If there is any justice in rugby league the
Kangaroos will score a decisive win over the Kiwis in the Anzac Test at Lang Park tonight.

I am thoroughly fed up with whingeing,
whining coaches and officials, and this week the Kiwi team management have been
seen at their very worst. And they have been dripping in hypocrisy.

The nonsense emanating from the Kiwis about
the selection of Karmichael Hunt in the Kangaroos team has been totally over
the top, and, one suspects, an incentive for the Kangaroos to thump them
tonight – not that the Kangaroos should need any incentive, given their
humiliating loss to the Kiwis in last year’s tri-nations final.

The simple fact is that Karmichael Hunt has
every right to play for Australia. His Mum is from the Cook
Islands. He spent the first ten years of
his life in New Zealand and the last ten in Brisbane.
According to the NRL Official Season Guide, Hunt’s first
juniors team was Souths Acacia Ridge – and that is about as Australian as you
can get.

From the day he was selected for the
Broncos first grade team in March 2004, Karmichael Hunt has unambiguously
declared he wants to play for the Maroons – and that meant he could not play
for New Zealand.

Hunt has been absolutely unwavering on who
he wants to play for – even though he knew that entry into the Kiwis team would
be much easier than gaining a Kangaroos spot. When he was
chosen to replace the injured Anthony Minichiello, all hell broke loose – among
the Kiwis management and hangers on.

But by mid-week the attacks on Hunt’s “disloyalty” had sunk without trace. Why? Because the Daily Telegraph revealed
that FIVE of the Kiwis team were born in Australia. Frank Pritchard, Nathan
Cayless and Jason Cayless in Sydney, Brent Webb in Cairns, and wait for it, Jake Webster in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.

That’s why, in my view, the Kiwis this time
deserve to be trounced! And the sports betting agencies agree – Australia
$1.20 and NZ $4.10!

Peter Fray

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