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Brother Faisal

Brother Faisal

I have been a fan of the Kiwis since 1998 when my Dad took me and my brother to watch the Kiwis versus the Kangaroos at North Harbour Stadium.

The passion in the air that evening, the foul language, you know the difference between a league crowd and a union crowd and none more so than that night.

I was in the corner when we sealed the match. Ive never seen a crowd go that beserk. One of the best nights ive had watching Rugby League live.

Most of my other Kiwi moments have been watching on tv, when we won in 2005, what a feat, if Bluey goes down in the books for none other than keeping an Australian team scoreless hes a legend in my books.

Theres honestly nothing better than watching a kangaroo team slowly break down. the world cup was an example of that, if you keep fighting they will eventually fall, when we got that penalty try i knew we'd cracked them, although cracking them is the hardest thing in the world its beautiful when you see it slowly unfold, thats why we are deserved WORLD CUP HOLDERS, we showed how to beat the worlds best.

2010 was nothing less than a miracle and obvious karma for all the bad calls we've been dished over the years but like boxing if you dont knock your opponent out you leave it in the hand of the judges and it can go either way, similarly Marshalls heroics did that and fortunately we got the decision.

Im hoping tonight i can enjoy another moment as a Kiwis fan to see the Kangaroos crumble, it takes 60 mins sometimes 70 mins but it will happen if they have the determination and the patience.

anyway feel free to share your Kiwi memories as im trying to get abit of build up for this TEST match and take my mind off yesterdays news lol
 
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Warrioz

Warrioz

Living in Australia any time we beat the Roos is a massive moment for me.
Only being 19 and having seen the Kiwis live a handful of times my favourite matches would have to be
  • 2008 Centenary Test - My old man, Brother, cousins and I bought tickets the day they came out to General Admission sale. I'd been so psyched for the game for months and we finally arrived in Sydney it dawned on me that I didn't care about the result for some reason. I was more swept up in the occasion and that Footy was back being played at the Old Lady (the SCG) and that i'd be there. As you all know the game was seriously one sided, but with our seats just around from the Ladies stand I couldn't really complain.
  • 2008 RLWC Final - From the Haka to the boys singing Slice of Heaven with the trophy the night was pure magic, nobody gave us a prayer. The greatest achievement was seeing players such as Lockyer dropping their heads and conceding defeat and having players like Slater rattled and making schoolboy errors. Pure magic and the playing group and coaching staff that achieved it will more than likely be my favourite till the day I die. It was made that wee bit sweeter that the side contained Fitzgibbon and Minichello so used it as a bit of an up yours for 02.
  • 2010 4 Nations Final - Practically the same as above, but the players fighting sprit and ability to keep plugging away and never drop their heads was heartwarming.
 
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¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

I only have one experience of the Kiwis live. I was at the Tri Nations Kiwis V Great Britain 'Grannygate' game in Christchurch. I enjoyed the game immensely, even if we were stripped of the points. It contained the moment where I became a fan of David Kidwell (and which gave me a clue that he would have been a coach I ould have liked for the Warriors). I can't remember exactly who it was who dropped the ball (but I think it was Hohaia). All of the Kiwis players came running in to give him the mandatory pat on the head and the comforting "you'll get it back, mate". Kidwell came across the field and gave Lance a clip around the back of the head. OK, I know it wasn't his place to do it, but it just tshowed the amount of passion in the guy, and the fact that he does not stand for failure. The Kiwis weren't under any real threat of losing the game from the knock-on, but he still showed that he expected more from the Hobbit than that.

Obviously, my favourite Kiwis moment of all time was the World Cup win. The moment that sticks in my head the most is the absolutely disgusting and childish speech that Lockyer gave after the game, and the fact that the "judges" managed to give the Player of the day to an Australian showed how deep-seated this childish mindset is in Australian sports. They showed how bad they are at losing (which makes them such a tough adversary). Watching that game, I started to believe my heart may actually explode from the apprehension in watching the last few minutes. The 4 Nations final was another event that made me fear for my well-being. I have never been a thrill-seeker, but the adrenalin rush watching these games was incredible.
 
Timothy

Timothy

I have two favourite moments watching the Kiwis and I think the All golds.

RLWC Final - Some friends(3) and I flew across for the semi final and final( a purposely planned trip a year in advance when SBW was a Kiwi) we got too pissed and missed the train from the gold coast to Brissy for the semi, but the final was totally unbelievable, we're in Brissy early looking for facepaint, checked out about 20 shops and the best we could get was crayons(hard to f'in wash off). The most amazing game unravels where the Benji nearly creates a try after 3mins, it then turns pear shaped and aussie score a couple of tries, to all the aussies everything is going to plan, but then RESOLVE sets in for the kiwis, and from then on for the next 55mins we are absolutely dominant, the biggest game by the kiwis on the biggest stage hands down the best game(way bigger than the rugby world cup) by a long way to receive a beating in Sydney by 30 points and then to come out and demolish Thurston, Lockeyer and co with what I thought going into the game was a depleted Kiwis team(No Jeremy Smith, Steve Matai, SBW, Sio Soliola and I think a couple of others) was just unbelievable.

