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  • Lockyer, Tate, Smith, Tonga (2), Slater, Cronk, Morris,
    Goals: Smith (5),
42 - 0

Papua New Guinea

  • Gillette Four Nations
  • Group Stage
  • 24th Oct 2010
  • KO 06:00

Kangaroos crush Kumuls

Aussies run in eight tries in opener

Last updated: 24th October 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Kangaroos crush Kumuls

Lockyer: second-half try

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Skipper Darren Lockyer scored his 34th Test try as Australia beat Papua New Guinea 42-0 in Sydney in their Four Nations opener.

With his second-half score, Lockyer overtook Ken Irvine's 42-year Kangaroos' record in his side's eight-try demolition of the Kumuls in persistent rain at Parramatta Stadium.

Winger Irvine had held the Australian try-scoring record with 33 since 1968 until stand-off Lockyer, the most-capped Kangaroos player of all time, crashed over in the 59th minute of a one-sided match.

The Kangaroos ran in eight tries in all. North Queensland Cowboys centre Willie Tonga scored a double, with Billy Slater, Brent Tate, Cooper Cronk, Brett Morris and Cameron Smith also crossing for the hosts.

Melbourne Storm hooker Smith chipped in with five conversions for a personal tally of 14 points.

"We started well but fell away a little bit and there are some things we need to work on next week against the English," said Smith.

Of his personal milestone, Lockyer added: "To break that record is pretty special. I've been privileged I've been able to play for Australia for a long time and along the way I've had some great memories. To chalk up a record is something I'll always be proud of."

Next up for the Kumuls is a trip to Rotorua to face New Zealand on Saturday, while Australia host England in Melbourne on Sunday.

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