Newshub Roundtable: Best New Zealand team performances 2018

  • 02/01/2019

The Newshub panel of experts takes a look at the best perfomances from a New Zealand team in 2018.

Brad Lewis (Newshub online sports producer) :Blackcaps beat England in pink ball test

Yes the margin of victory was impressive. An innings and 49 runs is a spanking but the method of victory, the cricket the Blackcaps played made it one of the most complete test performances under then coach Mike Hesson.

Trent Boult almost single-handedly bowled England out for 58 in the first session taking 6/32 which was followed by centuries to Kane Williamson (102) and Henry Nicholls (145) as the New Zealand scored 427/8.

England batted better the second time sound but a trio of wickets for Boult, Neil Wagner and Todd Astle had the test over early on the final evening.

Kane Williamson and Tim Southee
Captain Kane Williamson with opening bowler Tim Southee Photo credit: Photosport

Sullivan Harnett (Newshub sports reporter): Black Ferns sevens beat Australia to win Commonwealth gold

The gold medal match for the women's sevens at the Commonwealth games produced perhaps the moment of the games with Kelly Brazier running the length of the park crowning the Black Ferns as the first ever women’s rugby sevens gold medallists. With high expectations, they provided a captivating game with an even more impressive finish on a very high stage.

Kelly Brazier
Commonwealth games hero Kelly Brazier Photo credit: Photosport


Luke Robinson (Newshub online sports producer): Women's Black Sticks win Commonwealth gold

The demolition of Australia in the commonwealth games gold medal match was a fantastic watch as a Kiwi, and as a hockey fan was no different. After a close 0-0 draw in the pool stage of the tournament we were set for a trans-tasman showdown for the gold medal. It was a up and down battle through most of the first half with the Kiwis taking the lead just before the break, and they never looked back dominating the three-time defending champions 4-1 to claim New Zealand's first gold medal since inception of hockey in 1998.

Brooke Neal
Commonwealth gold medalist Brooke Neal Photo credit: Photosport



Henry Rounce (Newshub sports reporter) NZ Football ferns (U17s) win bronze at World Cup

The U17 Football Ferns created history in Uruguay as they became the only Kiwi side to progress past the quarter-finals at a World Cup. New Zealand started the tournament off perfectly with a 1-0 win over Finland before beating the hosts 2-1.

They fell in their final pool game to Ghana, losing 2-0 but it was enough to get them through to the knockout stage. 

They played Japan and goalkeeper Anna Leat emerged as the hero saving a penalty and kicking home the winning goal from the spot.

The golden run ended there as the young ladies lost to the eventual champions Spain in the semi-final. The third-fourth place match was the final match for our girls who finished the tournament on a high, beating Canada to finish third and record the best finish for a New Zealand side at any football world cup.



Luke Robinson (Newshub online sports producer): Kiwis beat Australia at Mt Smart stadium

The clash at Mt Smart was a repeat of the Four Nations final from 2014. The visitors got off to the perfect start with Valentine Holmes scoring in the third minute.

It was a tussle from there for the rest of the first half with the Kangaroos scoring on the stroke of half time.

The Kiwis came out of the sheds the better side scoring three unanswered tries to take the lead to 26-12.

The Australian's mounted a comeback to make it a nail-biting finish. But it was the Kiwis who walked away victorious- claiming a famous 26-24 win. 

Kiwis vs Australia
The Kiwis came away with a rare win against Australia Photo credit: Getty
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