League: Kiwis set to freeze in Kangaroos clash

By Michael Burgess in Coventry

The Kiwis will face near freezing temperatures in today's Four Nations clash against Australia, as a cold front hits the midlands region of England. Photo / Getty Images.
The Kiwis will face near freezing temperatures in today's Four Nations clash against Australia, as a cold front hits the midlands region of England. Photo / Getty Images.

The Kiwis will face near freezing temperatures in today's Four Nations clash against Australia, as a cold front hits the midlands region of England.

The mercury could be as low as three degrees Celsius by the time the match kicks off at 8pm local time (9am NZT) and will be hovering between one and two degrees during in the second half.

It's the kind of weather that would have suited the Kiwis teams of the 1950s and 1960s, when up to half the team - and usually most of the forward pack - hailed from Canterbury or the West Coast.

It's a different scenario these days, with most of the Kiwis from the Auckland isthmus, and almost all of them based in Australia.

Thankfully it's a clear night in Coventry, with no rain predicted.

Meanwhile, Kiwis captain Jesse Bromwich says the team has no psychological scars against Australia, despite losing the last two clashes by emphatic margins.

New Zealand was held scoreless in Newcastle in May, before a 26-6 defeat in Perth three weeks ago, but Bromwich feels those defeats have been consigned to history.

"We have moved on from those games," said Bromwich. "We have been over here for a while now and we have got a few combinations together. Our backrowers and our halves have had some time together. We are definitely up for this game; we are not cocky about it but we are going to back ourselves."

New Zealand hasn't beaten Australia in England since 2005, with a 20-20 draw in 2009 and comprehensive defeats in 2011 and 2013.

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