Competition - International Rugby League -Downer Test Match.

Round - May Representative Round.

Teams - Australian Kangaroos v New Zealand Kiwis.

Date - Friday 6th of May 2016.

Venue - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, NSW.

Photographer - Paul Barkley

The Kangaroos have ended their three-game losing run by keeping New Zealand scoreless in their 16-0 win at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

First half tries to Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis proved enough to secure a Kangaroos win against an otherwise rudderless New Zealand outfit.

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It was always going to be the case that a Kiwis win was going to come off the back of a brilliant Shaun Johnson performance. 

The halfback's efforts however were thwarted without a recognised five-eighth by his side – Johnson's three errors a burden for the Kiwis come game's end.  

Misguided plays and missed opportunities were the order of the day for New Zealand, though their defence – namely in the second half – was admirable as they constantly found themselves constantly peppered by an eager Kangaroos outfit in the final 40 minutes. 

Blake Ferguson's four-pointer in the dying seconds was the only try-scoring instance in the second half. 

At the opposite end of the game, Ferguson's wing partner Semi Radradra's first involvement as a Kangaroo ended in unfortaunate circumstances when the winger was sin-binned in the seventh minute for denying Kiwis' Kevin Proctor the game's first try.

Proctor looked likely to pounce on a Johnson grubber in-goal until Radradra pushed the back-rower off his likely try-scoring path. 

It would have no ill-effects on the Kangaroos who managed to post first points seven minutes later when Darius Boyd opted to go himself on a backline shift. 

Australia extended their lead to six midway through the first half when Johnathan Thurston kicked a penalty goal from 10 metres out in front.

In 32nd minute Australia centre Greg Inglis found himself enough space in the Kiwi defence to cross for his 28th try as a Kangaroo.

Inglis was denied his second of the match three minutes from half-time when a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak error in the lead-up was caused by a high shot from Thurston.

A late shot from Sam Moa on Thurston was the impetus behind the Kangaroos' next point-scoring play, a penalty goal from Cameron Smith in the 44th minute, which pushed the lead out to 12.  

Ferguson's try then sealed proceedings for a Kangaroos victory.

While his four Broncos teammates will be happy for the Kangaroos win, New Zealand's Adam Blair being placed on a report for a chicken wing tackle midway through the second half could cause plenty of angst among the quartet. 

Kangaroos 16 (Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Blake Ferguson tries; Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith goals) defeated Kiwis 0 at Hunter Stadium. Crowd: 27,724. Half-time: Kangaroos 10-0. On report: Adam Blair (Broncos) – chicken wing tackle. 

This article orginally appeared on NRL.com.

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