Australia 6-0 England

Saturday 2nd December 2017
KO: 19:00 - Round: Final

6-0 FT

HT: 6 0

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

  • Australia

  • Tries
    Boyd Cordner,

  • Goals
    Cameron Smith,

  • Drop Goals

  • England

  • Tries

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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.

  • 16: GOAL! scored for Australia by Cameron Smith
  • 15: TRY! scored for Australia by Boyd Cordner
  • Key Performers

    Dane Gagai

    Metres 206
    9 9

    Josh Dugan

    Metres 153
    9 9

    Aaron Woods

    Offloads 4
    9 9

    Valentine Holmes

    Metres 197
    9 9

    James Roby

    Tackles 56
    1 1

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Metres 192
    1 1
    Clean Breaks 3

    Ryan Hall

    Metres 153
    1 1

    Kallum Watkins

    Metres 166
    1 1

    Elliott Whitehead

    Tackles 55
    1 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Australia 2
    England 0

    Goals:

    Australia 2
    England 0

    METRES:

    Australia 1673
    England 1483

    CARRIES:

    Australia 207
    England 197

    TACKLES:

    Australia 390
    England 388

    OFFLOADS:

    Australia 7
    England 9

    PENALTIES:

    Australia 7
    England 6

    BREAKS:

    Australia 4
    England 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Boyd Cordner 1 0 38 8 0 2 0 16 115 7.19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyson Frizell 0 0 34 9 5 0 0 5 48 9.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Reagan Campbell-Gillard 0 0 27 5 0 0 0 10 96 9.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Wade Graham 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 7 46 6.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan McLean 0 0 22 2 1 2 0 8 64 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh McGuire 0 0 36 10 3 2 0 13 114 8.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Gillett 0 0 33 3 1 4 1 9 79 8.78 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    David Klemmer 0 0 24 2 1 0 0 9 86 9.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cooper Cronk 0 0 22 2 0 2 10 7 41 5.86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Woods 0 0 23 7 1 0 0 11 100 9.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Cameron Smith 0 0 47 6 0 2 2 9 42 4.67 0 6 1 0 1 0 0 2
    Josh Dugan 0 0 14 3 5 4 0 19 153 8.05 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Valentine Holmes 0 0 2 0 3 2 0 18 197 10.94 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Morgan 0 1 19 1 1 1 1 10 84 8.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Will Chambers 0 0 21 2 6 0 1 14 94 6.71 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Billy Slater 0 0 3 0 1 2 1 17 108 6.35 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Dane Gagai 0 0 7 2 0 7 0 25 206 8.24 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 69 7.67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Heighington 0 0 18 3 1 2 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Burgess 0 0 22 4 3 3 0 13 111 8.54 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 19 4 2 1 0 7 57 8.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Currie 0 0 28 6 6 0 0 7 61 8.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Elliott Whitehead 0 0 55 11 2 1 1 9 58 6.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Burgess 0 0 29 2 3 1 1 12 96 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Gale 0 0 18 2 0 0 5 6 26 4.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Hill 0 0 32 6 0 1 0 11 110 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 0 0 56 7 1 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1
    James Graham 0 0 38 5 5 0 0 14 95 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop 0 0 10 1 2 4 3 15 60 4.00 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 5 0 0 7 0 20 192 9.60 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 26 7 1 5 0 19 166 8.74 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    John Bateman 0 0 11 3 1 1 0 16 113 7.06 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 21 153 7.29 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Kevin Brown 0 0 17 3 3 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

    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