Following England’s tight win over Samoa, the Kiwis ended a winning streak that has lasted 16 matches including a 34-2 demolition in the World Cup final.
The Kangaroos opened their account through Beau Scott but the Kiwis were anything but rattled and struck back with a try to Kevin Proctor.
The scoreboard see-sawed when Greg Inglis crossed but they couldn’t be split at half-time after Lewis Brown’s ensuring they go to the break at 12-12.
But it was all the Kiwis in the second half with tries from Shaun Johnson and Dean Whare, with Jason Nightingale putting the cherry on top.
Taking nothing away from New Zealand, the Kangaroos were significantly depleted with injury ruling out superstars Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston in addition to Jarryd Hayne’s withdrawal as he chases an NFL career in the States.
The last time Australia lost a Test was in this very tournament’s final in 2010, also in Brisbane.
The top to sides on points after three matches will meet in the 2014 decider in New Zealand.
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