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Four Nations: Australia v NZ key match-ups

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/11/2016

JOHNATHAN THURSTON V SHAUN JOHNSON

Two of the finest playmakers in the games who are blessed with match-winning abilities. Thurston will get his first taste of action on tour having been rested for the win over Scotland. Johnson was the match-winner against England for New Zealand last week in a fine all-round display. Both players can expect special attention from two huge forward packs.

CAMERON SMITH V ISSAC LUKE

Smith will move past Mal Meninga in the list of most Australia Test appearances when he runs out in the green and gold for the 47th time at the Ricoh Arena. Now aged 33, the skipper shows no signs of a decline in performances and is still the best dummy-half in the world. Luke had a below-par first year with the Warriors after leaving South Sydney, but looked back to his best against England last week in a strong display.

JASON TAUMALOLO V BOYD CORDNER

Taumalolo was magnificent last week against England, playing non-stop for 76 minutes and almost clocking an eye popping 300 metres with the ball in hand. Halting the reigning joint Dally M Medal winner at his rampaging best will be a huge test for Australia. But in Cordner the Kangaroos have a special talent of their own, who is strong in defence, sharp in attack and a ferocious tackler with an eye for the tryline.

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