Australia v Scotland, match report, Kangaroos, Nathan Cleary debut, updates, highlights, stats, Josh Addo-Carr, Fox League, Matt Burton, Campbell Graham, Isaah Yeo

Nathan Cleary’s highly anticipated debut for the Kangaroos lived up to the billing, but it was Josh Addo-Carr who stole the show against Scotland.

Addo-Carr scored four tries in the 84-0 win and the winger saved his best for last with an incredible 79th-minute finish.

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Cleary put up three tries and scored one to finish with 28 points to his name at Coventry on Saturday morning AEDT.

The win marked Australia’s second-biggest win in Test history and 14th in a row at the World Cup – equaling their own record – and secured their place in the quarter-finals.

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Addo-Carr crossed for the first try of the game in the sixth minute after picking up a nice cut ball from Cleary and diving into the corner.

“Josh Addo-Carr, the fastest man in the NRL scores another fantastic try,” said Ian Henderson on Fox League.

“Penrith Panthers NRL superstar Nathan Cleary’s pass selection, he passes the pass over the top after seeing Scotland are short.”

Australia’s Josh Addo-Carr scores his fourth try. GettySource: Getty Images

Cleary also set up the second down with a nice short ball for Jack Wighton to smash in the 10th minute.

“Jack runs a great line and gets on the inside shoulder of the Scottish defender,” Fox League commentators said.

Then it was Cleary’s boot that led to an Angus Crichton try after Scotland failed to defuse a bomb.

Wighton then became Graham’s provider who beat three defenders and blasted his way through in the 20th minute.

Cleary then scored one of his own after he escaped the half-dummy and fought his way through the defense to crash under the posts.

Addo-Carr got his brace after going 60 yards to score thanks to some quick hands from Matt Burton.

Debutant Liam Martin then made a clean break and found Wighton on the inside to make it 40-0 at halftime.

The Kangaroos picked up where they left off in the second half with tries from James Tedesco and Ben Hunt within the first four minutes.

Addo-Carr then crossed for his hat-trick and Graham followed suit with a hat-trick in the 73rd.

Burton was soon in on the action and Isaah Yeo also got in on the action with second-half tries.

But Addo-Carr had the last laugh when Burton kept the ball alive and the winger kicked forward before showing incredible speed to score in the corner with centimeters to spare.

“It happened so fast, I just pulled it out of the hat I guess, yeah that was good,” Addo-Carr said on Fox League.

“When everyone is doing their job it makes mine a lot easier, all I have to do is grab the ball and run fast.

“I love putting on this jersey and representing my family and the country we all love.”


Amanda J. Marsh