Embarrassing crowd watches worst day in Kangaroos history

Embarrassing crowd watches worst day in Kangaroos history

Australia has long been the green and gold standard of international rugby league, but they produced their worst ever performance as the Kiwis claimed the Pacific Championships with a stunning 3src-src upset in Hamilton to hand the World Cup winners their biggest loss in Test history.

A week after the Kangaroos breezed past their biggest rivals, New Zealand exacted revenge when it mattered most with an utterly dominant display against an Australian side that had all the weapons but fired blanks on Saturday afternoon.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has long spoken about growing the international game, and this result will do just that with New Zealand, Tonga, England and Samoa smelling blood in the water three years out from the next World Cup.

“Everyone loves to see us lose, so we did that and made everyone happy,” Meninga said.

“We’re competitive as well and we’re no less passionate about putting our colours on.

“It’ll shock the rugby league world in the manner we lost and the scoreline, but we’ll come back with redemption next year.”

The world champions were outplayed in all departments, missing a whopping 34 tackles in the first half while only breaking the line once as their stars went missing in their final game of the year to evoke memories of the 24-src shutout in 2srcsrc5.

Losing Cam Murray to injury before the game was a setback but he isn’t worth 3src points, with no Australian forward running for 1srcsrc metres as their winless streak against the Kiwis in New Zealand stretched to 11 years.

“You don’t see those sorts of games coming, but

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