first_imgThe Australian Mens Open team have sealed a thrilling 2-1 series victory over New Zealand after winning game three 5-4 in a drop off.The conditions somewhat improved for the commencement of the final game of the series and Jordan Marshall-King made the most of the better-quality surface to cut the defence apart to find Shaun Francis for the opener.Francis was at it again five minutes later this time in defence to deny the Kiwis right on the line after the hosts took an intercept and ran the length of the field. The Aussies recovered and again turned the Kiwis away.The Australians couldn’t convert a tough chance at the other end of the field when a tap back inside from James Shute couldn’t quite make it into the hands of Marshall-King who was certain to score. The Kiwis took full advantage levelling it up at 1 all through Raiki Willison.The scoring was free-flowing for remainder of the first half with Rob Nakhla’s try matched by another one from the Kiwis. When Hennessey and Marshall-King both scored for the Aussies the hosts found themselves two clear but a third to the Touch Blacks this time through Maurice Stone sent the teams into half time with a 4-3 scoreline.Conditions worsened after the break and whilst the scoring dried up the display of desperation from both sides was evident for all to see.Sean Law scored to level it back up at 4 all and the defensive effort from the Australians in the final minutes turned the Kiwis away time and time again to send it into a drop off to decide the Mens series.With the match in the balance and the Aussies pressing the Kiwis line the ball made its way into the hands of Dylan Hennessey who found an unmarked Scott Bundy for the match and series winning try.last_img