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Historic day for NZ Touch, upset Aussies

Published: 12:55PM Sunday February 10, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • New Zealand celebrate their victory in the Super Trans Tasman Test Touch Series. (Source: ONE Sport)
    New Zealand celebrate their victory in the Super Trans Tasman Test Touch Series. - Source: ONE Sport

New Zealand achieved a stunning victory in the Super Trans Tasman Test Series with the Open Men's defeating Australia 5-4 to clinch the Men's series at Trusts Arena in Auckland on Saturday.

Combined with the Series win earlier in the day of the Mixed team - and the overall Masters Grade - it meant that the home nation would take an unassailable lead into Day 3.

After more than 30 years of elite competition this will go down as the greatest day in the sports' history.

New Zealand's Men's captain Mita Graham was instrumental in his team's victory, scoring twice and leading from the front.

Henry Dunn was dangerous in the middle for New Zealand but it was the staunch defensive effort of the team that provided the difference.

The Mixed Touch Blacks Touch played their part in the series win, defeating Australia today 11-4.

Auckland's Phoenix Hunapo came out strongly in the second half and with some dynamic play blew Australia off the park as the Kiwis amassed four uncontested touchdowns.

The win was a satisfaction for the team who bounced back from last years 2-1 series defeat in New South Sales to run out comfortable winners.

The beginning of the day saw the Masters teams winning their portion of the Series 3-2 after the Over 30 Men's defeated Australia 10-6 in a thrilling decider.

"It's been a fantastic day for all of our contingent and Touch New Zealand, this is our first major trophy for many years and is an indication that the sport is in very good heart across New Zealand," said Touch NZ CEO Joe Sprangers .

Results:

Mixed Open

New Zealand 12 defeated Australia 6

Women's Open

Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 4

Men's Open

New Zealand 5 defeated Australia 4

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