Australian coach Tim Sheens ' squad for the tournament was:. Of the twenty four players, nineteen were New Zealand born while four were Australian born and one Tongan born. Of the twenty seven players, eighteen were French born while three were Australian born and three New Zealand borns and one Moroccan born and one New Caledonia born.
Four referees were nominated for the tournament by the governing bodies of the participating teams. The nominated referees were:. There were several venues used during the tournament throughout England and France. After trailing at half-time, England scored 30 consecutive points to defeat France , who were coached by former Great Britain half, Bobbie Goulding.
Petero Civoniceva was selected despite not having played any football since he injured his leg in game 2 of the State of Origin series in June. When Australian captain Darren Lockyer took the field for this match, he surpassed Mal Meninga 's record for most international caps for the Kangaroos. After at half-time, Australia quickly went to a lead before New Zealand scored fourteen points in a row to make it Australia's Cameron Smith scored a try and Johnathan Thurston made the conversion to level the scores with less than five minutes left to play.
The score finished at The crowd of 12, at Twickenham Stoop stadium set a new attendance ground record for a rugby league match. Australian captain Darren Lockyer equalled Ken Irvine 's record of 33 test tries for Australia by scoring in this match.
On a warm and sunny day, the Kangaroos went into half-time up and after Australia defeated England in their previous meeting in last year's Rugby League World Cup , the English looked set for another thrashing. However, England made an ambitious fight-back in the second half but, keeping Australia scoreless to lose by a more respectable margin of Towards the end of the match, Johnathan Thurston was sent to the sin bin.
New Zealand were leading at half-time. France got to within 4 points of New Zealand at before New Zealand scored 46 points in a row to comfortably win New Zealand's Bryson Goodwin scored 22 individual points and Sam Perrett scored a hat-trick of tries. This loss ended the French hopes of making the finals. The Kangaroos had not played in Paris since They went into the match having won their last 14 matches against France.
Due to French laws prohibiting the use of alcohol advertising in sport, the Australian jerseys' usual Victoria Bitter logo was replaced by one for Movember. It was the Australians who scored first when debutant Michael Jennings dummied his way through the defence from 20 metres out to score out wide.
Jennings also scored the second try of the match in the 27th minute when Lockyer threw a cutout pass to him in front of France's line. Thurston again failed to add the extras, so the score remained at 8 nil. The score did not change from then till half time, with both sides' defence holding each other's attacking opportunities out.
After receiving France's kick-off and making their way up-field with the help of a penalty, the Australians scored in only the 2nd minute of the half when Luke Lewis powered his way through the defence from about 12 metres out.
With Cooper Cronk on the field instead of Johnathan Thurston, Kurt Gidley was given kicking duties and converted the try, pushing Australia's lead out to 14 nil. Gidley's sideline conversion attempt missed so the score was 18 nil. Morris got his second try just a few minutes later when Darren Lockyer kicked ahead for him from 35 metres out. Gidley kicked the extras so Australia's lead was 24 nil.
Jennings thus became the 4th Kangaroo since Lionel Morgan in , Brad Mackay in and David Williams in to score a hat-trick on debut for Australia. Thurston, back on the field kicked his first successful goal of the match to push the score out to 30 nil with over 25 minutes of play to go. In the 61st minute France made the most of an attacking opportunity when Tomas Bosc kicked over the Australian defence where Olivier Elima leapt for it, coming down with the ball over the line.
Josh Morris then got a try at the minute mark when he received the ball from his twin brother Brett after the Australians had kept the ball alive. Thurston kicked the extras so the score was Josh Morris then got his second try a little over 2 minutes later when the Australians moved the ball out to his wing from a scrum win 30 metres out.
Thurston's successful conversion made the score and this is what it would be at the final whistle. The victory for Australia meant they would face the winner of the match between New Zealand and England to be played in Huddersfield later that evening. The last time these two sides met was in the World Cup when they played each other for the chance to face Australia in the final. On that occasion New Zealand won, sending England back home.
This time they were playing for the chance to face Australia in the Four Nations final. New Zealand could draw and still make the final, while England needed to win to advance.
In all of England's prior games, they had lost the first half but had won and not conceded a point in the second half. England got the first points of the match when they attacked up the middle, Sam Burgess spinning out of a tackle to send Kyle Eastmond over under the black dot just on 9 minutes. Sinfield's conversion from right in front was successful so England were out to a 6 nil lead. New Zealand responded 5 minutes later, moving the ball out wide to Bryson Goodwin's wing where he dived over in the corner.
