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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 October, 2003, 08:08 GMT 09:08 UK
Latham revels in try haul
Chris Latham
Latham ran in a total of five tries
Australian full-back Chris Latham professed his delight after breaking the record for tries scored in an international by a Wallaby.

Latham, overlooked for Australia's first team for the tournament to date, ended with a tally of five as the world champions romped to a 142-0 victory.

Afterwards he said: "It feels great to get the record."

Australia notched up a total of 22 tries in a contest which was one-sided from the third minute, when Latham picked up try number one.

He added: "We were jumping around a bit in the first few minutes but, after that, we really kept it in close."

Latham singled out the Aussie forwards for individual praise for their part in his five-try haul.

You don't play in a coherent, direct and fluent style like that if you've got disharmony
Australia coach Eddie Jones

He added: "The guys inside really laid the platform especially the forwards. A lot has been said about us up front but they proved we can do things.

"In the second half we didn't let out standards drop which was the most important thing. The guys laid a really good platform and we took it on from there."

Australia coach Eddie Jones insisted there was no point reading into the scoreline.

Jones said: "You've just got to look at the 1995 World Cup when the All Blacks scored 145 against Japan and didn't win the World Cup. You've got to put it in perspective."

The margin of victory, however, was a big boost after a week of reports suggesting disharmony in the Australian squad.

But Jones was quick to dismiss such reports.

He added: "There's a big difference between unhappiness and disharmony. You don't play in a coherent, direct and fluent style like that if you've got disharmony."





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