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Kiwis will be at home at Suncorp: Tate

Laine Clark 10/11/2010 03:15:50 PM Comments (0)

Three seasons at the New Zealand Warriors taught Brent Tate that the Kiwis treat Suncorp Stadium as a "home away from home".

Which has ensured the Australian rugby league team is more than wary of a New Zealand backlash in the Four Nations final in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The Kangaroos would be forgiven for bounding into the tournament decider full of confidence after maintaining their unbeaten record by holding out the Kiwis 34-20 at Eden Park last weekend.

But centre Tate said New Zealand only have fond memories of Suncorp Stadium - especially after their shock World Cup final win in 2008 in Brisbane.

And that made Australia extra cautious before meeting the wounded Kiwis on Saturday night.

"I know after playing for the Warriors and from past Test matches here, there is plenty of Kiwi support," Tate said.

"And look at the World Cup.

"Personally it (Cup final loss) is still fresh in my mind.

"But it's not motivation for us.

"It is just a reminder of what they are capable of."

Tate said last weekend's win over New Zealand may work against Australia this weekend.

"It steels them as a team," he said.

"They have said they were not happy with their performance last weekend.

"It's a final and they have players with big game experience - we are expecting a tough game."

North Queensland-bound Tate has embraced his representative opportunity during the Four Nations after injuries to Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges.

Tate admitted there were times he thought he would never don the green and gold again as he battled injury after serious injury.

The special neck brace he wears is a constant reminder of the horrific injuries he has recovered from during his stellar career.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't doubt myself (during rehabilitation)," he said.

"But I have always prided myself on the way I have come back from injuries.

"All that ensures you do not take things for granted.

"I know better than anyone it could all end tomorrow so I am very passionate about playing for my country."

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