Well, there might not be too much surprise over the scoreline – and the 46-point margin probably reflects the Kangaroos’ second-half dominance – but the identity of the scorer of four tries cannot have been predicted. Wade Graham was the undoubted star of the show in Canberra, although it’s fair to say that the hosts would have been safe even without his try-scoring exploits.
Brave, valiant, gutsy… it was a also decent overall performance from the French but they simply didn’t have the bulk or skill to trouble the Kangaroos. Their try was a highlight, and will be remembered for some time to come, and for that they can at least something out of the game. They may even test England next weekend, should they be able to recreate some of their better moments tonight.
For Australia though, the quarter-finals beckon, with just next weekend’s game against Lebanon to come in Group A. It’s another game Mal Meninga’s side should comfortably win, and with another week to fine-tune his players, Australia should be even better placed to continue their improvement.
Here’s John Davidson’s full match report from Canberra. But from me for now, it’s goodbye until next time.