Posted: 19 November, 2016 by AAP + TripleMNRL

The Damning Stat That Undermines The Roos' Four Nations Campaign

Tags: Australia Kangaroos, New Zealand Kiwis

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Australia will be out to end a decade-long wait for a Four Nations final victory over New Zealand when the sides meet at Anfield in the early hours of Monday (AEDT).

Despite having appeared in all eight of the Tri/Four Nations Finals since 1999, Australia have lost three to New Zealand with their last success over the Kiwis coming in 2006 in Brisbane.

David Kidwell's side were unconvincing in their opening three matches and held to a shock draw by Scotland last week in Workington before Australia beat England to confirm their spot in the decider.

However, the Kangaroos are well aware of the the Kiwis' prowess in tournament finals having been beaten in the 2005, 2010 and 2014 Four Nations finals in addition to the 2008 World Cup.

"We don't need to be reminded about what New Zealand are capable of," Kangaroos halfback Cooper Cronk told AAP.

"They have one of the best props in the world in Jesse Bromwich, the reigning Dally M Medal winner in Jason Taumalolo and Shaun Johnson who is one of the best halfbacks in the world.

"What has happened in the past means nothing, but teams know each other inside out and the match will be won by the best team on the day. Hopefully that will be us."

After losing three straight matches against the Kiwis, Australia under Mal Meninga, has now won the last three by a combined margin of 56-14.

Kangaroos team: Darius Boyd, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Aaron Woods, Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett, Trent Merrin. Interchange: David Klemmer, Shannon Boyd, Michael Morgan, Tyson Frizzell, Justin O'Neill, Jake Trbojevic (two to be omitted).

Tags: Australia Kangaroos, New Zealand Kiwis

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