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2000 Rugby League World Cup

2000 (2000) Rugby League World Cup  ()
2000 World Cup logo
Number of teams16
Host countries United Kingdom
 Ireland
 France
Winner Australia

Matches played31
Attendance263,921 (8,514 per match)
Top scorerAustralia Mat Rogers (70)
Top try scorerAustralia Wendell Sailor (10)
 < 1995
2008

The 2000 Rugby League World Cup was held during October and November of that year in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Sixteen national teams competed in four groups of four, playing each other once over three weekly rounds before a series of play-offs that culminated in the final between Australia and New Zealand. Tournament favourites Australia defeated New Zealand in the final, claiming their sixth consecutive and ninth total Rugby League World Cup title. Australian winger Wendell Sailor was named player of the tournament.

Summary

Building on the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, it was decided to expand the format further, with the number of teams rising from 10 to 16. As before, an Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event.

The millennium World Cup attracted a record sponsorship of over £1 million from Lincoln Financial Group, who had also sponsored Great Britain's Tests against New Zealand the previous autumn.[1]

The 2000 World Cup was not considered a great success. There were too many mismatches in the early stages, and some of the teams lacked credibility. Notably the inclusion of a side representing New Zealand's M?ori population, Aotearoa M?ori, alongside the full New Zealand team, and a Lebanon side consisting entirely of Australians of Lebanese origin, led to derisory comments in the media.[2] The tournament's organisers also attracted criticism regarding marketing and ticketing. For these reasons crowds at the tournament were low; also torrential rainstorms and the crisis on Britain's railways following the Hatfield rail crash did not help encourage spectators.[]

There were however some positives: the tournament returned a profit of more than £2m despite the small crowds it attracted;[3] the French performed creditably, and attendance for the games held in France was encouraging. The much-derided Lebanon team also proved the catalyst for domestic competition in that country.

On the competition side of things, favourites Australia[4] and New Zealand cut a swathe through the tournament, with several dominant performances setting up an obvious final clash. New Zealand's 49-6 semi-final dispatch of England, coupled with Australia only hitting the lead in their semi-final against Wales with 23 minutes remaining, had New Zealand installed as favourites in some quarters. However, it was Australia who prevailed in a tense, absorbing finale. Australia only led 18-12 with 15 minutes remaining, but a glut of possession saw them finish strongly - scoring four late tries to give the appearance of an easy victory.

Qualifying

Six countries - Lebanon, the United States, Morocco, Canada, Italy and Japan - competed for one available place in the tournament. In the final play-off match the United States lost 62-8 to Lebanon, who were through to their first World Cup.

Teams

The 2000 World Cup tournament features 16 teams:

Venues

The games were played at various venues in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France.

The Twickenham Stadium in London, the home of the English rugby union was the host stadium for the opening ceremony and match featuring hosts England and defending champions Australia.[5]

England London Wales Cardiff France Toulouse England Bolton England Huddersfield
Twickenham Stadium Millennium Stadium Stadium de Toulouse Reebok Stadium McAlpine Stadium
Capacity: 75,000 Capacity: 74,500 Capacity: 37,000 Capacity: 28,723 Capacity: 24,500
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England Reading England Leeds England Watford France Paris Scotland Edinburgh
Madejski Stadium Headingley Vicarage Road Stade Sébastien Charléty Tynecastle Stadium
Capacity: 24,161 Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 21,577 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 17,529
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England St. Helens Northern Ireland Belfast England Gloucester England Widnes France Albi
Knowsley Road Windsor Park Kingsholm Stadium Autoquest Stadium Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Capacity: 17,500 Capacity: 17,000 Capacity: 16,500 Capacity: 13,350 Capacity: 13,058
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England Hull England Gateshead England Castleford Wales Llanelli Wales Wrexham
Craven Park Gateshead International Stadium Wheldon Road Stradey Park Racecourse Ground
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 11,800 Capacity: 11,743 Capacity: 10,800 Capacity: 10,771
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England Hull Scotland Glasgow England Workington France Carcassonne Republic of Ireland Dublin
The Boulevard Firhill Stadium Derwent Park Stade Albert Domec Tolka Park
Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 10,102 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 9,680
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Final Venue

