Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Daly Cherry-Evans (2), Josh Mansour, David Klemmer, Cooper Cronk, Josh Papalii
Goals: Cameron Smith 4/6, Daly Cherry-Evans 2/2
Toa Samoa 18
Tries: Ben Roberts, Tim Simona, David Fa’alogo
Goals: Tim Lafai 3/3
The Australian Kangaroos have booked their place in next week’s Four Nations final following a powerful 44-18 win over Toa Samoa at WIN Stadium, Wollongong this afternoon.
In warm conditions, played in front of an impressive crowd of 18,456, the Kangaroos took just two minutes to open their account and raced to a 28-6 half time lead.
Cooper Cronk got the home side on the board early with a great try, started by Inglis who put Sione Mata’utia away with a brilliant offload before the young winger put Cronk in for the game’s opening try.
In the 11th minute, Broncos team mates Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker combined to send Greg Inglis over for the Kangaroos’ second try. Smith converted and the Kangaroos led 10-0.
Toa Samoa hit back in the 20th minute when fullback Tim Simona took advantage of some flimsy defence to score beside the posts. Tim Lafai converted to make it 10-6.
Inglis scored his second to make it 16-6 after 26 minutes before a long-range try to Daly Cherry-Evans in the 30th minute, converted by Smith pushed the home side out to a 16-point lead at 22-6.
A soft try to Kangaroos prop David Klemmer in the 34th minute made it 28-6 to the Kangaroos at half time and left the Samoans with plenty to do in the second half.
A 47th-minute try to Samoan five eighth Ben Roberts gave them some hope at 28-12, but Cronk scored his second of the match after 62 minutes to make it 32-16 and keep Samoa at bay.
The Samoans refused to go away and added a third try, to skipper David Fa’alogo, with 12 minutes left to make it 32-18, but two tries to the Kangaroos in the final 10 minutes earned them a place in the final.