Kiwi haka
Trans Tasman NZRL Kiwis v Australia Test Match at Hunter Stadium, Newcastl,e Australia. Friday 6 May 2016. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.nz

The severely-depleted Kiwis put up a brave defensive effort in their 0-16 loss to the Kangaroos in Friday night's Anzac Test in Newcastle.

Stripped of a cast of high-quality players, the Kiwis were handed a searching defensive assignment by the vastly-experienced Australian side.

They were up for it, too, holding the Australians to a 12-0 lead until the closing seconds of the contest.

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