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Australia v New Zealand - Australia's Darren Lockyer pictured

NOVEMBER


Favourites Australia stunned in final

New Zealand caused one of the big sporting upsets of the year by beating Australia 30-24 to win the Rugby League World Cup for the first time after a thrilling game, rich in drama and controversy.

Australia had held the trophy since 1975 and went through the tournament undefeated after beating New Zealand 30-6 in their opening game.

In the final, the Kangaroos led 16-12 at the break, thanks largely to two tries from skipper Darren Lockyer.

Lance Hohaia and Benji Marshall scores put the Kiwis 22-16 in front before Greg Inglis touched down in the corner.

But The Kiwis were awarded a penalty try after Joel Monaghan impeded Hohaia before Adam Blair sealed victory.

In the picture, Australia's Darren Lockyer stands dejected as New Zealand celebrate.



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