2017 ANZAC Test Results: Australia defeated New Zealand 30 – 12
The annual ANZAC Test was a representative Rugby League football matched played between the Australian Kangaroos and New Zealand Kiwis just after ANZAC Day (April 25) in early May.
The ANZAC Test took place from 1997 until 2017, after which the Rugby League tournament ceased.
Inaugurated in 1997 the two teams in the NRL test match played for the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy, named in honour of Trans-Tasman football legend William Kelly who played and coached for both New Zealand and Australia during the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.
The ANZAC Test, also known as the Trans-Tasman Test, was first introduced by the Super League in 1997 and the first match saw Australia defeat New Zealand 34 – 22 in Sydney in front of 23,829 spectators.
Australia were the dominant ANZAC Test winners throughout history boasting 16 titles from 18 tests played and as such usually dominated ANZAC Test betting. The ANZAC Test played out over various venues in Australia including five at Lang Park, now Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane and most recently GIO Stadium in Canberra for the 2017 ANZAC Test, which was the final edition of the match.
New Zealand only hosted the Test twice when they won 22 – 16 in 1998 before going down 20 – 12 in 2012.
The ACT hosted the 2017 ANZAC Test at GIO Stadium on Friday May 5 during the Rep Round of the NRL with the Mal Meninga-coached Kangaroos scoring a dominant 30 – 12 win over the New Zealand Kiwis in the final clash. The ANZAC Test date featured a double-header with the women’s test match played between the Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns, Australia also successful with a 16 – 4 victory. It was the first time the ANZAC NRL Test match was played in Canberra since 26,000 footy fans turned out for the 2013 edition won by the Kangaroos 32 – 12.
2017 was the final ANZAC Test with all future games involving the Kangaroos played post the NRL season from 2018 onwards.
ANZAC Test Records
- Most ANZAC Test Wins: Australia (16 from 18 test played)
- Biggest ANZAC Test Winning Margin: 52 points – Australia kept NZ scoreless at Sydney’s Stadium Australia in 2000
- Highest ANZAC Test Attendance: 44,191 fans turned up to watch Australia score an easy 50 – 12 victory over the Kiwis in Brisbane on May 5, 2006
Anzac Test Betting
ANZAC Test betting offered head-to-head markets on the annual representative clash with Australia traditionally favourites to win the title.
All of the standard NRL odds were open on the game like First Try Scorer and Winning Margin as well as Man of the Match betting markets.
ANZAC Test Results
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ANZAC Test Winners
- From 1997 – 1999 the ANZAC Test Winners were awarded the Anzac Trophy
- From 2004 – 2017 the ANZAC Test Champion Team receive the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy