The 2012 ANZAC Test sees the New Zealand Kiwis hosting the Australian Kangaroos at Eden Park, Friday 6.15pm. The kiwis will go into this game as heavy underdogs with the latest bookmakers NRL Odds seeing them priced from $3.15 up to $3.35 in the head to head market while odds for an Australian victory are trading between $1.34 to $1.385. The Line Handicap market sees differing lines amongst bookies with Luxbet currently offering NZ +8 AUS -8, Sportsbet.com.au and Pinnacle Sports have Kiwis +8.5 Kangaroos -8.5 while Centrebet have moved the line out to New Zealand +9.5 Australia -9.5.
Australia has held a tight grip on the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy having won 11 ANZAC Tests to the Kiwis 1. This will be only the second game played in New Zealand with last years clash moved to Skilled Park due to the Auckland earthquake. The Kiwis lone victory came back in 1998 where they defeated Australia 22-16 at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland.
Taking a look at the current winning margin betting odds amongst the Leading Online Bookmakers we find that the best odds for New Zealand to win by 1-12 points is $4.75, New Zealand by 13+ points is $9.50 while if you fancy Australia to win by 1-12 points you can get odds of $3.15, Australia to win by 13+ $2.45 and the draw option is $31.00.
The Kiwis line up include three players from the Warriors and 3 from the Broncos with their squad including, Josh Hoffman, Jason Nightingale, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Shaun Johnson, Sam McKendry, Isaac Luke, Ben Matulino, Frank Pritchard, Adam Blair and Jeremy Smith. On the interchange bench they have Nathan Fien, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich and Gerard Beale 18th Man. The New Zealand Kiwis are coached by Stephen Kearney.
The Australian Kangaroos field a very strong looking team with the line up including Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Akuila Uate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Paul Gallen, Cameron Smith, David Shillington, David Taylor, Sam Thaiday and Luke Lewis. Interchange - Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Hannant, James Tamou, Anthony Watmough and 18th Man Matt Gillett. The Australian Kangaroos are coached by Tim Sheens.