top of page

Rugby League

Kiwis fasi the Kangaroos.

The 2023 Rugby League Pacific Championships ended with the Kiwis smashing the world number one Kangaroos team 30 points to nil, breaking the previous record by the 2005 tri-nations winning Kiwis team.

by Simon Amani  I     6th November 2023

Down (3).jpg

That was the last time the Kangaroos were given the donut. This time however just seemed like the upset of all upsets as the previous week the Kiwis went down 36-18. The 30-nil scoreline is the biggest ever defeat the Kangaroos have ever tasted since 1908. Over 115 years of Rugby League dominance, (only the mighty All Blacks have a better overall winning %), and over the weekend the Kiwis team led by James Fisher-Harris will go down in the history books for that awesome performance.

James Fisher-Harris who hails from Kohukohu in the Hokianga Far North and has proved to be one of if not the best Front rower in the world, definitely with Moses Leota forming one of the best Front Rower combinations of all time started it all off leading from the front. They absolutely dominated the Samoan duo of Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui with their line speed and also laying the platform on attack who along with Koro Kieran Foran playing out of position at hooker but gave excellent service, ensured Kiwis enjoyed plenty of possession and field position. The brilliance of Jahrome Hughes and Dylan Brown capitalised on the forwards work, who in turn were able to free up Jamayne Isaako and Ronaldo Mulitalo showing off their finishing skills. Mulitalo even managed to pull off a “Get that into ya”, “Smashed em bro” hit on Cookie Islander Valentine Holmes.  Charnze Nikoll-Klokstad capped off an awesome year with another colossal performance in winning the Man of the Match award. From where Ricky Stuart put him a couple of years ago to where he is now is such an awesome story of redemption and belief. It showed through in his emotional speech. Malo lava Charnze.


Kiwis seemed hungrier as well as more creative with the ball in hand and were just awesome all over the park.  Kangaroos on the other hand were quite lack-luster on attack making it quite easy for them to eat dem donuts.  Cameron Munster mentioned post-game how his team was a bit complacent.  A bit of an eat-arse excuse as this is international footy. Some may point at the unavailability of Nathan Cleary, Latrelle Mitchel, and Cameron Murray just to mention a few, but I say look at this Kangaroos lineup with Origin stars all over the place. DCE, Teddy, The Hammer, Munster, Haas, Yeo. Talent galore. No excuses, Kiwis were just better.

Kiwis showed what is true in Footy and in Life; Work ethic and Heart beats talent every day of the week.

bottom of page