Ruth­less Aus­tralia ham­mer NZ in final

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

An­field: Aus­tralia pro­duced a clin­i­cal dis­play to blow New Zealand away 34-8 and de­servedly win the Four Na­tions in front of 40,042 at An­field. Mal Meninga’s team went through the tour­na­ment un­beaten - and in wrestling the ti­tle from the Ki­wis re­claimed the world num­ber one rank­ing. With a quar­ter of the match gone, tries from Blake Fer­gu­son, Josh Du­gan and Trent Mer­rin plus a penalty from Johnathan Thurston gave the Kan­ga­roos an unas­sail­able 20-0 lead. That was 24-0 by the break as the ruth­less Aus­tralians added to their score when Du­gan touched down a kick from Thurston. Full­back Dar­ius Boyd ex­tin­guished any hope of an un­likely come­back with a score shortly af­ter the restart and al­though two tries from Jor­dan Kahu re­duced the deficit, Aus­tralia’s Boyd Cord­ner had the final word with a late score. Aus­tralia coach Meninga is a Liver­pool FC fan and must have been de­lighted with the ruth­less per­for­mance from his team at An­field. Meninga had tar­geted re­claim­ing the world num­ber one rank­ing dur­ing this tour and that never looked in doubt on a chilly Sun­day af­ter­noon when their op­po­nents were sim­ply un­able to answer the ques­tions asked of them. -BBC

Mal Meninga.

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