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Mal Meninga: ‘We excelled tonight’

22 Oct 22, 10:16AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Kangaroos boss Mal Meninga has praised the execution and ball control of his players after they belted Scotland 84-0 in the World Cup.

Australia put on a clinic in Coventry, racking up 15 tries against the helpless Scots in their second tournament match.

“We knew had some improvement in us, particularly around our executions and we excelled tonight,” Meninga said.

“I’m very happy with the performance. We showed improvement from the Fiji game and we excelled, I was so happy with that performance in defence and attack, there is nothing to criticise them about.

“Our ball control in those conditions, our kick game, our chase game, how hard we worked for each other, it was all great. We kept at it for 80 minutes.

“The attitude and mindset from everyone was really, really good.

“That’s what happens when you’ve got such talented players.

“This is a new team and we are working really hard to create some history but it’s early yet and we aren’t getting too carried away.”

Debutant Nathan Cleary finished with a personal haul of 28 points, while fellow debutant Campbell Graham got a hat-trick and Josh Addo-Carr picked up four tries.

Scotland coach Nathan Graham admitted the gulf in class between the two sides.

“We were playing against the best players in the world,” he said.

“I’d say 75 per cent of our players are part-time and to step up to this standard is a massive, massive ask.

“I thought we competed at times but fitness-level, skill-wise and the monotonous way they play, if you take half a play off or you make an error, you’re punished straight away and that’s what happened tonight.”

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