Australian rugby league star Johnathan Thurston has slammed the Kiwis for a number of late hits in the Kangaroos' 16-0 victory last night.

The Cowboys skipper was hit late in the second half by Kiwis forward Sam Moa, in what was described by Andrew Johns as a "cheap shot."

"Yeah it rattled me a bit," Thurston said.

"It's bad because your body rests. So once you throw that ball you are relaxed and when they get you it hurts - you get that whiplash in your neck.

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"So hopefully we can get it out of the game because it is very late. Cooper (Cronk) copped another one there on that last play, so its not good for the game."

The test was fairly chippy throughout, with seven penalties in the first 24 minutes, while Australian debutant Semi Radradra was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul on Kevin Proctor.

Thurston wasn't completely clean himself, being penalised for a high tackle on Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

The Kangaroos' win snapped a three-game winning streak by the Kiwis.

- with news.com.au