Rugby League World Cup: Australia manager Mal Meninga predicts more success for champions

Mal Meninga says it’s “just the beginning” for his Australia team after they won their third straight World Cup title with a 30-10 win over Samoa at Old Trafford.

Latrell Mitchell and captain James Tedesco each scored two tries for the Kangaroos as they maintained their stranglehold on the Paul Barriere Trophy.

Australia have now won the competition 12 times with their latest triumph coming despite not having played an international match for nearly three years leading up to the tournament.

“If you go back to the 1970s, we have a 90% winning record. It’s been a dominating moment for a team from Australia and I think we accept it very well as a group,” said Meninga, who has won several World Cups. as a player and coach.

“The expectation is that we win tournaments, so it’s not a burden for us. We carry it with a lot of humility and respect and we understand that. Our most ardent fans don’t want us to win, but we accept it and move on.” with business

“All these guys are going to be together for the next three, four, five, six years. It’s just the beginning of this team, I can assure you.”

Holding a commanding 14-0 lead, Australia suffered a setback six minutes into the second half, when Angus Crichton’s sin-binning gave Samoa a numerical advantage and appeared to offer a route back into contention.

Meninga pointed to Australia’s reaction, extending their lead courtesy of Cameron Murray’s try during that period, as proof of his team’s superiority.

“We handled it very well and it was our best 10 minutes in the game,” added Meninga.

“Defensively, we were outstanding and we continued to provide each other. That’s the nature of this team. It’s all about defense. We fought really well when Samoa threw everything at us.”

Man of the match Tedesco, who is a two-time Australian NRL player of the year, suggested the Kangaroos’ latest win represents the pinnacle of his career.

“I’m probably at the top [of my achievements] to captain the country in a World Cup,” he said after Australia’s victory in front of a crowd of 67,502 overwhelmingly behind Samoa.

“It’s quite surreal to win the World Cup final at Old Trafford. Not many people can say or do that. It’s been a special period here for six or seven weeks with a special group of guys.”

“I was happy that we could win. I wanted to take us to a World Cup win – that was the goal at the beginning when we came in.”

“We drenched it [the partisan atmosphere] all inside. We didn’t have many fans, but that’s part of the experience.”

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