This afternoon Australia took on New Zealand in the final of the Four Nations at Anfield. The winner would become the number one ranked team in the world and become Four Nations champions.
Australia opened the scoring within 3 minutes thanks to Blake Ferguson who ran through the New Zealand defense to score in the right hand corner to give Australia an early 4-0 lead. Johnathan Thurston then converted from near the touch-line to further increase their lead to 6-0.
The next ten minutes saw Australia become the less stronger team with them giving away a number of penalties and making a number of crucial errors. However this did not stop them scoring again thanks to an amazing 30 metre run by Valentine Holmes who assisted in the try which was eventually scored by Josh Dugan to increase Australia’s lead to 10-0.
The world champions then continued their onslaught and extended their lead to 12-0 when Thurston converted a penalty in the 16th minute.
New Zealand then conceded another try thanks to Trent Merrin who crashed over underneath the sticks to extend the Australian’s tally once again to 16-0 with Thurston comfortably converting to make it 18-0.
The next couple of minutes saw Australia continue their dominance , they then extended their lead once again when they received a penalty because of a high tackle. This meant that Australia lead 20-0 after 30 minutes.
Josh Dugan then scored his second try of the match when Jonathan Thurston kicked the ball into the Kiwi’s area which Dugan managed to ground successfully to give the Australians a 24-0 lead (Thurston missed conversion).
Half Time Stats
Australia started the second half just like they did the first with Darius Boyd managing to slide over the line to extend Australia’s score to 28-0 after 45 minutes (conversion missed).
In the 53rd minute Valentine Holmes managed to ground the ball , however the try was disallowed as Holmes’s right hand was in touch when he placed the ball down. This gave New Zealand possession and they continued to attack the Australian line determined not to end the game scoreless.
This set of six resulted in a penalty for New Zealand when Josh Dugan went across their line of run and then they were given a another penalty because of interference yet again.
This penalty resulted in the Kiwi’s scoring their first try thanks to Jordan Kahu who went over in the corner to make the score 28-4 after 55 minutes. Kahu hit the post and the score remained 28-4 to the world champions.
In the 59th minute Holmes managed to run 50 metres down field however a pass to Boyd was missed which saw Australia given a penalty because of a voluntary tackle.
Kahu then scored another try to make the score 28-8 , Australia then sealed the match in the 74th minute thanks to Cordner which made the final score 34-8.
This results crowned Australia the Four Nations champions and the number one ranked team.