Australians with the momentum as they romp home v Fiji and face New Zealand in WC final

Jarryd Hayne

It was just the sort of momentum they wanted leading into the tournament as they prepare to face New Zealand, after the Australian Kangaroos decimated a spirited Fijian side, winning 64-0.

In an eleven tries to zero romp, it was Jarryd Hayne who was once again the star of the game – despite Johnathan Thurston winning the man-of-the-match award – scoring three tries and putting on an all-round clinic.

With a tough game against the Kiwis coming up in the World Cup final, coach Tim Sheens knows that in reality, the game was tougher than it may have seemed and said his side are out to win.

“It was a tougher game than most people would think looking at the scoreline and we have plenty of bruises. We went out to defend well and we did,” Australia coach Tim Sheens said.

“We were embarrassed in the first game against England (in the first game of the tournament) and it will be a big ask next week against New Zealand.

“We have a week to get ready and we will be right.”

It was a one-way ticket to the World Cup as the Australians were firing on all cylinders – even forwards like Josh Papalii, James Tamou and Andrew Fifita getting on the scoresheet.

For Fiji, coach Rick Stone admits that it was a disappointing way for their tournament to end.

“We couldn’t match the Aussies in the skill and power, but we had a good tournament overall,” he said.

“We competed pretty well against England and Australia at times and we need to look at where we can compete more against them.

“We have come a long way since the last World Cup in 2008 and hopefully we can take some bigger steps now.”

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