Not happy with his performances early in the tournament, Australia star Darius Boyd was delighted to save his best for last in the Four Nations final.
Boyd played a starring role as the Kangaroos hammered trans-Tasman rivals and defending champions New Zealand 34-8 in Sunday's decider at Anfield.
The Brisbane Broncos star was among the try-scorers in Liverpool as Australia reclaimed the number one ranking in rugby league, while he was also nominated for the Golden Boot Award.
Speaking afterwards, Boyd told reporters: "I was really happy. I didn't think I played up to my standards the first few games.
"I was a bit disappointed with that. I had a chat to Mal [Meninga, coach] through the week. I'm just glad I could save my best game in the last one when it really counted.
"It was great to play a rugby league game at Anfield.
"We've underachieved the last few years. We really had a goal to get that trophy back and the number one ranking."