England Manchester
Old Trafford
Capacity: 56,000
Old Trafford.jpg

Group 1

Results

, 28 October
England  2-22  Australia
Pen: Farrell Try: Sailor (2),
Gidley,
MacDougall
Con: Rogers (3/4)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,758
Referee: David Pakieto
Man of the Match: Brett Kimmorley
Key
Matches won by Nepal Starting player
Matches won by Nepal Substitute

This was the first rugby league match to be played at Twickenham Stadium, London's home of rugby union.[6]


, 29 October
Fiji  38-12  Russia
Try: Vunivalu (3),
Tuqiri (2),
Kuraduadua,
Sovatabua
Con: Tuqiri (5/7)
Try: Rullis,
Iliassov
Con: Jiltsov (1/1)
Mitrofanov (1/1)
Craven Park, Hull
Attendance: 2,187[7]
Referee: Russell Smith

Fiji:
1. Lote Tuqiri, 2. Jone Kuraduadua, 3. Waisale Sovatabua, 4. Eparama Navale, 5. Farasiko Tokarei, 6. Semi Tadulala, 7. Stephen Smith
8. Kalaveti Tuiabayaba, 9. Tabua Cakacaka, 10. Freddie Robarts, 11. Etuate Vakatawa, 12. Joe Tamani, 13. Samu Marayawa.
Substitutes: 14. Atunasia Vunivialu, 15. Josefa Lasagavibau, 16. Amani Takayawa, 17. Peceli Vuniyayawa.

Russia:
1. Robert Iliassov, 2. Mikhail Mitrofanov, 3. Donovan, 4. Craig Cygler, 5. Romanov, 6. Olari, 7. Gavriline
8. Ian Rubin, 8. Lysenkov, 10. Robert Campbell, 11. Petr Sokolov, 12. Findlay, 13. Joel Rullis.
Substitutes: Kalachkine, Netchaev, Jiltsov, Postnikov.


1 November 2000
Australia  66-8  Fiji
Try: Rogers (4),
Girdler (2),
Kennedy (2),
Hindmarsh,
Barrett,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Rogers (9/12)
Try: Cakacaka (m),
Tuqiri (m)
Con: ? (0/2)
Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead
Attendance: 4,197[8]
Referee: Robert Connolly

Australians Ben Kennedy, Trent Barrett and Nathan Hindmarsh were selected to make their Kangaroo debuts in this match.

Australia:
1. Darren Lockyer, 2. Mat Rogers, 3. Ryan Girdler, 4. Matt Gidley, 5. Adam MacDougall, 6. Trent Barrett, 7. Andrew Johns, 8. Jason Stevens, 9. Craig Gower, 10. Michael Vella, 11. Ben Kennedy, 12. Nathan Hindmarsh, 13. Brad Fittler.
Substitutes: Scott Hill, Jason Croker, Robbie Kearns, Shane Webcke.
Coach: Chris Anderson

Tries: Rogers 4, Kennedy 2, Barrett, Hindmarsh, MacDougall, Girdler 2, Gidley.
Goals: Rogers 9.

Fiji:
1. Lote Tuqiri, 2. Jone Kuraduadua, 3. Waisale Sovatabua, 4. Navalu, 5. Semi Tadulala, 6. Smith, 7. Naisoro, 8. Tabua Cakacaka, 9. Robarts, 10. Vakatawa, 11. Tamani, 12. Marayawa, 13. Atunasia Vunivialu.
Substitutes: Tokarei, Navugona, Takayawa, Wawavamia.


1 November 2000
England  76-4  Russia
Try: Sinfield (3),
Jamie Peacock (2),
Long (2),
Rowley (2),
Walker,
Stephenson,
Hay,
Deacon,
Pryce
Con: Farrell (5),
Long (5)
Pen: Mitrofanov (2)
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Attendance: 5,736
Referee: Bill Shrimpton

4 November 2000
England  66-10  Fiji
Try: Jamie Peacock (3),
Wellens (2),
Rogers (2),
Naylor,
Hay,
Radlinski,
Smith,
Farrell
Con: Farrell (9/12)
Try: Tuqiri (m),
Navale (c),
Con: Vunivalu (1/2)

