Aussie boys break records
By BEN HARRIS
Australia’s record in the men’s open at Touch World Cup is a dominant one. Much like their performance in Sunday’s final of the 2015 event.
The boys in the gold and green put on a masterclass for their home fans to make it a phenomenal day for Australia.
Australia won eight of the nine divisions at the 2015 Touch World Cup.
None was probably more domineering than the men’s open victory.
Australia defeated New Zealand in the final 11-2 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium – the highest winning margin in the history of the men’s open division at the Touch World Cup.
It took Steve Roberts’ men five minutes to stamp their authority on the match as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
They maintained that advantage for the entire match.
Peter Norman had a hand in nearly everything.
He scored four touchdowns, set-up several more and also found himself in trouble with the referees following an altercation with the Kiwis.
Australia captain Steve Roberts said the win was a huge one for his team.
“It was on the back of a solid defence. To hold an outfit like that to two tries; we were always going to score tries, we have too much strike power across the park. Defence was the key and it certainly delivered for us,” Roberts said.
Norman was instrumental, Stuart Brierty was solid and Jonathan Palau was at his high-flying best.
But Roberts couldn’t pick an individual out.
“Everyone did their role. Tony Trad, our coach, ticks all the boxes and he makes sure everyone knows their role in the team. Everyone did it and we got the result,” Roberts said.
“We are a quality outfit and I don’t want to take anything away from that.”
New Zealand captain Mita Graham said his team came up against a better side.
“Sometimes you have to take off your hat to a better team,” the dejected Kiwi skipper said.
“Steve and the boys played outstanding. Their attack was sharp and their defence was even sharper. Full congrats to them.
“I’m still proud of my boys. We can hold our heads up high.”
Australia started in fifth gear and never let up.
The match was good as over by half-time when Australia was up 6-1.
Twenty seconds into the second half, the home nation had their seventh.
New Zealand’s Ruamai Erueti scored a few minutes later to give his side a glimmer of hope.
But that hope was soon dashed when Norman scored his third and it was followed on by Scott Buckley’s second.
You knew it was Australia’s night when Dylan Hennessey’s tap-on found the hands of Matthew Prowse who strolled over the line.
Norman put icing on the cake with his fourth touchdown
In the bronze medal match, Papua New Guinea defeated South Africa 8-7 in a highly-entertaining match.
AUSTRALIA 11 (Peter Norman 4, Jonathan Palau 2, Scott Buckley 2, Matthew Prowse 2, Robert Nakhla touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 2 (Michael Cavanagh, Ruamai Erueti touchdowns).
Player of the final: Stuart Brierty (Australia).
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