West Coast All golds game - I think we all hear grass roots raderadera whatever crap from all codes, well I have to give it to the NZRL for taking a game to the Coast(West South Is), It was brilliant to see a game played in such a surreal setting with a gras roots feel most of us can relate too. We need more of these types of projects NZRL.
 
Timothy

Timothy

I only have one experience of the Kiwis live. I was at the Tri Nations Kiwis V Great Britain 'Grannygate' game in Christchurch. I enjoyed the game immensely, even if we were stripped of the points. It contained the moment where I became a fan of David Kidwell (and which gave me a clue that he would have been a coach I ould have liked for the Warriors). I can't remember exactly who it was who dropped the ball (but I think it was Hohaia). All of the Kiwis players came running in to give him the mandatory pat on the head and the comforting "you'll get it back, mate". Kidwell came across the field and gave Lance a clip around the back of the head. OK, I know it wasn't his place to do it, but it just tshowed the amount of passion in the guy, and the fact that he does not stand for failure. The Kiwis weren't under any real threat of losing the game from the knock-on, but he still showed that he expected more from the Hobbit than that.

Obviously, my favourite Kiwis moment of all time was the World Cup win. The moment that sticks in my head the most is the absolutely disgusting and childish speech that Lockyer gave after the game, and the fact that the "judges" managed to give the Player of the day to an Australian showed how deep-seated this childish mindset is in Australian sports. They showed how bad they are at losing (which makes them such a tough adversary). Watching that game, I started to believe my heart may actually explode from the apprehension in watching the last few minutes. The 4 Nations final was another event that made me fear for my well-being. I have never been a thrill-seeker, but the adrenalin rush watching these games was incredible.
It probably was Hohia but hey we got use to him not being able to catch anyway. Umm I wouldn't blame Lockyer for being given that award I thought he looked rather embarrassed but seriously what could he do, it definaltely wasn't his fault.
 
¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

It probably was Hohia but hey we got use to him not being able to catch anyway. Umm I wouldn't blame Lockyer for being given that award I thought he looked rather embarrassed but seriously what could he do, it definaltely wasn't his fault.
No, I'm not blaming Lockyer for the award. I am blaming him for the totally dispicable way he managed to make his speech without even mentioning the Kiwis or the fact they were better on the day. The speech was that of a sulking little boy, not a professional sportsman.
 
Timothy

Timothy

Just curious we will all probably choose the world cup final, who was your man of the match for that game and why?

I choose David Faalongo- I thought he just smashed everthing that moved(especially Thurston).
 
¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

The most amazing game unravels where the Benji nearly creates a try after 3mins, it then turns pear shaped and aussie score a couple of tries, to all the aussies everything is going to plan, but then RESOLVE sets in for the kiwis, and from then on for the next 55mins we are absolutely dominant, the biggest game by the kiwis on the biggest stage hands down the best game(way bigger than the rugby world cup) by a long way to receive a beating in Sydney by 30 points and then to come out and demolish Thurston, Lockeyer and co with what I thought going into the game was a depleted Kiwis team(No Jeremy Smith, Steve Matai, SBW, Sio Soliola and I think a couple of others) was just unbelievable.

I think your comment on the depleted line-up is the reason I feel a small ray of hope about tonight's match. We have had some of our best moments with some of our "worst " teams. We are missing so many first choice players (with others apparently overlooked) that it would be a miracle if we competed. That is why a win is within the realms of possibility, but I'm not expecting one.
 
¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

Just curious we will all probably choose the world cup final, who was your man of the match for that game and why?

I choose David Faalongo- I thought he just smashed everthing that moved(especially Thurston).

Billy Slater?

I'm not sure. I would have to go back and review my DVD. Its been a while since I sat down to enjoy it.
 
shuffle

shuffle

3. Kidwell putting Mason on his ass! Vatuvei trying to knock out Matt King. Winning the 2005 tri series in England 24-nil.

2. 2012 4N final.

1. 2008 World Cup. I never gave NZ a chance! I didnt get my voice back for a week!
 
Brother Faisal

Brother Faisal

i was directed to the 1995 world cup semi. it was quite epic even though we lost, and to think steve menzies played in that game and is still playing. wow!
 
Sup42

Sup42

Greg Dowling Australias hard man getting a bloody good hidding from Kevin Tamati.

