2017 ANZAC Test Results: Australia defeated New Zealand 30 – 12
The annual ANZAC Test is a representative Rugby League football matched played between the Australian Kangaroos and New Zealand Kiwis just after ANZAC Day (April 25) in early May.
Inaugurated in 1997 the two teams in the NRL test match play 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 are the dominant ANZAC Test winners throughout history boasting 16 titles from 18 tests played and as such usually dominate ANZAC Test betting. The ANZAC Test has 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.
Only twice have New Zealand hosted the Test when they won 22 – 16 in 1998 before going down 20 – 12 in 2012.
- Date: Friday May 5, 2017
- Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
- Time: 8:05pm
- ANZAC Test Results: Australia 30 def. New Zealand 12
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 annual clash. The ANZAC Test date will 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.
2017 ANZAC Test Teams
AUSTRALIA: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Will Chambers 4. Josh Dugan 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Cameron Smith 10. David Klemmer 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Matt Gillett 13. Trent Merrin 14. Michael Morgan 15. Tyson Frizell 16. Jake Trbojevic 17. Sam Thaiday 18. Jordan McLean 19. James Maloney 20. Justin O’Neill
NEW ZEALAND (squad): Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich (c), Kenny Bromwich, Kieran Foran, David Fusitu’a, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Kodi Nikorima, Russell Packer, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Elijah Taylor, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare.
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 offers head-to-head markets on the annual representative clash with Australia traditionally favourites to win the title.
All of the standard NRL odds are 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 – onwards the ANZAC Test Champion Team receive the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy