As the Kiwis prepare to repeat history against arch-rivals Australia, Kathleen Tamou is gearing up for the game of her life.
She is the grandmother of Kiwis hooker Issac Luke and a self-confessed Rugby League World Cup "super fan".
Speaking to the Taranaki Daily News from her Kiwi league bunker deep in urban Hawera, Mrs Tamou has watched every game - except for those involving the Aussies of course.
And she believes the Kiwis have what it takes to make it two World Cup wins in a row.
The thrilling last-minute win against England last weekend was proof they never gave up, she said.
"To be honest, England was the better team that day. I was nearly in tears.
"They needed to fight back, that's what their haka is all about."
Yesterday afternoon, Mrs Tamou's house was a quiet and peaceful spot to reflect on a grandson's rise to stardom.
The walls are covered in team photos and it didn't take long for her to fish out a stack of Kiwi jerseys.
But come Sunday morning it will be a cauldron of cheers, tears and screams.
"I don't go out to the pub to watch his games," she said.
"I'm not the best company."
Ducking and weaving in her favourite chair, it has suffered more than most. "I feel like I'm playing it with him. I feel every hit that he gets too."
She did have one wish for the tournament though.
"Could Fonterra please give my husband [Gavin] the night off to watch it with me?"
- © Fairfax NZ News
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