New Zealand win game two of PDRL to even series

New Zealand 16 defeat Australia 10.
The 2018 Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship was once again producing the goods as game three of the day had the Australian Kangaroos taking on the New Zealand Kiwis in game two of the Physical Disability Rugby League test match series.

After a hard fought back and fourth opening 15 minutes, it was New Zealand who opened up the scoring through their winger #5. An overlap close to the line saw the speedy winger put on the classy step and jets as he flew through the line to score the first try of the game. He converted his own try.

It took just five minutes to get the response from Australia, and it was a beauty. As the attacking set came to an end, #5 put in the grubbed aiming for his right side attack. However a deflect off the defensive line saw the ball bounce back to the inside for #13 to dive on and grab Australia’s opening try. #3 converted.

New Zealand were able to grab the lead back just on the stroke of half time through #3. A beautiful set play had the centre cutting back through the middle of the wrap around which got him the space and the try. He converted his own try for a New Zealand 12-6 half time lead.

Australia were able to grab the first try of the second half as we hit just under 15 minutes to go in the game. It was a bit of individual brilliance by the Australian #7 who found himself some space and darted over for the try. The conversion was unsuccessful by #3.

An interesting piece of play led to New Zealand extending their lead through #12. #5 ran a beautiful line and was hit with a brilliant short ball to go flying through the line to score his double, however that wasn’t the case. Thinking he was at danger of being tagged, he threw the desperation pass backwards into the hands of an AB.

In this game, the AB’s who wear the orange and yellow high vis shirts aren’t allowed to score a try, so some quick thinking by the AB to pass off to #12 to score the try allowed New Zealand to extend their lead back out to six. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Despite a few late game charges, Australia were unable to grab a try in the dying minutes, and New Zealand held on to win the game 16-10 and level up the series at one a piece.

The third and final game to determine the series winner will be held on Saturday at 12:45pm at St Mary’s.


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