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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival

International Cup 2011

It was Game Day 3 of the 4th International Cup and Great Britain headed to Bruce Purser Reserve, Rouse Hill in northwestern Sydney to take on the might of number two seed New Zealand.  The Kiwis were red hot favourites but after a great win over Canada the Bulldogs had ever right to attack this game with confidence.

It was a wet and cold day but the Kiwis came onto the field looking confident, and as the British Bulldogs lined up, the Hawks set up for the Haka. Though the Bulldogs stared back with unmoved faces, it appeared that the Haka may have had some effect on one side, as it all went New Zealand’s way. The Kiwis has superb aerial marking skills and the Bulldogs’ kicking game was playing straight into their hands. With the Bulldogs maybe still sore from their cracking win over Canada two days before, they were a little slow going into tackles and challenges, and the Hawks started to swoop all over them, kicking four goals and seven behinds before the siren sounded.
 

Despite the already impressive goal difference, the Bulldogs came out after the break snarling, and their defence knitting together, they pushed the Kiwis back and held them goal-less until halfway through the second quarter. After the Hawks finally broke through though, the Bulldogs started showing signs of tiredness, but somehow managed to hold the Hawks to two behinds. Whilst they may be no greyhounds, the Bulldogs’ fighting spirit was unbroken, and in a late surge, they finally broke through the Hawks midfield, but it just wasn’t to be and their only real attempt in the first half went behind.

After the half time break the weather and field conditions had deteriorated to the point that the Hawks decided to switch their style from long kicking to running the ball up. Seemingly unaware of this, and unnerved by an attempt to tap and run with the ball after a behind going badly wrong, the Bulldogs clung onto their unsuccessful long kicking style, but unfortunately no so the ball, and the New Zealanders’ marking abilities, regardless of the banana skin Sherrin, were extremely impressive. So was their ability to quickly switch the ball, even using short kicks, and evade the Bulldogs defence, leading to five more goals for them in the third quarter.

With the Bulldogs unable to adapt to the wet conditions, they faced a continued onslaught by the Kiwi boys. Despite virtually every kick outsfrom the goal square being marked by the opposition, the British boys clung onto Bulldogs’ footy, seemingly unable to counter. With the seconds counting down to a big defeat at the hands of the mighty Hawks, the British once again rallied, bursting through the gaps in the Kiwi midfield and earning a shot on goal. The Bulldogs finally bared their teeth, but it was just a front, the ball once again slipping behind for a two point total.
 
A disappointing day for the Brits after so much promise against Canada, whilst for New Zealand their well drilled troops look primed for semi-final action.

New Zealand 15.10 (100) defeated British Bulldogs 0.2 (2)
 

New Zealand
Goal Kickers: L. Swart 3, B. Clark 2, C. Mundell 2, S. Tu'itupou 2, D. Rattenbury 2, A. Rice , S. Carden , D. Corey-Touissaint , M. Van Wuik
Best Players: A. Marsden, A. Sucu, S. Howard, A. Harris, J. Court, S. Tu''itupou

Great Britain
Best Players: A. Trigg, S. Walton, B. McGeever, P. Harris, W. Worthington, B. O'Brien

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Mister Football on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 12:23 PM ACST

Some of these NZ blokes look like they have pretty good physiques for the game - does anyone know anything abou them?  Are they all born and bred NZers playing the game in NZ, or are there more than a few who are playing the game in Australia?  Compared to photos of most of the other teams I've seen, these blokes look like the real deal.

To give Great Britain a 98 point hiding is quite significant.  Would that have happened 3 or 6 years ago?

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 12:39 PM ACST

I know of at least one player from NZ is currently based in Australia, playing with one of the sides in the Sapphire Coast AFL of southern NSW.  Not sure about any others at present.

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 12:51 PM ACST

I think GB management feels that have a more athletic up and coming side than last time, but it is pretty fresh so inexperience may have shown in that last game against NZ who are the best drilled team in international footy.

But in terms of the NZ side being born and bred Kiwis, I can't say for all, but the overwhelming majority are.  A lot of guys play Rugby and try Aussie Rules in the off season, and of course some love it and stick with it.  So you have a lot of big athletic blokes playing the game.  And with the new HANZ UP program there are starting to be a few kids coming through as well - NZ has always had some flow through from juniors.

Really, NZ has been smashing many teams from way back.  I remember in 2005 they looked awesome at times.

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Mister Football on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 01:59 PM ACST

I just had a quick look at the 2005 results where NZ won it, they beat GB 8.8 to 3.4 in the early rounds, which is a fair bit closer to what we got yesterday.

In the semis, NZ beat the US by only 3 goals, who defeated Ireland into 3rd spot.

If either of Ireland or NZ come up against the US this time around, that will be interesting to see.

But initially, it looks like NZ, PNG and Ireland have moved further ahead of the pack, not sure about Sth Africa, and Nauru are around where they've always been.

 

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 03:16 PM ACST

South Africa vs USA on Sunday could be interesting.  Not sure who to tip.  Probably still go with South Africa at this point, but it's worth noting that the USA crunched Japan by more than the Saffers did.

Whoever wins it will go in against one of NZ, PNG and Ireland for a spot int he final...  So we may yet see how the USA go against them.

 

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 03:24 PM ACST

I'm not persuaded that SA are good enough to make the top 2 yet, but I reckon they'll do the job against the US.  But you'd have to think on a big stage like ANZ Stadium and given their good form, the US should give a good account of themselves, so you never know.

What worries me about the US though is that they struggled to dispose of Canada, and they crashed to GB, who collapsed against NZ.  So if SA is anywhere near NZ that suggests way too good for the US.  And note that in some of SA's games I've noted some of their top players not taking the field - they may have been resting them.

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: RevoOldBoy on Friday, August 19 2011 @ 01:26 AM ACST

You comparison makes some sense, but I would point to a couple of factors for the US.

1. It was the US teams first match together (yes and Canada's too), and having limited practices together they are/were in a sense still feeling it out. They are improving day by day down there.

2. US VS Canada is a Derby and is always played close for the most part. Two big teams that always match up physically.

3. Having lost to the US could have been a HUGE FACTOR psychologically to Canada, in that despite all best efforts the team just couldn't recover and motivate for the GB game. "I'm not saying, i'm just saying..."

Just to show some impartiallity to SA... they played Japan on a much slicker wetter oval and so you would expect the point to be down.

The US has obviously focused on a speedier team than before while not trrying to sacrifice too much strength and size. The upcoming SA match will be the true test of this strategy. In 2008 SA's speed was a telling factor.

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: Mister Football on Friday, August 19 2011 @ 01:58 PM ACST

I look forward to hearing how the Revos go against SA.

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Game Day 3 - New Zealand crush British revival
Authored by: tinka13 on Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 09:10 PM ACST

Size will win games for NZ against average sides, but if they lack real pace, they could struggle against Ireland and especially PNG. The marking game will need to be very good against these sides, because once it hits the ground, the irish and PNG guys are very hard to beat.

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