4 November 2000
Australia  110-4  Russia
Try: Sailor (4),
Girdler (3),
Croker (2),
Hindmarsh (2),
Barrett (2),
Johns,
Tallis,
Fletcher,
Webcke,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Girdler (17/19)
Try: Donovan
Con: Mitrofanov (0/1)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 3,044
Referee: Stuart Cummings

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Australia 3 3 0 0 198 14 +184 6
 England 3 2 0 1 144 36 +108 4
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 144 -88 2
 Russia 3 0 0 3 20 224 -204 0

Group 2

Results

, 29 October
New Zealand  64-0  Lebanon
Try: Jones (2),
Carroll (2),
Vainikolo (2),
Talau (2),
Barnett (2),
Swain,
Jellick
Con: Jones (6),
Paul (2)
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 2,496[9]
Referee: Bill Harrigan

New Zealand:
1. Richie Barnett (c), 2. Leslie Vainikolo, 3. Tonie Carroll, 4. Willie Talau, 5. Brian Jellick, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Stacey Jones
8. Smith, 9. Swain, 10. Pongia, 11. Logan Swann, 12. Kearney, 13. Ruben Wiki.
Substitutes: Joe Vagana, Robbie Paul, Rua, Cayless.
Coach:Frank Endacott

Lebanon:
1. Hazem El Masri (c), 2. Najarrin, 3. Katrib, 4. Touma, 5. H. Saleh, 6. Stanton, 7. Coorey
8. Maroon, 9. Semrani, 10. Elamad, 11. Chamoun, 12. Khoury, 13. Lichaa.
Substitutes: Salem, Nohra, Tamer, S. El Masri.


, 29 October
Wales  38-6  Cook Islands
Try: Tassell (3),
Jenkins,
Briers,
Cunningham
Con: Harris (6/6)
Pen.: Harris (1/1)
Try: Temata
Con: Piakura (1/1)
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,016[10]
Referee: Thierry Alibert

Wales:
1. Paul Atcheson, 2. Paul Sterling, 3. Jason Critchley, 4. Kris Tassell, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Iestyn Harris (c), 7. Lee Briers
8. Anthony Farrell, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Dave Whittle, 11. Justin Morgan, 12. Mick Jenkins, 13. Dean Busby.
Substitutes: Ian Watson, Wes Davies, Paul Highton, Garreth Carvell.

Cook Islands:
1. Richard Piakura, 2. Tongia, 3. Steve Berryman, 4. Kevin Iro (c), 5. Karl Temata, 6. Bowen, 7. Joe
8. Tuakuru, 9. Clark, 10. Temu, 11. Kuru, 12. Pau, 13. Anthony Samuels.
Substitutes: Andersson, Lewis, Tere Glassie, Cook.


2 November 2000
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 3,982
Referee: Tim Mander

2 November 2000
Wales  24-22  Lebanon
Try: Harris (2),
Davies,
Cunningham,
Sterling
Con: Harris (2/5)
Try: Saleh (2),
Coorey
El Masri
Con: El Masri (3/4)
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 1,497
Referee: David Pakieto

5 November 2000
Cook Islands  22-22  Lebanon
Try: Berryman (2),
Toa,
Joe
Con: Berryman (2)
Piakura
Try: El Masri (2),
Touma,
Saleh
Con: El Masri (3/4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Bill Shrimpton

5 November 2000
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Russell Smith

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 206 28 +178 6
 Wales 3 2 0 1 80 86 -6 4
 Lebanon 3 0 1 2 44 110 -66 1
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 38 144 -106 1

Group 3

Results

, 28 October
Papua New Guinea  23-20  France
Tries: Bai, Krewanty, Buko, Lam.
Goals: Buko, Wilshere 2.
Drop Goals: Lam.
Tries: Benausse, Dekkiche, Hechiche 2.
Goals: Banquet 2.
Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee: Steve Ganson[11]

France
1. Freddie Banquet, 2. Yancine Dekkiche, 3. Cassin, 4. Dulac, 5. Patrice Benausse, 6. Laurent Frayssinous, 7. Devechi
8. Rachid Hechiche, 9. Wulf, 10. Teixido, 11. Guisset, 12. Tallec, 13. Jampy.
Substitutes: El Khalouki, Carrasco, Sands, Despin.

Papua New Guinea
1. David Buko, 2. John Wiltshere, 3. Aila, 4. Songoro, 5. Marcus Bai, 6. Stanley Gene, 7. Adrian Lam
8. Kahl, 9. Marum, 10. Solbat, 11. Naawi, 12. Mamando, 13. O'Reilly.
Substitutes: mother, Alex Krewanty, Norman, Mondo.

This was the first match of a double-header in Paris for the opening round.


, 28 October
Tonga  66-18  South Africa
Try: Vaikona 5' (c)
D. Mann 7' (c)
Vaikona 20' (c)
Liava'a ?' (m)
Masella ?' (m)
Moala ?' (m)
E. Mann 44' (m)
Vaikona 46' (m)
Lomi 51' (c)
Vaikona 55' (c)
Kaufusi ?' (?)
D. Mann ?' (?)
Mason ?' (?)
Con: Moala (4/9)
Mason (1/1)
Try: Breytenbach 17' (m)
Barnard ?' (c)
Best ?' (c)
Con: ? (0/1)
Bloem (2/2)
Pen: O'Shea (1/1)
Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee: Darren Hopewell[12]

This match formed the second part of the opening round double-header in Paris.

Tonga:
1. Paul Koloi, 2. Fifita Moala, 3. Tevita Vaikona, 4. G. Wolfgramm, 5. Lipina Kaufusi, 6. Howlett, 7. W. Wolfgramm
8. Martin Masella (c), 9. Esau Mann, 10. Talite Liava'a, 11. Willie Mason, 12. Talou, 13. Duane Mann.
Substitutes: David Fisi'iahi, Manu, Nelson Lomi, Kite.

South Africa:
1. Tim O'Shea, 2. Brian Best, 3. Leon Barnard, 4. Johnson, 5. Dames, 6. Conrad Breytenbach, 7. Jamie Bloem
8. Booysen, 9. Skelton, 10. Powell, 11. Rutgerson, 12. De Villiers, 13. Erasmus.
Substitutes: Jennings, Nel, Mulder, Cloete.
Coach: Paul Matete

Before the match a statue honouring French rugby league legend, Puig Aubert was unveiled by the French Rugby League Federation at the stadium.[13]


, 1 November
France  28-8  Tonga
Try: Banquet ?' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Dulac 66' (m)
Garcia ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (4/5)
Pen: Banquet (0/2)
Try: D. Fisi'iahi ?' (m)
P. Fisi'iahi 60' (m)
Con: Moala (0/2)
Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 10,288
Referee: Steve Clark

France:
1. Freddie Banquet, 2. Jean-Marc Garcia, 3. Cassin, 4. Arnaud Dulac, 5. Claude Sirvent, 6. Fabien Devechi, 7. Rinaldi
8. Hechiche, 9. Wulf, 10. Sands, 11. Jerome Guisset, 12. Tallec, 13. Pascal Jampy.
Substitutes: Despin, Carrasco, Sort, Teixido.

Tonga:
1. Paul Koloi, 2. Fifita Moala, 3. Vaikona, 4. David Fisi'iahi, 5. L. Kaufusi, 6. Howlett, 7. Hifo
8. Martin Masella (c), 9. E. Mann, 10. Liava'a, 11. Willie Mason, 21. Kite, 13. D. Mann.
Substitutes: Paul Fisi'iahi, Manu, Nelson Lomi, A. Masella.

Sin Bin: Lomi (25") for flopping.


2 November 2000
Papua New Guinea  16-0  South Africa
Try: Aila 25' (c)
Wilshere 31' (c)
Paiyo 52' (m)
Con: Wilshere (2/3)
Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Attendance: 4,313
Referee: Darren Hopewell

5 November 2000
France  56-6  South Africa
Try: Cassin 8' (c)
Banquet 21' (c)
Cassin 35' (c)
Guisset 38' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy 53' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Tallec ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (9/9)
Pen: Banquet (1/1) 18'
Try: de Villiers ?' (m)
Con: ? (0/1)
Pen: Bloem (1/1) ?'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 7,969
Referee: Steve Clark

6 November 2000
Papua New Guinea  30-22  Tonga
Try: Mondo 19' (c)
Gene 23' (m)
Buko 35' (c)
Karl ?' (m)
Gene ?' (c)
Con: Wiltshere (3/5)
Pen: Wiltshere (2/2) 5', 42'
Try: Moala 10' (c)
Mason 39' (c)
Moala ?' (m)
Vaikona ?' (m)
Con: Moala (2/2)
Pen: Moala (1/1) 7'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 3,666
Referee: Steve Ganson

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 69 42 27 6
 France 3 2 0 1 104 37 67 4
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 96 76 20 2
 South Africa 3 0 0 3 24 138 -114 0

Group 4

Results

The opening match of the World Cup was accompanied by heavy rain. Samoa's Fred Petersen had to be stretchered off the field after suffering a blow to the head while making a tackle 15 minutes into the second half.[14]

, 28 October
Ireland  30-16  Samoa
Tries: Joynt, Ricketson, Eagar, Carney, Prescott.
Goals: Prescott 5
Tries: Leauma, Milford, Betham.
Goals: Geros 2.
Windsor Park, Belfast[15]
Attendance: 3,207
Referee: Tim Mander
Man of the Match: Barrie McDermott[16]

Ireland
1. Steve Prescott, 2. Brian Carney, 3. Michael Withers, 4. Michael Eagar, 5. Forster, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Ryan Sheridan
8. O'Connor, 9. Williams, 10. Barrie McDermott, 11. Chris Joynt, 12. Campion, 13. Luke Ricketson
Substitutes: Bretherton, Lawless, Barnhill, Southern. Coach: Steve O'Neill

Samoa
1. Loa Milford, 2. Brian Leauma, 3. Anthony Swann, 4. Gulavao, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Simon Geros, 7. Willie Swann
8. Puletua, 9. Monty Betham, 10. Seu Seu, 11. Solomona, 12. Fred Petersen, 13. Willie Poching
Substitutes: Tatupu, Kololo, Leafa, Faafili.


29 October 2000
Scotland  16-17  Aotearoa M?ori
Tries: Penny, Maiden, Bell
Goals: Mackay, Crowther
Tries: Toopi 2, Kidwell
Goals: Ngamu 2
Drop Goals: Ngamu
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,008[17]
Referee: Stuart Cummings

Scotland: 1. Lee Penny, 2. Matt Daylight, 3. Graham Mackay, 4. Geoff Bell, 5. Lee Gilmour, 6. Andrew Purcell, 7. Richard Horne
8. Heckenberg, 9. Danny Russell (Captain), 10. Laughton, 11. Scott Logan, 12. Cram, 13. Adrian Vowles.
Substitutes: David Maiden, Matt Crowther, Wayne McDonald, Shaw.
Coach: Shaun McRae

New Zealand M?ori: 1. Clinton Toopi, 2. Manuell, 3. Kohe-Love, 4. David Kidwell, 5. Sean Hoppe, 6. Gene Ngamu, 7. H. Te Rangi
8. Rauhihi, 9. Perenara, 10. Terry Hermansson, 11. Koopu, 12. Tyran Smith, 13. Tawera Nikau.
Substitutes: Martin Moana, Leuluai, Nahi, Reihana.

Sin Bin: McDonald (40). Sin Bin: Nikau (40).


1 November 2000
Ireland  18-6  Scotland
Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 1,782
Referee: Russell Smith

Scotland's loose forward, Adrian Vowles was sent to the sin bin midway through the second half for repeated off-side infringements Ireland:
1. Steve Prescott, 2. Brian Carney, 3. Martyn, 4. Eagar, 5. Herron, 6. Michael Withers, 7. Ryan Sheridan
8. O'Connor, 9. Lawless, 10. McDermott, 11. Joynt, 12. Kevin Campion, 13. Luke Ricketson.
Substitutes: Williams, Mathiou, Barnhill, Bradbury.

Scotland: 1. Danny Arnold, 2. Matt Daylight, 3. Lee Gilmour, 4. Bell, 5. Matt Crowther, 6. Horne, 7. Scott Rhodes
8. Heckenberg, 9. Russell, 10. Laughton, 11. Logan, 12. Cram, 13. Adrian Vowles.
Substitutes: Maiden, Graham, McDonald, Shaw.


