WOLLONGONG, Australia (AFP) – Australia’s Kangaroos eased into the Four Nations rugby league final with a convincing 44-18 win over Samoa in Wollongong on Sunday.
The Kangaroos, in danger of missing their first major tournament final in 60 years after losing 30-12 to New Zealand in the opening game, will have another crack at the Kiwis in the decider in Wellington next Saturday.
The Australians posted eight tries to Samoa’s three and were in control at halftime with a 28-6 lead.
Team mainstays Greg Inglis and Cooper Cronk both scored two tries, while skipper Cameron Smith landed four goals from six attempts.
The Samoans, who pushed England and New Zealand to the brink in their first two games, put in their worst defensive effort of the tournament to concede five tries in a sloppy first half.
Man-of-the-match Inglis was in outstanding form, scoring off a Corey Parker pass and then slicing through a weak Tim Lafai tackle to score his second try in the 26th minute.