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RugbyL: Kangaroos revel in sweet World Cup revenge

Regaining the World Cup with a 34-2 hammering of New Zealand had helped erase some of the disappointment of losing it five years ago, Australia captain Cameron Smith admitted Saturday. Smith was one of the older rearguard on show in 2008 when the Kangaroos were trumped by the Kiwis 34-20. There was to be no such repeat at Old Trafford, however, with Australia scoring five converted tries to nil in a completely dominant display. "Standing out on the field after the match I think a little bit of the disappointment from 2008 was erased," a smiling Smith said.

RugbyL: World Cup final full result - New Zealand 2 Australia 34

Full result of the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford on Saturday: New Zealand 2 Australia 34 (H-t: 2-16) Scorers New Zealand: Penalty - Johnson Australia: Tries - Slater (2), Cronk, Morris (2); Conversions - Thurston (5); Penalties - Thurston (2) Teams (1-13) New Zealand Kevin Locke; Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare, Bryson Goodwin, Manu Vatuvei; Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson; Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Issac Luke, Jesse Bromwich; Simon Mannering (capt), Sonny Bill Williams; Elijah Taylor

RugbyL: Australia hand Kiwis a masterclass to win World Cup

Australia regained their place at the head of rugby league's top table with a 34-2 thrashing of defending champions New Zealand in the World Cup final on Saturday. The Kangaroos scored five tries in a sublime performance of hard-nosed defence mixed with a superior kicking game and a sharp eye for an attacking opportunity in outplaying a sluggish Kiwi side that failed to fire.

RugbyL: Australia hand Kiwis a masterclass to win World Cup

Australia regained their place at the head of rugby league's top table with a 34-2 thrashing of defending champions New Zealand in the World Cup final on Saturday. The Kangaroos scored five tries in a sublime performance of hard-nosed defence mixed with a superior kicking game and a sharp eye for an attacking opportunity in outplaying a sluggish Kiwi side that failed to fire.

RugbyL: Australia lead New Zealand 16-2 at half time of World Cup final

Australia led New Zealand 16-2 at half-time of the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford stadium on Saturday. The Kangaroos scored two tries through Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston kicking two conversions and two penalties. The Kiwis' points came from a sole Shaun Johnson penalty. lp/ak

RugbyL: Previous form counts for nothing - Kangaroos' Thurston

Previous form and results count for nothing, Australia playmaker Johnathan Thurston claimed ahead of Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against defending champions New Zealand. Both teams are unbeaten going into the showcase game of what has been a highly successful tournament, at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium.

RugbyL: Australia gun for World Cup revenge over New Zealand

Australia will be gunning for revenge when they clash with defending champions and trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Kiwis won the last World Cup in 2008 with a shock 34-20 victory in Brisbane over the Kangaroos, who have dominated the 13-man code having won nine previous editions. New Zealand are defending Four Nations champions after also beating Australia in Brisbane. But those two victories are the Kiwis' sole successes in five years of competition between the Anzac rivals.

RugbyL: Kiwis out to stop Kangaroo juggernaut

New Zealand realise they face the ultimate test in their bid to defend the Rugby League World Cup title when they take on the might of a free-scoring, defence-strong Australian team on Saturday. The Kiwis pipped England 20-18 in their nail-biting semi-final at Wembley thanks to a last-minute converted try from Shaun Johnson, in what was undoubtedly one of the best games of rugby league for many a year. There was no such drama for the Kangaroos, who scored 11 tries in a 64-0 dismantling of an underpowered Fiji in their semi-final.

RugbyL: Kangaroos ready to 'butt heads' with Kiwis

Australia are ready to "butt heads" with New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup final after handing Fiji an 11-try drubbing in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Kangaroos, who were surprisingly beaten by the Kiwis at the last World Cup in 2008, are bidding for a 10th trophy and look in good form ahead of next Saturday's final in Manchester after the 64-0 run-out.

RugbyL: Kearney hails never-say-die Kiwis

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney hailed his team's never-say-die attitude after watching them produce a last-gasp 20-18 victory over England in the World Cup semi-finals. Playmaker Shaun Johnson evaded a Kevin Sinfield tackle to jink over for a try he converted with the last kick of a scintillating match which England had dominated for long periods. The result left Kearney and captain Simon Mannering satisfied but wary that they'll have to step up another level when they play in the final next weekend at old Trafford.
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