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Ton  24-22  Lebanon  FT

Friday 28th October 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

54-12 FT

( 30-6 HT )

Official: B Thaler

Venue: Lightstream Stadium, Hull

  • Australia

  • Tries
    Blake Ferguson, Cooper Cronk 2, James Maloney, Josh Mansour 2, Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell, Michael Morgan, Jake Trbojevic,

  • Goals
    James Maloney 7,

  • Drop Goals

  • Scotland

  • Tries
    Ryan Brierley, Ben Kavanagh,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary


Australia cruise through Four Nations opener against Scotland

Australia cruised through their Ladbrokes Four Nations opener but Scotland spared their blushes with a late recovery to keep the score to respectable proportions.

The Bravehearts looked destined for the embarrassment skipper Danny Brough feared when they trailed 30-0 after 34 minutes but tries from Ryan Brierley and Ben Kavanagh eased the pain of a 54-12 defeat on their Four Nations debut.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga was able to rest Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd and bring skipper Cameron Smith off at half-time but the tourists still had too much pace and power for a Scotland side that was blown away inside the first 15 minutes.

Meninga took the opportunity to give debuts to five back-up members of his 24-strong squad which amply demonstrated their strength in depth while former Wales second rower Tyson Frizzell enjoyed an impressive full debut.

Stand-off James Maloney scored 18 points with a try and seven goals on his debut while loose forward Jake Trbojevic also marked his first appearance for his country with a touchdown.

Brough led Scotland\'s fightback and NRL regulars Euan Aitken and Lachlan Coote made impressive debuts as the outgunned Bravehearts emerged with considerable credit.

There was also a rousing performance from prop Adam Walker who appeared to thrive on the constant booing from Hull KR fans angered over his decision to leave the relegated club in favour of a move to St Helens.

Winger Blake Ferguson opened the scoring after four minutes, touching down for the first of their 10 tries at the corner straight from a scrum, and scrum-half Cooper Cronk grabbed the first of his two tries five minutes later after racing onto Smith\'s grubber kick off the side of his foot in a move honed on the Melbourne training park.

Cronk then sparked a clinical move for Maloney to touch down before finishing off a break by former Wales second rower Tyson Frizzell to claim his second on his 30th appearance.

A thunderous tackle from Scotland hooker Liam Hood on full-back Matt Moylan lifted his side and briefly stemmed the green and gold tide and Smith showed he is human after all with a rare fumble inside his own half.

Left winger Josh Mansour got the scoreboard moving again with two tries in the second quarter after more good work from his Penrith team-mate Moylan that took the score out to 30-0.

The Bravehearts\' first try came two minutes before the break when Brierley touched down a trademark grubber kick from his Huddersfield team-mate Brough, who added the conversion.

Centre Josh Dugan then dummied his way over from 50 metres to score Australia\'s first try in the second half before being forced off following a clash of heads with Luke Douglas.

Maloney kicked his fourth goal to extend the lead to 36-6 but Scotland rallied and Brough came up with a 50-metre break to turn defence into attack and create the position for prop Adam Walker to get loose forward Ben Kavanagh over for their second try on 58 minutes.

Brough\'s second goal cut the lead to 36-12 but the Australians found their second wind in the last 20 minutes with Frizzell proving unstoppable from 15 metres out and Michael Morgan and Trbojevic adding further tries against the tiring Scots.


  • 80: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 80: TRY! scored for Australia by Jake Trbojevic
  • 68: TRY! scored for Australia by Michael Morgan
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 66: TRY! scored for Australia by Tyson Frizell
  • 58: GOAL! scored for Scotland by Danny Brough
  • 58: TRY! scored for Scotland by Ben Kavanagh
  • 44: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 44: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Dugan
  • 38: TRY! scored for Scotland by Ryan Brierley
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Scotland by Danny Brough
  • 35: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Mansour
  • 26: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Mansour
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 15: TRY! scored for Australia by Cooper Cronk
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 13: TRY! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Australia by James Maloney
  • 10: TRY! scored for Australia by Cooper Cronk
  • 6: TRY! scored for Australia by Blake Ferguson
  • Key Performers

    Josh Mansour

    Metres 231
    9 9

    Trent Merrin

    Offloads 4
    9 9

    Tyson Frizell

    Clean Breaks 3
    9 9

    James Maloney

    Metres 152
    9 9

    Matthew Russell

    Offloads 4
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Australia 10
    Scotland 2

    Goals:

    Australia 7
    Scotland 2

    METRES:

    Australia 1847
    Scotland 922

    CARRIES:

    Australia 195
    Scotland 145

    TACKLES:

    Australia 272
    Scotland 347

    OFFLOADS:

    Australia 12
    Scotland 10

    PENALTIES:

    Australia 5
    Scotland 6

    BREAKS:

    Australia 15
    Scotland 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Cooper Cronk 2 1 12 1 1 0 2 5 38 7.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Mansour 2 0 5 0 1 8 0 21 231 11.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Morgan 1 0 18 2 1 4 0 9 113 12.56 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tyson Frizell 1 1 19 3 0 6 0 10 123 12.30 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jake Trbojevic 1 0 23 2 1 2 0 13 122 9.38 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Maloney 1 2 15 0 0 3 1 18 152 8.44 2 1 3 0 7 3 1 1
    Blake Ferguson 1 0 5 0 1 2 0 15 139 9.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Dugan 1 0 12 1 1 5 0 5 83 16.60 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Trent Merrin 0 1 26 3 1 3 0 15 123 8.20 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Jake Friend 0 0 24 4 0 0 2 5 48 9.60 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Shannon Boyd 0 0 18 6 1 1 0 10 82 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Klemmer 0 0 11 0 0 2 0 13 141 10.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Thaiday 0 0 31 3 0 1 0 11 79 7.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Cameron Smith 0 1 17 1 0 0 1 4 50 12.50 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Woods 0 0 21 2 0 3 0 17 120 7.06 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Justin O'Neill 0 0 9 3 2 1 0 11 85 7.73 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Moylan 0 4 6 0 0 4 0 13 118 9.08 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Kavanagh 1 0 27 1 2 1 0 6 35 5.83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Brierley 1 0 10 2 1 0 1 2 7 3.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Brooks 0 0 15 1 3 0 0 8 37 4.63 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 0 0 25 5 4 0 0 8 27 3.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Hellewell 0 0 25 4 2 1 0 9 44 4.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 31 6 2 0 0 10 47 4.70 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Addy 0 0 47 6 3 0 1 8 61 7.63 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Liam Hood 0 0 39 9 3 0 0 2 18 9.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 25 8 0 0 0 7 36 5.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Walker 0 1 30 3 6 0 0 9 64 7.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Danny Brough 0 0 11 0 2 1 3 7 100 14.29 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 2
    Matthew Russell 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 17 128 7.53 0 9 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Euan Aitken 0 0 28 5 3 4 0 11 68 6.18 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Kane Linnett 0 0 6 0 2 1 0 11 74 6.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lachlan Coote 0 0 10 1 4 2 0 12 75 6.25 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 13 64 4.92 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Billy McConnachie 0 0 12 2 6 0 0 5 37 7.40 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties