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Australia 30-6 New Zealand

Australia (14) 30
Tries: Inglis, Monaghan, Folau 2, Slater Goals: Thurston 4, Smith
New Zealand (6) 6
Tries: Manu Goals: Matai

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Highlights: Australia 30-6 New Zealand

Australia outclassed New Zealand to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start in Sydney.

Greg Inglis and Joel Monaghan went over for the hosts in the first half while Sika Manu touched down for New Zealand.

The Kangaroos upped the pace after the break, with Isreal Folau scoring two tries and Billy Slater also going over.

Captain Darren Lockyer starred in an impressive Australian performance, although the win was marred by an injury to winger Brent Tate.

It was an ominous display from Australia, with the result flattering the Kiwis, who struggled to create many chances.

Australia went ahead after 10 minutes with Jonathan Thurston converting a penalty after Kiwi second rower Simon Mannering was penalised for laying on in the tackle.


Centre Steve Matai was lucky to escape with a warning after going high on Paul Gallen, although Inglis went over in the left corner from the resulting penalty.

Thurston added the extras and it was against the run of play when New Zealand scored their first points on 26 minutes, with second rower Sika Manu stepping off his right foot to touch down on his debut.

Matai added the conversion to narrow the gap to just two points but Australia quickly restored their advantage when full-back Slater put Monaghan over in the corner. Thurston's third goal made it 14-6 at the interval.

Tate went off with a neck injury 10 minutes after the restart, suggesting his World Cup might be over.

Stuart promises more after Aussie win

Soon after, Thurston bamboozled the tiring New Zealand defenders with a mazy run, and a fine pass out of the tackle sent Slater over for a try. Thurston converted his fourth goal from five attempts.

Australia's Cameron Smith and New Zealand's Jerome Ropati both had late tries disallowed by the video referee before Folau burst over for his second just before the end, with Smith adding the touchline conversion.

Australia: Slater, Monaghan, Inglis, Folau, Tate, Lockyer, Thurston, Price, Smith, Civoniceva, Laffranchi, Stewart, Gallen. Replacements: Gidley, Kite, Perry, Tupou.

New Zealand: Hohaia, Perrett, Matai, Ropati, Vatuvei, Marshall, Leuluai, Cayless, Fien, Blair, Mannering, Manu, Smith. Replacements: Halatau, Eastwood, Sa, Rapira.

see also
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Rugby League World Cup 2008 fixtures
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World Cup 2008 - players to watch
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Rugby League World Cup history
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Rugby League World Cup on the BBC
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