Kangaroos conquer England to claim eleventh world cup

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    Australia have beaten a gutsy England 6-0 in a very physical and entertaining World Cup Final at Suncorp Stadium.

    It was Test match football at its best. Both teams were like heavyweight boxers trading punches, but were unable to land the knockout blow.

    The first tackle of the match set the tone of things to come, with James Graham emerging very groggy from a head clash with Matt Gillett. Both sides continued to trade heavy hits throughout the match.

    It was an arm wrestle for field position for most of the game, but the Australians took advantage of more possession to score the only try in the first half.

    Man-of-the-match Boyd Cordner ran strongly into a hole and then used his strength to barge his way through the last line of defence.

    Michael Morgan was disallowed a try in the second half for Australia after a video review revealed some obstruction in the lead-up.

    Australia generally looked to be the more dangerous of the two teams in attack, but England had their moments. The closest they came was a break by centre Kallum Watkins in the second half, but he was brought down in a desperate Josh Dugan ankle tap.

    The scrambling defence of both teams out wide was as impressive as the intensity up the middle.

    Australia’s defence throughout this World Cup has been very hard to break, and it was no different tonight. They have conceded just three tries in six games.

    If this match is the last time that Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater pull on the green and gold jersey for Australia together, a World Cup victory is a fitting finale.

    England certainly would have lost no fans though with their performance. Their completion rate was lower than Australia’s, but you couldn’t fault their effort or commitment.

    The match was a great way to finish a World Cup that has seen improved performances from several Tier 2 nations.

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    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:01pm
      Paul Nicholls said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

      Fantastic game. Well done both teams

    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:07pm
      Cathar Treize said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

      Fitting end to the RLWC, bring on RLWC2021!

    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:10pm
      Justin Kearney said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

      Cracking game. Shows why league is the greatest game of all. Tough relentless absorbing and brilliant.

    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:12pm
      Jimmmy said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      Just Wow. England were sensational. They are gutted but can hold their head very high. Now that was a sporting contest.

    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:12pm
      Paul said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      I missed the first thirty minutes of the game but as an Englishman, I am thinking opportunity missed. From what I watched, England were the better team. Sounded like Australia dominated the first 20 but even so England should have won that game. They made plenty of opportunities, the forwards were outstanding, McGillvary, Hall, Watkins all fantastic. Just not enough quality in the final third and lack of composure in the key moments. If we had a player of the calibre of Cronk or Smith, we would have won. Cam Smith, what a player. Does he ever make a bad decision? Defends in the middle, plays 80 and his decision making is impeccable. Gale, Brown and even Widdop not good enough to get it done.

      The Aussie players knew they had been in a game, they were walking to every restart in the last 20 and just shut up shop and played the percentages. Fair play, they had the personnel to get it done.

      I’m not sure what business Josh Dugan has being in the Australian team, but that was some ankle tap on Watkins.

    • December 2nd 2017 @ 10:14pm
      Realist1975 said | December 2nd 2017 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

      One of the best games i have ever watched. Next World Cup will be interesting with no Slater, Thurston, Smith etc for Australia.

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