Anzac Test: Australian Kangaroos New Zealand Kiwis live stream & TV NRL Rugby 2014 May 02th,Watch Out Kangaroos: It’s a brave man who’d suggest that losing a winger seven minutes into a World Cup Final changed the course of the game but there’s no doubt Kiwi winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will feel he has some unfinished Kangaroos business to attend to. Having been in doubt the entire week leading up to the final,
RTS was cleared to play but then suffered a fractured leg and left the field with the scores locked at 2-all. He missed the Roosters’ World Club Challenge win but coach Trent Robinson has been quick to utilise his extraordinary attacking skills to their greatest effect since. When the Roosters are in the opposition half Tuivasa-Sheck shifts to the fullback position in attack and this extra dimension to his game will be a godsend to Kearney on Friday night and into the future. In eight games so far in 2014 he has made four line breaks, scored three tries and provided two try assists and while he may start on the wing in just his third Test appearance, the Kangaroos should be ready to see those fast feet at any point on the field at any time of the game.
Watch Out Kiwis: Amidst the hysteria surrounding Daly Cherry-Evans’s claims to a Test No.7 jersey there have been some who have been quick to overlook one important factor: Incumbent halves Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston have been in terrific form. Their respective teams have not had the start to 2014 many expected but the Storm No.7 and Cowboys five-eighth have lost none of the attacking spark that tore the Kiwis apart six months ago.
Cronk sits alongside Brett Stewart for most try assists in the NRL with 11, Thurston hot on their heels with nine. Against Manly two weeks ago ‘JT’ laid on three tries in a masterful performance while Cronk boasts a try assist in each of the seven games he has played for the Storm this season. Cherry-Evans’s claims are genuine but the Kiwis need to shut these two champions down before they go worrying about the next generation.
Plays To Watch: With such limited preparation – and with so many new faces in the Kiwi team – game plans will be kept to their most basic. With arguably the greatest hooker forward to have ever played the game facing off in the Test arena against a 22-year-old on Test debut, the biggest mismatch is in the most important part of the field.
When he runs out on Friday night for his 38th Test Cameron Smith will pass Clive Churchill to become the eighth most-capped Kangaroo of all time and should pass Johnny Raper, Reg Gasnier (both 39) and Brad Fittler (40) by the end of the year.
Going head-to-head with a part-time No.9 in Ben Henry, Smith will orchestrate a Kangaroo stampede through the middle of the ruck and then let his halves apply the polish.
The Kiwis’ great strength lies in their outside backs but they will have to assert themselves up front before trying to get Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare and Peta Hiku into space on the edges.
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