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Australia vs New Zealand Tips & Preview - Kangaroos to win Pacific Championship final

Last updated: 03 Nov 2023
Jeremy Darke 03 Nov 2023
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  • Australia Kangaroos vs New Zealand Kiwis predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • Australia won against the Kiwis 36-18 last weekend.
  • Who will win the Pacific Championship?
James Tedesco, Australia
Could this be the last time we see James Tedesco lead out Australia? (Getty Images)
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Australia Kangaroos vs New Zealand Kiwis Preview

Australia and New Zealand will clash again for the second week in a row to determine who is the winner of the Pacific Championship.

Who played cat and mouse games last week is a tricky one to determine, but you have to play what you see in front of you in this return match between the Aussies and the Kiwis. I expected more from New Zealand last game, but they failed to deliver, suffering from a lack of creative structure, unable to really harm the Kangaroos’ defensive line.

The Australian team will be considerably stronger with the return of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Payne Haas and also with the forward depth of Liam Martin coming off the bench as a strike player. I am therefore going to go all in on an Australian whitewash and take them over the 12.5-point line and also over their team total of 26.5 points.

Captain James Tedesco loves these big games, so I am going to jot him down as my anytime tryscorer and first tryscorer in this match, especially considering this may be his last cap for Australia.

  • Australia won by 18 points against New Zealand last weekend.
  • Australia scored 36 points in their last game against New Zealand.
  • Australia has won both Pacific Championship games by more than 12.5 points.

Head to Head 

Australia won last week 36-18 against New Zealand, without three of their top-17 forwards.

Australia Form

Australia looked much more polished when they took care of the Kiwis just last week. 

A double from Lindsey Collins before half-time put the game out of reach of New Zealand, going in at halftime 18-12 up.

Australia doubled their score in the second half through tries from Dylan Edwards, Ben Hunt and a record breaking Cam Murray, who has scored in his last six for Australia.

Australia Team News

Mal Meninga brought back in the games two best front rowers Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Payne Haas, replacing Tom Flegler and Jake Trbojevic. 

Nicho Hynes has also dropped out to 18th-man with Liam Martin returning to the bench.

Australia Team List

1. James Tedesco
2. Dylan Edwards
3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
4. Kotoni Staggs
5. Valentine Holmes
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Payne Haas
9. Ben Hunt
10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
11. Cameron Murray
12. Liam Martin
13. Isaah Yeo
14. Harry Grant
15. Lindsay Collins
16. Pat Carrigan
17. Rueben Cotter


14. Harry Grant
15. Lindsay Collins
16. Pat Carrigan
17. Rueben Cotter


18. Nicho Hynes
19. Tom Flegler
20. Selwyn Cobbo
21. Jake Trbojevic

New Zealand Form

The Kiwis didn’t have an answer for the Australians defence last week and were unable to break through and score when they had their attacking chances.

Most of the stats in this game were pretty even by the standouts were a 6-2 linebreak count to Australia. Also, New Zealand had 28 tackles inside the Kangaroos 20 metres and only broke through three times.

New Zealand Team News

Michael Maguire has opted to field the same team that took a hiding against Australia last week.

New Zealand Team List

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Ronaldo Mulitalo
3. Matthew Timoko
4. Joseph Manu
5. Jamayne Isaako
6. Dylan Brown
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. James Fisher-Harris
9. Kieran Foran
10. Moses Leota
11. Isaiah Papali’i
12. Briton Nikora
13. Joseph Tapine


14. Fa'amanu Brown
15. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
16. Griffin Neame
17. Leo Thompson


18. Naufahu Whyte
19. Wiremu Greig
20. Keano Kini


Australia will run away with this game for the second week in a row, covering the line and their team total in the process.

James Tedesco may be playing his last game for Australia and will cap off his international career with a try.

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