1 November 2000
Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Bill Harrigan

4 November 2000
Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 3,164
Referee: Bill Harrigan

5 November 2000
Scotland  12-20  Samoa
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 1,579
Referee: David Pakieto

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Ireland 3 3 0 0 78 38 40 6
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 57 58 -1 4
 Aotearoa M?ori 3 1 0 2 49 67 -18 2
 Scotland 3 0 0 3 34 55 -21 0

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
11 November - Leeds
 
 
 Ireland16
 
18 November - Bolton
 
 England26
 
 England6
 
12 November - Castleford
 
 New Zealand49
 
 New Zealand54
 
25 November - Manchester
 
 France6
 
 New Zealand12
 
11 November - Watford
 
 Australia40
 
 Australia66
 
19 November - Huddersfield
 
 Samoa10
 
 Australia46
 
12 November - Widnes
 
 Wales22
 
 Papua New Guinea8
 
 
 Wales22
 

Quarter-finals

11 November 2000
Australia  66-10  Samoa
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,404
Referee: Stuart Cummings

11 November 2000
England  26-16  Ireland
Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 15,405
Referee: Tim Mander
12 November 2000
The Jungle, Castleford
Attendance: 5,158
Referee: Bill Harrigan

12 November 2000
Auto Quest Stadium, Widnes
Attendance: 5,211
Referee: David Pakieto

Semi-finals

18 November 2000
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 16,032
Referee: Tim Mander

This was the England rugby league team's biggest ever loss.[18] By winning this match, New Zealand had again equaled their record for consecutive victories with five.


19 November 2000
Australia  46-22  Wales
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 8,114
Referee: Russell Smith

Wales became the first team in twelve months to score more than two tries against Australia.[19]

Final

25 November 2000
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Stuart Cummings England
Man of the Match: Wendell Sailor Australian colours.svg
Australia
New Zealand

First half

Australia stepped on the gas from the kick-off, tearing into New Zealand at every opportunity. But the Kiwi defence stood firm, although they almost conceded after 22 minutes. Sailor looked to have scored the first try of the game after a burst down the right wing only for video referee Gerry Kershaw to rule that Stephen Kearney had prevented the Brisbane Broncos player from grounding the ball. The look of disbelief on Sailor's face was there for everyone to see, but he clearly did not let the decision affect his game. Three minutes later, his grubber kick was pounced on by Matt Gidley, who beat Kearney to the touch down. Rogers, assuming the kicking duties in place of the injured Ryan Girdler, landed the conversion to open up a 6-0 lead. New Zealand had few opportunities to go on the offensive, although they finished the first half strongly. But it was the favourites Australia who looked in control and deservedly went into the break in front.

Second half

The start of the second half was held up by the appearance of a male streaker. When play finally got under way, the tackles were just as ferocious as ever, neither side giving an inch. However Australia gained the edge when Brad Fittler split the defence with a pass to Nathan Hindmarsh, who scored from close range, bringing the score to 10-0. Rogers converted to make it 12-0. New Zealand were not about to throw in the towel and hit back almost immediately. Lesley Vainikolo pounced on a loose ball to dive over on 49 minutes, although the decision was again made by the video referee. When Henry Paul landed the conversion, the deficit was back down to six points. Soon after, Australian Halfback, Brett Kimmorley, made a break down the right before feeding the ball inside to fullback Darren Lockyer, who crossed for another try.[21] Rogers' third successful kick made it 18-6 to the defending champions. However, the Kiwis quickly struck back when Tonie Carroll beat several Australian defenders to score. Henry Paul's conversion made it 18-12.

New Zealand then made several crucial errors and Australia were able to capitalise. Sailor grabbed two tries in the space of five minutes to take his tally for the tournament to 10. The first of them came on 63 minutes courtesy of a reverse pass from Gidley. Rogers missed the second of the two quick conversions. Skipper Fittler then breached the New Zealand defence on 73 minutes to score his first try of the final which was converted by Rogers. Substitute Trent Barrett then finished the scoring, with a try that was converted by Rogers.

Try scorers

10
9
6
5
4
3
2
1

References

  1. ^ Hadfield, Dave (20 April 1999). "World Cup to get pounds 1m backing". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 2009.
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