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Kangaroos run riot over woeful England

Australia inflicted a record 52-4 defeat on England to become unbackable favourites to carry off their seventh straight rugby league World
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 Cup here on Sunday.

The Kangaroos put the feeble English to the sword, scoring nine tries to one and pulled away with 30 points in the second half after leading 22-4 at halftime.

The Australians, bidding for their 10th World Cup crown overall, have now crushed both their two major title rivals following their 30-6 romp over New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland.  last weekend.

It was a sobering night for England, who crashed to their heaviest World Cup defeat, plunging to new depths after their previous 49-6 lowpoint to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the last tournament eight years ago in England.

The Australians were spearheaded by dazzling Melbourne Storm The Melbourne Storm are a professional rugby league football club based in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne club are currently 100% owned and operated by News Limited.

The club was founded in 1998, in the new competition National Rugby League.
 pair, fullback Billy Slater Billy Slater (born June 18 1983 in Nambour, Queensland) is an Australian rugby league player for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. He has also played for Queensland.  and centre Greg Inglis, who both finished with a hattrick of tries, while backrower Anthony Laffranchi scored a double and winger Joel Monaghan claimed the other.

Scott Prince, who deputised for injured scrum-half Jonathan Thurston, finished with eight goals from 10 attempts.

The Kangaroos looked in a different class to England, particularly in the backline backline

the upper outline of the body's silhouette viewed from the side.
, where skipper Darren Lockyer called the shots at standoff and Inglis and Slater were unstoppable before a 36,000 home-town crowd.

The pair combined for an exhilarating 100-metre try midway through the second half, Inglis collecting an England grubber kick on his own goaline before finding Slater, who turned winger Mark Calderwood inside out in his zig-zig sprint to the try-line.

Such was Australia's dominance that coach Ricky Stuart could afford to give his skipper Lockyer a 23-minute early mark with the Brisbane Bronco bronco: see mustang.  champion immediately putting an ice wrap around his strained biceps as a precaution.

England's best moments were midway through the opening half with St Helens hooker James Roby getting the benefit of the doubt from the video referee for a try under a mass of Australian defenders in the 18th minute.

That was as good as it got with England's dreadful night summed up when fullback Paul Wellens - just minutes from the halftime break - allowed a kick to roll over the dead ball line without a defender in sight.

Unfortunately for Wellens the ball had been touched in flight off Cameron Smith's boot by another Englishman. Laffranchi crashed over from the ensuing drop-out to put Australia well in command at halftime.

The win all but assures the Kangaroos of the top spot heading into the semi-finals, provided there is no monumental upset against Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (păp`ə, –y  in Townsville next Sunday.

England must now regroup re·group  
v. re·grouped, re·group·ing, re·groups
To arrange in a new grouping.

1. To come back together in a tactical formation, as after a dispersal in a retreat.
 for their remaining pool game against New Zealand in Newcastle next Saturday, with both expected to play in the semi-finals.
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Date:Nov 2, 2008
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