He couldn't convert his own try though, so the score was left at In the 29th minute New Zealand were awarded a penalty right in front of the goal-posts and took the two points, leveling the score at 6 all. Six minutes later England were up at the Kiwis' end of the field again, attacking the line, when Sam Tomkins kicked across-field to Peter Fox's corner where the winger dived on the ball.
Sinfield kicked the extras from the sideline so England were again a converted try in front with just over 4 minutes remaining. England continued dominating field position and scored again in the 39th minute from a scrum win near England's line, the ball going through the hands out to Peter Fox to score his second.
Sinfield again added the extras, pushing England's lead out to New Zealand opened the scoring after just a minute and a half into the second hand when at the halfway line Isaac Luke made a break from dummy-half, his offload finding support players who got the ball out to Ben Matulino who scored.
Bryson Goodwin's kick added the extras, bringing the Kiwis back within a converted try, trailing The play for the next half hour went from end to end, with both teams getting good attacking opportunities but both teams' defences holding them out. Then when England were close to New Zealand's line they were awarded a penalty for ruck interference and with less than 10 minutes remaining, decided to take the kick for an 8-point lead. Sinfield's kick was successful so the score was in favour of the home team.
England were able to hold New Zealand out for the remaining minutes of the match and so earned a place in the final. Kevin Sinfield, in the unfamiliar position of hooker was named man-of-the-match. The Australian team for the final had the Queensland team's halves pairing, front row, centre pairing and fullback, while both wingers, the whole back row, three quarters of the bench and the coach were New South Walshmen.
By playing in this match, Darren Lockyer became the first Australian in history to play in fifty international matches for his country. In addition, teammate and fellow Queenslander, Petero Civoniceva became the most-capped forward, breaking Johnny Raper 's record by earning his 40th cap.
It took Australia till the ninth minute to cross England's line. Quick passing out to Brett Morris on the right wing saw him dive over in the corner, but the video referee ruled that he'd lost control of the ball in the grounding of it so no try was allowed.
In the fourteenth minute Australia responded: Thurston kicked the conversion from near the sideline so the scores were level at 6 all. A few minutes later England were back attacking Australia's line, when on the final tackle Eastmond put a kick up to his right winger Peter Fox, who beat Jarryd Hayne in the leap for the ball to come down with the try, putting the home team back in front.
Five minutes later Hayne made a good break from half way, kicking ahead for Greg Inglis to chase through and ground the ball. The video referee checked Inglis' grounding and gave him the benefit of the doubt. At the thirty-minute mark England were penalised right in front of their goal posts and Australia opted to take the kick, Thurston's boot pushing Australia's lead out to four.
No further points were scored in the first half so they went into the break at England 10, Australia After ten minutes of sustained pressure on Australia's defence England were through, Burgess again charging over under the posts from close range.
A little over three minutes later it was Australia attacking England's line when their fullback Billy Slater dove over from dummy-half, the lead changing again to be back with the Kangaroos. In the fifty-eighth minute the Kangaroos were on the attack again when Thurston chipped ahead from twenty metres out for Brett Morris to chase through and score in the corner behind the England defence.
The conversion attempt by Thurston was missed so Australia lead with twenty-one minutes of the match remaining. Shortly after the kick-off following the try England's Michael Shenton suffered a head clash when trying to tackle front-row forward Ben Hannant and the game was halted as he was stretchered unconscious from the field. Australia scored a remarkable try after sixty-six minutes when Darren Lockyer chipped over the top into England's in goal and Slater, chasing through leapt over the dead ball line to slap the ball back in with his hand for Cameron Smith to dive on and claim the four points.
As the Kangaroos returned the ball after a short kick-off from England they reached the opposition's end of the field and Slater scored again after backing up a good break from Smith.
The conversion from Thurston was an easy one so the score was in favour of the visitors with under ten minutes of the match remaining. In the seventy-third minute Jarryd Hayne got a try after running through to chase a Lockyer grubber. Thurston added the extras, Australia's lead now with a little over five minutes left to play. The Australians got one more try though when Kurt Gidley made a break around the halfway line and kicked ahead, Billy Slater winning the race to the ball to claim his hat-trick in the seventy-seventh minute.
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