Sunday 9th November 2014
05:00 - Round: 3

44-18 FT

( 28-6 HT )

Attendance : 18,456

Official: G Sutton

Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Sunday 9th November 2014
05:00 - Round: 3

44 : 18 FT

( 28 - 6 HT )

Attendance : 18,456

Official: G Sutton

Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Scorers

  • Australia

  • Tries
    Cooper Cronk 2, Greg Inglis 2, Daly Cherry-Evans, David Klemmer, Josh Papalii, Josh Mansour,

  • Goals
    Cameron Smith 4, Daly Cherry-Evans 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Samoa

  • Tries
    Tim Simona, Ben Roberts, David Fa'alogo,

  • Goals
    Tim Lafai 3,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Michael
Jennings
Dylan
Walker
Sione
Mata'utia
Daly
Cherry-Evans
Josh
Papalii
Corey
Parker
Ben
Hunt
Josh
Jackson

Bench

Tim
Simona
Antonio
Winterstein
Tim
Lafai
Joey
Leilua
Daniel
Vidot
Kyle
Stanley
Isaac
Liu
Mose
Masoe
David
Fa'alogo
Frank
Pritchard
Leeson
Ah Mau
Josh
McGuire
Dunamis
Lui
Reni
Maitua
Sauaso
Sue
Pita
Godinet

Official Report / Commentary


Australia too strong for Samoa

Australia secured their place in the final of the 2014 Four Nations Series - and confirmed England\'s exit - with an emphatic 44-18 win over Samoa in Wollongong.

Full-back Greg Inglis and scrum-half Cooper Cronk both scored two tries as the Kangaroos set up a showdown with New Zealand in Wellington next Saturday, when they will have the chance to atone for their surprise 30-12 defeat in the group stages in Brisbane.

Samoa, who pushed both England and New Zealand all the way in their first two games on their tournament debut, needed a win by more than eight points to reach the final while a smaller margin of victory would have opened the door for England.

However, it proved to be a game too far for the Pacific Islanders, who trailed 28-6 at half-time, and England, who watched the match from their Dunedin hotel, will now pack their bags for an early return home.

Slender English and Samoan hopes suffered a blow within two minutes of the kick-off after man of the match Inglis broke clear to get Cronk over for the first of Australia\'s eight tries and the South Sydney full-back then went over twice in 15 minutes to establish a stranglehold on the game.

The physical Samoans were punished heavily for their indiscipline, conceding five penalties in the first 15 minutes, but full-back Tim Simona pulled a try back and replacement hooker Pita Godinet had one disallowed as they briefly rallied, to the delight of the 18,456 crowd at WIN Stadium.

However, stand-off Daly Cherry-Evans went 70 metres from a scrum to score Australia\'s fourth try and prop David Klemmer took the short route seven minutes before the break for his first Test try, with captain Cameron Smith kicking his fourth goal, to put the outcome beyond doubt.

Stand-off Ben Roberts, who is moving to Super League with Castleford in 2015, and captain David Fa\'alogo added further tries for the Samoans as they improved in the second half and Tim Lafai kicked his third conversion.

But Cronk claimed his second try and prop Josh Papalii and winger Josh Mansour both touched down in the last five minutes as the Kangaroos finished in total control.

Cherry-Evans converted both the last two tries after taking over the goalkicking duties from Smith.


  • 79: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Mansour
  • 79: GOAL! scored for Australia by Daly Cherry-Evans
  • 77: GOAL! scored for Australia by Daly Cherry-Evans
  • 76: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Papalii
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Samoa by Tim Lafai
  • 69: TRY! scored for Samoa by David Fa'alogo
  • 63: TRY! scored for Australia by Cooper Cronk
  • 61: Interchange On for Australia, Ben Hunt On
  • 61: Interchange Off for Australia, Aaron Woods Off
  • 51: Interchange Off for Australia, Sam Thaiday Off
  • 51: Interchange On for Australia, Josh Jackson On
  • 47: TRY! scored for Samoa by Ben Roberts
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Samoa by Tim Lafai
  • 38: Interchange On for Australia, Aaron Woods On
  • 38: Interchange Off for Australia, David Klemmer Off
  • 36: Interchange Off for Samoa, David Fa'alogo Off
  • 36: Interchange On for Samoa, Dunamis Lui On
  • 34: TRY! scored for Australia by David Klemmer
  • 34: GOAL! scored for Australia by Cameron Smith
  • 30: TRY! scored for Australia by Daly Cherry-Evans
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Australia by Cameron Smith
  • 26: TRY! scored for Australia by Greg Inglis
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Australia by Cameron Smith
  • 24: Interchange Off for Samoa, Isaac Liu Off
  • 24: Interchange On for Samoa, Sauaso Sue On
  • 23: Interchange On for Australia, Boyd Cordner On
  • 23: Interchange Off for Australia, Aaron Woods Off
  • 22: Interchange Off for Australia, Josh Papalii Off
  • 22: Interchange On for Australia, David Klemmer On
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Samoa by Tim Lafai
  • 20: TRY! scored for Samoa by Tim Simona
  • 16: Interchange On for Samoa, Pita Godinet On
  • 16: Interchange Off for Samoa, Mose Masoe Off
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Australia by Cameron Smith
  • 11: TRY! scored for Australia by Greg Inglis
  • 2: TRY! scored for Australia by Cooper Cronk
  • Head to Head

    Tries: 8-3

    Goals: 6-3