALAND KIWIS.

Competition - Test Match.
Teams - Australia v New Zealand .
Venue - NIB Stadium, Perth Western Australia.
Date - October 15th 2016.
Photographer - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

By Jack Brady (

Two tries from Kangaroos centre Greg Inglis has helped Australia see off a willing Kiwis outfit 26-6 in a Four Nations warm-up Test at Perth's nib Stadium. 

Australia left new Kiwis coach David Kidwell with plenty of work to do ahead of the Four Nations in a fortnight's time, with Inglis securing his 30th try for Australia in front of a 20,000-strong crowd. 

Kiwis prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves made his presence known in the first three minutes of his Test return by hitting five-eighth Johnathan Thurston across the face, and putting his immediate Four Nations future in limbo. 

But it became much worse for New Zealand's rookie mentor Kidwell with a poor showing from veteran centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall and an uncharacteristic performance from skipper Jesse Bromwich. 

The Kangaroos scored the game's first try in the eighth minute when fullback Darius Boyd made cannon fodder of new centre-wing combination Kenny-Dowall and Jordan Rapana.

Inglis was the Kangaroos' next try scorer in the 14th minute when a Valentine Holmes kick deflected off the head of Kiwis fullback Jordan Kahu and into Inglis's arms to give the hosts an early 8-0 lead. 

New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson kicked into gear midway through the first half when a short ball put back-rower Kevin Proctor over for the Kiwis' first try. 

While a spirited effort from both sides followed for the remainder of the first stanza, the score remained unchanged at 8-6 by half-time.

It didn't take long for the Kangaroos to stretch ahead once again in the second half when Holmes scored in the 43rd minute after the home side capitalised immediately from another Kenny-Dowall error.

The Kangaroos put the result beyond doubt when Inglis scored his second try in the 68th minute. A grubber from dummy half by skipper Cameron Smith rebounded favourably off Inglis's legs, allowing him to simply fall on the ball over the white stripe.

Kiwis debutant – and perhaps his team's best – Solomone Kata looked to give New Zealand a sniff in the final six minutes but he was ruled to be offside by the bunker. 

Kangaroos back-rower Boyd Cordner put the icing on the cake after a strong individual performance with a four-pointer at the death when he bullocked his way past Johnson and Kenny-Dowall. 

Australia 26. Tries: Inglis (2), Boyd, Holmes, Cordner. Goals: Thurston (2/5). Penalty Goal: Thurston (1/1),

New Zealand 6. Tries: Proctor. Goal: Luke (1/1).

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