Australia v New Zealand 2014 Rugby League Test Match Preview

Tonight under the lights at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium the big Australia v New Zealand Rugby League 2014 Test Match will play out, a super experienced Kangaroos squad set to jump all over the Kiwis.

The Rugby League Internationals clash is always a big deal down under, but for the understrength New Zealand crew it looks like “Good Night Nurse” before the kick-off has even happened!

Tip: Australia to win by 14

Australia’s players boast over 260 (264) capped games between them while New Zealand, who have named six debutants, have only 133.

And they’re lead out by Cameron Smith paying in his 38th Test, passing Clive Churchill as the eighth most capped Kangaroo in history.

Smith is joined by Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston where it matters and the trio has been smashing it together at this level for the past two years.

There were some strange decisions made by the NZ selectors with many of their former star players over looked, most notably Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who was dumped despite being one of NRL’s best front rowers.

They’ve also been plagued by injury with the likes of hooker Issac Luke (shoulder), Kieran Foran (knee) and Frank Pritchard (pectoral) to watch from the sidelines.

But while there are a thousand stats and facts supporting a thrashing from the green and gold, including the fact that New Zealand haven’t beaten Australia since Four Nations final back in 2010, it is still a match worth tuning in for and betting on at

New Zealand might have seven on the trot at the hands of the Aussies, but the game still has lots to offer.

After all, the key players that have been named including Gerald Beale and Jason Nightingale are in career best form making for a great night’s entertainment.

And the young Kiwis stepping up in grade here could turn out to be the next Benji Marshall or SBW, those boys started somewhere so we have to at least give NZ a chance to prove themselves.

It could be a long night for them though with World Cup winning coach Tim Sheens sticking with a bunch of lads very similar to those who gave him that victory six months ago.

Australia, who will be playing polished footy up through the middle of the ruck to give their rivals a headache or two, are the deserving shorties in the Test Match betting markets paying $1.07 to win while New Zealand are right out to $10, the line set at 24.5.

But while the result looks a given there are plenty of other exotic Rugby League betting markets to enjoy on tonight’s match to make it a winner no matter your colours.

Below are just a few examples of the markets and odds on offer at the country’s leading racing and sports bookmaker – home of the $250 sign-up bet offer and Ladbrokes Card giving you your ‘Dosh in a Dash’!

Rugby League Internationals – AUS v NZ Odds

Australia $1.07 to win

New Zealand $10 to win


Australia -24.5 @ $1.92

New Zealand +24.5 @ $1.92

Footy Freaks

Greg Inglis to score at any time and Australia to win – $2

Paul Gallen to score at any time and Australia to win – $5


Australia 26 – 30 @ $5.50 is the shortest priced offering

First Scoring Play

Tipped to be a try from Australia @ $1.38

Pays $3.20 for NZ to post a four pointer first-up

Try Scorer

Favourites at $8.50 are Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis and Brett Morris from Australia