Josh Addo-Carr scored a debut try as Australia capitalised on a poor New Zealand display to secure an emphatic 26-4 Oceania Cup win at WIN Stadium.
The Kangaroos were hungry for revenge in Wollongong on Friday after losing to their Trans-Tasman rivals last October and scored two tries in each half to seal a comfortably victory.
Addo-Carr and Tyson Frizell crossed in the first half, with the impressive Damien Cook adding a third before laying one on for James Tedesco in a clinical showing from Mal Meninga’s men.
New Zealand made far too many errors eight days before the first Test against the Great Britain Lions, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad’s first-half try all they could conjure up.
World champions Australia will be expected to lift the Oceania Cup by beating Tonga at Eden Park on November 2.
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Latrell Mitchell put Australia in front with a penalty eight minutes in and laid on the opening try for Addo-Carr after JakeTrbojevic had a score ruled out for a knock-on.
Winger Addo-Carr sprinted away to go under the posts midway through the first half after Mitchell intercepted a pass from an out-of-sorts Shaun Johnson deep in his own half.
Frizell powered his way over to increase Australia’s advantage, but the Kiwis posed a threat in the first half and Nicoll-Klokstad darted between Jack Wighton and Nick Cotric at the other end to reduce the deficit to 12-4 at the break.
Michael Maguire’s side did not do themselves any favours after the interval, though, and the rapid Cook scooted away for a breakaway try after Adam Blair coughed the ball up with New Zealand on the attack.
Cook turned provider just five minutes later, putting a try on a plate for the onrushing Tedesco after the livewire hooker showed more nimble footwork.
Mitchell successfully converted for a third time and Daly Cherry-Evans rounded off the scoring with a late penalty on a miserable evening for New Zealand.