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Manchester: The Kangaroos have won their third straight World Cup with a comfortable 30-10 over Samoa in front of 67,502 fans at Old Trafford.

Australia came to play and were never really troubled by the Samoans who were brave but outclassed in their first ever World Cup final.

There were four different tryscorers for the Kangaroos as James Tedesco led the meters and Isaah Yeo made the most tackles.

Nathan Cleary saved his best performance of the tournament for last, while Latrell Mitchell was fired up.

Read on for Australia’s player ratings from foxsports.com.au.

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1. JAMES TEDESCO – 9

Backed up Josh Addo-Carr well to score the second try of the match and made a try saving tackle on Jarome Luai in the 34th minute. Scored another try in the second half after running a great line inside of Cameron Munster. Saved a 40-20 in the opening minutes but was lucky not to be pinged for having his foot on the line. Finished with 202 meters and eight tackle busts from 20 runs and was named man of the match.

4. VALENTINE HOLMES – 7.5

Made the first break of the game and continued to run hard all night. Finished with 143 meters and six tackle busts from 10 carries.

8. LATRELL MITCHELL – 8

Showed brute strength to barge over for the first try of the match in the 14th minute. “Strong, powerful, unstoppable, Latrell Mitchell has his moment at Old Trafford,” Andrew Voss said on Fox League. Almost scored the third try in the 25th minute but had the ball dislodged at the last second. Got pinged for a sloppy play the ball in the second half and then went for an intercept that allowed Samoa to score in the 62nd minute. Made three errors but had the last laugh by scoring the final try of the night thanks to a cut-pass from Nathan Cleary. Finished with 93 meters and seven tackle busts from eight runs.

10. JACK WIGHTON – 7.5

Took a great 20-meter tap that brought Australia 60 meters up field for their first attacking chance and then went within centimeters of scoring. Ran hard all night and finished with 108 meters from 12 carries.

9. JOSH ADDO-CARR – 8

Set up the second try after making a break through the middle and putting James Tedesco over to score. Saved a certain try when batting down the last pass in the 28th minute and finished with 176 meters and seven tackle busts from 13 runs. Could have gone for a record 13th try at this World Cup but took the team option each time.

7. CAMERON MUNSTER – 7.5

Gave away a strip penalty at the start of the second half but 10 minutes later pulled one off successfully. Threw a beautiful inside ball for James Tedesco to score his second try in the 67th minute. Had two linebreak assists to his name and made 21 tackles.

14. NATHAN CLEARY – 8.5

Threw the pass that led to the first try as Latrell Mitchell took his short ball and barged over.

Set up their fourth try with another nice short ball, this time to Cameron Murray, and then Mitchell again at the death. Finished with three try assists and three linebreak assists while running for 52 meters from seven carries. His best game of the World Cup.

5. JAKE TRBOJEVIC – 7

Took on Joseph Suaalii’s first run from the back field and was equal to the challenge. Worked hard all night, making 15 tackles and running for 58 meters from eight runs.

3. BEN HUNT – 5

Took the sting out of the game for Harry Grant and then came back on for the final 15 minutes but threw an interception that Stephen Crichton scored off. Finished with three errors.

6. REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD – 7

Took some big hit ups in the opening 20 minutes and led the forwards with 129 meters from 13 runs, while also making 11 tackles.

17. ANGUS CRICHTON – 5.5

Got sin binned in the 47th minute over an accidental elbow that knocked out Chanel Harris-Tevita. Should have scored when he came back on but couldn’t contain a grabber from Josh Addo-Carr. Finished with 62 meters from seven runs and made 24 tackles, but also had three errors to his name.

21. LIAM MARTIN – 7.5

Showed plenty of strength to score Australia’s third try after running hard onto a short ball from Harry Grant. “Great work and deception there from Grant, Martin, just the willingness to get over the tryline,” the commentator said. Crunched Taylan May in the second half with a great cover tackle and finished with 75 meters from 11 runs while making 17 tackles.

24. ISAAH YEO – 8

Took on the line well and topped the tackles with 36 to his name. Ran for 75 meters from 11 runs that produced three tackle busts and made no mistakes.

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20. HARRY GRANT – 7.5

Came on and made an immediate impact, darting down the short side to set up Australia’s third try scored by Liam Martin. Made a great cover tackle alongside Martin on Taylan May early in the second half and then another that stopped Joseph Suaalii scoring in the 48th minute. Made 14 tackles and ran for 30 meters from three carries.

11. CAMERON MURRAY – 7.5

Ran a great line to collect a Nathan Cleary short ball and score Australia’s fourth try. Finished with 65 meters and two tackle busts from eight runs. Made 20 tackles.

13. PATRICK CARRIGAN – 7

Knocked on early in the second half coming off his own line but it didn’t lead to points Australia’s defense stood firm. Ran for 66 meters from seven carries and made 13 tackles.

18. TINO FA’ASUAMALEAUI – 7

Limited minutes at the end but didn’t make any mistakes and still ran for 58 meters from six carries.

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