Australia’s Rugby league team cruised into the World cup semi finals with a record breaking 46-0 win over the pacific island nation of Samoa in this mornings 1st quarter final played in Darwin.
In front of a sell out 13,500 people, this was the first ever test match played so far up in the Northern Territories, with both sets of players being challenged by the extreme humidity and conditions. While another first went to Cronulla, Queensland and Australian winger Valentine Holmes who finished the game with 5 tries to his name, making him the first to break the five try barrier in any world cup match.
He opened up the scoring with some excellent fingertip control to collect Josh Dugan’s tap back that allowed him to dive in at the corner, his next came minutes later again benefiting from some excellent work from his inside backs to run 90m to score!
The Kangaroo’s next try came from a set play were 2nd rower Matt Gillett provided the inside ball that saw Billy Slater score his record equalling 14th world cup try, before North Queensland halfback Michael Morgan snatched a four-minute double just before the break. With skipper Cameroon Smith on hand to kick all 5 conversions the defending Champions went in 30-0 at half time.
Although Samoa did pick up their game in the second half, they could not prevent it become the Valentine Holmes show, with the winger notching up his hat trick with a superman dive into the corner to ground the ball. Minutes later he was on hand to finish of a fine move that started with a billy slater off load in midfield, before half backs Morgan and Cronk combined to send Holmes in under the sticks.
From here on Holmes was sniffing around everywhere and his chance came when Giant Prop forward David Klemmer was given the ball from a Samoan drop out and has the Samoan defence lined him up he sent a perfect pass out to Holmes who stepped inside both his winger and the fullback to score his record breaking try.
From here the Kangaroo’s will now line up next Friday at the Suncorp Stadium against the winners of tomorrows New Zealand vs Fiji quarter final.
Australia: Slater; Gagai, Chambers, Dugan, Holmes; Morgan, Cronk; Woods, Smith, Klemmer, Cordner, Gillett, McGuire
Replacements: Graham, McLean, Campbell-Gillard, Frizell
Samoa: Tonumaipea; Wright, Leutele, Leilua, Lafai; Luai, Roberts; Junior Paulo, Tevaga, Afoa, Papalii, Pritchard, Ah Mau
Replacements: Ese'Ese, Brown, Matagi, Joseph Paulo