Kiwis shock the Kangaroos in Four Nations opener

SHAUN Johnson led New Zealand to an emphatic 30-12 victory over Australia in their Four Nations opener last night at Suncorp Stadium.

The halfback was outstanding in directing his troops around the park and took the game into his own hands when his side needed him most.

With the scores locked at 12-12 in the 48th minute, he grubbered from Australia's 10m line before regathering and scoring under the posts, then converted to give his side a six-point buffer.

The Kiwis were in four minutes later after Dean Whare caught a Kieran Foran cross-field bomb. Johnson converted again and it was 24-12.

Australia had no answers, resorting to some grubby play through frustration.

The Kiwis sealed it in the 70th minute when Jason Knightingale scored in the corner following a knock-on.

Foran was full of praise for his men after his first win over Australia.

"It is unbelievable and I have dreamt of this moment from when I was a kid," he said.

"The crowd put up the Kiwi chant late in the match and that really got us home.

"We knew they were blooding five rookies and wanted to try a few things and keep the pressure on and I thought we did that.

"Shaun Johnson was hitting them perfect tonight and I thought he played sensationally."

Australian captain Cameron Smith was philosophical about the loss and refused to use injuries during the game to five-eighth Daly Cherry-Evans and star fullback Greg Inglis as an excuse.

"We had a good enough side to win but they were better than us," he said.



Funding boost for timber industry proves divisive

premium_icon Funding boost for timber industry proves divisive

Funds for timber industry as conservationists call on end to logging

What Oxley can expect from the State Budget

What Oxley can expect from the State Budget

Oxley electorate wins more than $10 million in new project funding

A 'step backwards' for marine conservation?

premium_icon A 'step backwards' for marine conservation?

"It's a shame this has happened,” scientist says.

Local Partners