New Zealand have taken out the 2014 Four Nations tournament with a thrilling 22-18 victory over Australia at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night — a performance and match that, in many respects, depicted the entire tournament to date.
As they have been since the beginning of the tournament, the Kiwis proved to be simply too strong in attack and too determined in defence for the defending champions.
The Kangaroos certainly had their moments; a fortuitous try to Michael Jennings in the opening stanza of the game was one they took advantage of, while Sione Mata'utia's late effort that was denied by a forward pass showcased the other side of Australia's attack — one that simply wasn't quite as clinical as their opponents.
There's no doubting that Stephen Kearney's side were worthy champions this year, particularly given their ability to win close matches against all three other nations.
Let's take a look back over the 2014 Four Nations tournament, including all the key team and Wests Tigers players stats, as well as scores and match highlights.
2014 Four Nations: Scores and Results
Game I — England 32 def. Samoa 26 (Suncorp Stadium, Australia)
Game II — New Zealand 32 def. Australia 12 (Suncorp Stadium, Australia)
Game III — New Zealand 14 def. Samoa 12 (Toll Stadium, New Zealand)
Game IV — Australia 16 def. England 12 (AAMI Park, Australia)
Game V — New Zealand 16 def. England 14 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand)
Game VI — Australia 44 def. Samoa 18 (WIN Stadium, Australia)
Grand Final — New Zealand 22 def. Australia 18 (Westpac Stadium, New Zealand)
2014 Four Nations: Group Stage Table
2014 Four Nations: Wests Tigers Player Stats
|Aaron Woods (Australia)||4||-||45||445m||123||-|
|Robbie Farah (Australia)||1||-||2||26m||12||-|
|Martin Taupau (New Zealand)||4||-||35||330m||50||6|
|Adam Blair (New Zealand)||4||-||31||252m||101||5|
|Tim Simona (Samoa)||3||4||36||323m||8||6|
|Sauaso Sue (Samoa)||2||-||15||161m||45||2|
(Key — P: Played, AR: All Runs, ARM: All Run Metres, T: Tackles, O: Offloads)