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Former coach Frank Endacott has all but written off the Kiwis in their Four Nations final against Australia.
The Kangaroos will be overwhelming favourites at Liverpool's famous Anfield ground on Monday morning, after the champion Kiwis' dismal showing against Scotland and the tournament-ending injury to Thomas Leuluai.
After Australia crushed England, Endacott said the Kiwis would need the Kangaroos to have an off day.
"If Australia play like last night I can't see us beating them," he told the Radio Sport Breakfast.
He described the draw against Scotland in Cumbria as "one of the poorest displays I've ever seen from a Kiwi side". They lacked just about everything - ideas, structure, finesse, discipline and enthusiasm.