Australia Claims 3-0 Series Win In Men’s Division
After taking out the series yesterday following two wins in the first two games of the series, Australia continued its dominance of the division, taking the eight touchdown win.
The Australian’s were impressive early, throwing the ball around which resulted in a touchdown to Jonathan Palau in the sixth minute, doing a trademark dive to score.
Cain Rangi levelled the game up at shortly after, diving over following an Aaron Nootai pass to score his first touchdown of the match.
Matt Prowse put the Aussies in the lead again in the ninth minute when he was on the receiving end of a Dylan Hennessey long ball. Rob Nakhla scores his first touchdown of the game two minutes later, to give Australia a 3-1 advantage and when Palau stepped around his winger following a Scott Buckley long ball, the Australians had a 4-1 lead.
Nakhla was next on the scoresheet for Australia when Stuart Brierty and Ben Moylan combined to send Nakhla over for his second touchdown in the 15th minute of the game.
New Zealand looked promising soon after but Prowse squashed any chance of a Kiwi touchdown, intercepting off New Zealand’s attacking line and running the length of the field to score.
Dean Williams hit back for New Zealand just before the half-time siren, to bring his side back to within four touchdowns, with Australia going to the break with a 6-2 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Australians to extend their lead in the second half, with Buckley hitting a good hole off a Hennessey ball to take a 7-2 lead.
Anthony Ziade was sent for a period of time soon after, but this didn’t stop the Australian’s flow, with Brierty scoring off another great Hennessey pass to score with just five men on the field and take a six touchdown advantage.
New Zealand’s Tivoli Guthrie dived over soon after, taking advantage of the extra man on the field to take the deficit back to six touchdowns.
Palau continued to impress soon after with a good Troy Malcolm ball giving Palau room to move on the wing, dashing down the sideline to bring the score to 10-3.
But the Australians weren’t finished, with the ball going through the hands, to give Prowse his fourth touchdown of the match.
The win is one of the most convincing wins for Australia over New Zealand in recent times, and handed them a 3-nil series win.
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