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World Cup Final Wrap: Australia Claims Cup Double

The Australian Kangaroos and Jillaroos have won the men’s and women’s 2021 Rugby League World Cups respectively, recording convincing victories over Samoa and New Zealand in the two finals.

Australia vs Samoa: Kangaroos Overcome Passionate Samoa to Claim Cup Treble

The Australian Kangaroos secured their third-straight Rugby League World Cup victory with an impressive 30-10 triumph over To’a Samoa at Old Trafford, much thanks to Captain James Tedesco.

2021 RLWC Final Highlights: Australia vs Samoa

Tedesco led his nation with a phenomenal Player of the Match performance, running for over 230 metres and breaking seven tackles. The Kangaroos skipper also scored a double, which included him getting on the end of a spectacular team play as he streamed onto an inside pass to cross the line untouched.

Opposing his teammate was Joseph Suaali'i, who became the youngest ever player to feature in a World Cup Final at just 19 years and 110 days old. He injected himself into the Samoan attack, running for 135 metres and breaking five tackles as well as helping to distribute the ball to create scoring chances.

Tedesco's World Cup Final Double

Second rower Angus Crichton ran hard with the ball for the Kangaroos, tallying up almost 80 metres from nine runs and breaking four tackles along the way. He was just as strong in defence, making 27 tackles in his 70 minutes on the field.

Australia vs New Zealand: Jillaroos Record Massive Victory to Claim Third-Straight World Cup

The Australian Jillaroos have equalled New Zealand’s record of three Women’s Rugby League World Cup trophies with a convincing 54-4 win over the Kiwi Ferns.

Co-Captain Samantha Bremner had yet another strong performance at fullback for Australia, racking up nearly 130 metres in her complete 80-minute performance.

Kelly Doubles Down in Another World Cup Final

Strike centre Jessica Sergis drew first blood for the green and gold, charging onto a short ball and carrying two defenders across the try line as she planted the ball down.

Sergis went on to secure herself a double, as well as posting up impressive numbers with 129 run metres, nine tackle breaks and fifteen tackles with only one miss.

Sergis Gets a Double in World Cup Final

Alongside her in the centres was Isabelle Kelly, who was just as impressive with 176 metres, eight tackle busts, two offloads and three line breaks to her name. 

The Roosters NRLW Captain also scored a brace and delivered an incredible try assist which saw her catch a chip-kick 20 metres from the Ferns’ try-line before beating a defender and throwing the final pass to complete a memorable four-pointer. 

International Rugby League Golden Boot winner and Dally M Medallist Raecene McGregor fought hard for her side as she ran the ball a whopping fourteen times. She also made an impressive 381 metres off the boot, as well as contributing nineteen tackles in defence.

Bremner Lifts the 2021 RLWC Trophy

Front rower Mya Hill-Moana brought plenty of energy onto the field as she put up 36 metres from five hit ups and seventeen tackles, including a huge hit that drew a loud reaction from the crowd.

Also packing a punch in the New Zealand forward pack was 19-year-old Otesa Pule, who ran for almost 50 metres with 30 coming after contact and contributed sixteen tackles in defence.

The Jillaroos’ victory marks Australia’s third-straight Women’s Rugby League World Cup Triumph, with Bremner proudly hoisting the trophy aloft at fulltime.

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