KO: 19:00  09:00 UK   World Cup Final - Round: Final
VENUE: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane     OFFICIAL: tbc     MATCH STATUS: Result

Home Team

6
(6)

TRIES

Boyd Cordner

GOALS

Cameron Smith

0
(0)

Away Team

TRIES

GOALS

Official Match Report

England fell agonisingly short in their attempt to end a generation's wait for glory as Australia ground out a tense 6-0 victory in the World Cup final.

The Kangaroos were forced to defend for their lives in an epic battle of Brisbane before securing their 11th title out of a possible 15, winning the World Cup on home soil for the first time since 1977 in front of a crowd of 40,033 at the Suncorp Stadium.

It rounded off a second year unbeaten under coach Mal Meninga but it might have been very different but for an ankle tap on Kallum Watkins when he looked all set to score an equalising try 16 minutes from the end.

The only try was the result of Australia's ability to mount pressure through back-to-back penalties and a goal-line drop-out, with Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Michael Morgan combining sweetly to get second rower Boyd Cordner charging through a gap in the England defence on 14 minutes.

Min   Event Action Score
15 try Try scored for Australia by Boyd Cordner 4-0
16 goal Goal scored for Australia by Cameron Smith 6-0

Bench

Billy
Slater
Dane
Gagai
Will
Chambers
Josh
Dugan
Valentine
Holmes
Michael
Morgan
Cooper
Cronk
Aaron
Woods
Cameron
Smith
David
Klemmer
Boyd
Cordner
Matt
Gillett
Josh
McGuire
Wade
Graham
Jordan
McLean
Reagan
Campbell-Gillard
Tyson
Frizell

Bench

Gareth
Widdop
Jermaine
McGillvary
Kallum
Watkins
John
Bateman
Ryan
Hall
Kevin
Brown
Luke
Gale
Chris
Hill
James
Roby
James
Graham
Ben
Currie
Elliott
Whitehead
Sam
Burgess
Alex
Walmsley
Tom
Burgess
Chris
Heighington
Jonny
Lomax
Pos   Player Tries Goals D Goals
1 Billy Slater - - -
2 Dane Gagai - - -
3 Will Chambers - - -
4 Josh Dugan - - -
5 Valentine Holmes - - -
6 Michael Morgan - - -
7 Cooper Cronk - - -
8 Aaron Woods - - -
9 Cameron Smith - 1 -
10 David Klemmer - - -
11 Boyd Cordner 1 - -
12 Matt Gillett - - -
13 Josh McGuire - - -
14 Wade Graham - - -
15 Jordan McLean - - -
16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard - - -
17 Tyson Frizell - - -
Pos   Player Tries Goals D Goals
1 Gareth Widdop - - -
2 Jermaine McGillvary - - -
3 Kallum Watkins - - -
4 John Bateman - - -
5 Ryan Hall - - -
6 Kevin Brown - - -
7 Luke Gale - - -
8 Chris Hill - - -
9 James Roby - - -
10 James Graham - - -
11 Ben Currie - - -
12 Elliott Whitehead - - -
13 Sam Burgess - - -
14 Alex Walmsley - - -
15 Tom Burgess - - -
16 Chris Heighington - - -
17 Jonny Lomax - - -