NEW Zealand took the spoils but what lessons can we take from the Kiwis’ comprehensive 26-12 triumph?
Here’s five things we learned from the Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
1. Tim Sheens has coached his last Australian game and that is a shame. One of the good guys of the code, Sheens will pay the price for three straight losses as the Kangaroos need to rebuild with a new mentor.
2. Why do selectors persist in playing non-specialist wingers in representative games? Josh Dugan was exposed by Manu Vatuvei who has played more than 200 NRL games on the wing.
3. Is there a better front-row shift pairing than Marty Taupau and Sam Moa? The Kiwi pack at times replicated South Sydney’s dominance when they rolled out Burgess brother after Burgess brother on their way to a premiership.
4. There is a reason Greg Inglis is second choice fullback for Australia and Queensland, he isn’t as reliable as Billy Slater. Maroons and Kangaroos officials always shake their head at the argument for Inglis to be fullback because they know Slater’s leadership, communication and safety are vital.
5. Sam Thaiday must be re-signed by Brisbane. The veteran backrower is in the best form of his last five years. He was Australia’s best player.