Kangaroos down Bravehearts
30 October, 2016, 12:00 am
Mal Meninga’s revamped Kangaroos line-up was never seriously troubled in their opening Four Nations encounter, running away 54-12 winners over Scotland at Hull’s Lightstream Stadium.
The first ever Test between minnows Scotland and Australia saw the Four Nations debutants compete strongly but they lacked the polish to seriously threaten the might of the Kangaroos.
Despite ringing a host of changes in keeping his word to give every player in his squad a run, Meninga’s men barely missed a beat in the first half.
Man of the Match Matt Moylan had a whale of a game at fullback, slotting into the structures beautifully and tormenting the Bravehearts with a slick passing game to help create five of Australia’s tries.
Fellow first-gamer James Maloney got a run with Johnathan Thurston rested and he also made the best of his chances.
Despite uncharacteristically missing three conversions he scored one try and had a hand in four and combined brilliantly with second-gamer Tyson Frizell on the left edge.
Lock Jake Trbojevic produced some bone-rattling defence in an assured debut and was rewarded with a late try; centre Justin O’Neill had a strong outing also but debutant hooker Jake Friend appeared to try a bit too hard to produce something after being brought on after half-time and produced two turnovers.