2011 ANZAC Test

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2011 (2011) Anzac Test  ()
1 2 Total
AUS Australian colours.svg 10 10 20
NZL New Zealand colours.svg 6 4 10
Date 6 May 2011
Stadium Skilled Park
Location Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Man of the Match Paul Gallen
Referee Richard Silverwood
Attendance 26,301
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Nine Network
Commentator Ray Warren
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2012

The 2011 ANZAC Test was a rugby league test match played between Australia and New Zealand on 6 May 2011 at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast. Australia won their tenth straight Anzac test with a score of 20–10.

Pre-game[edit]

The game was originally scheduled to be played in AMI Stadium in Christchurch but was moved because of the damages from the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. However, 250 earthquake victims and volunteer workers were flown in for the match. to be commemorated.[1]

New Zealand were given a chance by some pundits considering that they had beaten Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final and in the 2010 Four Nations. Winning the Anzac test was seen as the one achievement that alluded the New Zealand team. However, Australia went into the match as favorites, having won the last nine Anzac Tests and having never lost to New Zealand in an Anzac Test in Australia. The odds for an Australian win opened at $1.35 but dropped to $1.22 while New Zealand was paying $4.25.[2]

The New Zealand national anthem was performed by J.Williams.

Squads[edit]

Australia Position New Zealand
Billy Slater
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Fullback
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Lance Hohaia
Brett Morris
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Wing
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Matt Duffie
Greg Inglis
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Centre
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Simon Mannering
Justin Hodges
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Centre
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Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Jharal Yow Yeh
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Wing
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Jason Nightingale
Darren Lockyer (c)
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Five-Eighth
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Benji Marshall (c)
Johnathan Thurston
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Halfback
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Kieran Foran
Petero Civoniceva
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Prop
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Sam Rapira
Cameron Smith
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Hooker
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Nathan Fien
Matthew Scott
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Prop
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Sam McKendry
Ben Creagh
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2nd Row
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Adam Blair
Sam Thaiday
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2nd Row
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Bronson Harrison
Paul Gallen
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Lock
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Jeremy Smith
Cooper Cronk
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Interchange
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Issac Luke
Ben Hannant
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Interchange
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Ben Matulino
Jamal Idris
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Interchange
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Fuifui Moimoi
Kade Snowden1
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Interchange
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Lewis Brown
Tim Sheens Coach Stephen Kearney

1 David Shillington was originally selected to play but withdrew due to injury. He was replaced by Kade Snowden.

Match Summary[edit]

6 May 2011
8:00pm (BST)
Australia  20 – 10  New Zealand
Tries
Slater (2', 68') 2
Yow Yeh (20') 1
Idris (71') 1
Goals
Thurston 2/4 (3', 69')
Tries
1 (36') Duffie
1 (80') Hohaia
Goals
1/2 (37') Marshall
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Attendance: 26,301
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood
Man of the Match: Paul Gallen

New Zealand were criticized after the game for their unforgiving error rate, most notably for a period in the second half where five consecutive New Zealand errors allowed Australia to score two tries to secure their win.[3][4] New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney said after the game "It seems a bit same old, same old - but I know we're taking steps in the right direction. The effort of the guys to keep hanging in there was a real positive.' [5] New Zealand had at least proved that they could be competitive with Australia again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earthquake victims fly in for Anzac test". Stuff.co.nz. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Punters jump on Kangaroos". rleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ Barclay, Chris (7 May 2011). "Another sombre Anzac Test for New Zealand". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (6 May 2011). "Slater, handling errors sink Kiwis". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (7 May 2011). "A loss but Kiwis are progressing - Kearney". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 

Coordinates: 28°4′1″S 153°22′44″E / 28.06694°S 153.37889°E / -28.06694; 153.37889 (Skilled Park)