After that Aussies believed Kiwi's are ' very bad men '
 
Miket12

Miket12

Not a Kiwi's match but still one of the best league games I've ever seen:

Auckland vs Australia
1989 Carlaw Park

For Auckland
Ropati Bothers, Francis Leota, Tarewa Nikau, Kelly Shelford, Sam Panapa, George Mann

For Aussie
Dale Shearer, Micheal OConnor, (the late) Peter Jackson, Des Hasler, Brandy Alexander, Slamming Sam Backo, Martin Bella, Paul 'Fatty' Vautin, Bradley Clyde

Ingredients were:
Night game
A packed Carlaw Park
Electric atmosphere
Big Hits
Aussie expected to win easliy
We were the under dogs
All in scrap
78 min Greg Alexander Controversial penalty

Result: Auckland 26 - Australia 24
 
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Sup42

Sup42

Not a Kiwi's match but still one of the best league games I've ever seen:

Auckland vs Australia
1989 Carlaw Park

For Auckland
Ropati Bothers, Francis Leota, Tarewa Nikau, Kelly Shelford, Sam Panapa, George Mann

For Aussie
Dale Shearer, Micheal OConnor, (the late) Peter Jackson, Des Hasler, Brandy Alexander, Slamming Sam Backo, Martin Bella, Paul 'Fatty' Vautin, Bradley Clyde

Ingredients were:
Night game
A packed Carlaw Park
Electric atmosphere
Big Hits
Aussie expected to win easliy
We were the under dogs
All in scrap
78 min Greg Alexander Controversial penalty

Result: Auckland 26 - Australia 24
Wish I had gone to that one , never forget that night , me and a few mates were trainning for the Auckland Tough man (at the power station that year ) we had the radio on.

Within minutes of kick off the skipping ropes were dropped and punch bags stopped rattling , we all gathered around the old wireless and hung in for every call till the last......

Best underdog versus Goliath Match in history......for the record only one of us made the Final of the tough man......go figure....with trainning breaks like that lol

I'm pretty sure Tony Tuimavave came secound in the heavy weights ( he wasn't famous then ) Some of the Tuimamvave were in that game too ? Paddy maybe , Neville Ramsay etc
 
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Defence

Defence

I've got two-
The first game of the 91 series when Blackmore put McCracken away- they were both rookies but carved up meninga and shearer all night. Freeman and nikau scored after that but it's the mccracke try that sticks in my mind.
The other one is the 2010 tri nations final- we had these drunk Aussie yobbos right behind us giving it to us all game- everytime they scored they would start telling us how an avalanche was comin and we were gonna get flogged now and once Marshall missed that easy kick that would've made it equal with a few minutes to go they really started getting stuck into us. Now I'm not normally one to gloat in victory but when fien scored to steal the game I jumped up, spun around, shoved a finger in two of their faces and yelled WOOOOHOOOO where's your farkin avalanche now c#%nts? There was no reply.
Love the kiwis
 
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BA-AD Luck

BA-AD Luck

I missed the World Cup as I was overseas and had to dream we had won it, then wake up and still believe that we had won it, then walked to an internet cafe to read that we had won it, then had to watch highlights on you tube to see how we won it. Internet cafe loved me after that because everyday I'd go back to watch those highlights and when the full coverage became available ...

But to watch a game "live" on tv was the 2010 Four Nations I never yelled so uncontrollably in all my life and ran up and down the drive way forgetting its midnight!

Live at the game? 2005 Mason Massacre!
 
Pozza

Pozza

This is going back a long way. Kiwis vs Aussies 1971 Carlaw Park. NZ 24 Aussies 3. I remember guys like Tony Krilitiech Mocky Brereton and Henry Tatana smashing the Aussies. I was sitting in the old wooden grandstand and it seemed like the we always had an over lap. I think two trys were scored on the concrete terrace side towards Carlaw No 2 end.That was the start of a great run. Went to the UK & France and won both series
 
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INTERCEPTOR

INTERCEPTOR

I would say the kiwi's have had many great moments over the years. The ones I have enjoyed would be 2008 world cup, 2005 tri-nations, 1991 1st test vs aussie, 1987 test vs aussie at the good old lang park :D

Off topic a bit here, I scored some dvd's off a mate a couple of days ago, they include
1985 Nz vs aussie 3rd test - Carlaw park Auckland
1987 Nz vs Aussie test match - Lang park Brisbane
1991 Nz vs Aussie 1st test - Olympic park Melbourne
1992 Nz vs GB 1st test - Palmerston North
1992 Nz vs GB 2nd test - Carlaw Park
2005 Nz vs Aussie Tri- Nations final - Elland Rd, Leeds

I am looking forward to watching these soon :)
 

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