Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Australian Kangaroos have axed the USA Tomahawks from the 2013 Rugby League World Cup after a massive 62-0 flogging in Wrexham at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium in front of 5,762 fans.
Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris joined an elite list as both players posted four tries for the Australian Kangaroos. Wendell Sailor and Mat Rogers were the last Australians to score four tries in a World Cup match.
Brett Morris' four tries were claimed in the first half which saw Australia jump to a 38-0 lead after 40 minutes. Johnathan Thurston could have blown out the score line, however his conversion attempts failed to spilt the uprights.
The USA Tomahawks showed patches of courage as they held out the Australians, but the class of the Kangaroos overpowered them.
There is concern for Melbourne Storm fullback, Billy Slater who left the field four minutes into the second half with a reoccurring knee injury. Greg Inglis shifted to fullback as a result and Daly Cherry-Evans given an opportunity out of left centre.
The Tomahawks unable to contain the rampaging South Sydney centre, Greg Inglis as he tortured the USA defence. He crafted plays to cross the white-line twice for the Kangaroos.
The USA shocked the world as they advanced through to the quarter finals. The class of the Australians won out as the USA inexperience saw them bow out after a solid World Cup campaign.
Australia ended the contest with 12 tries on the board, concluding the match downing the Tomahawks 62-0. Australia now advance through to the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium next weekend.
Australia 62 United States 0
Venue: Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium
Halftime Score: Australia 38-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Greg Inglis
2 points - Jarryd Hayne
1 point - Brett Morris