Inglis shines as Australia ease past Kiwis


Greg Inglis scored a try in each half as Australia warmed up for the Four Nations with a 26-6 victory over New Zealand in Perth on Saturday.

The Kangaroos outscored the Kiwis by five tries to one at nib Stadium to claim a second successive win over their trans-Tasman rivals, sending out a statement ahead of the upcoming Four Nations in England - which starts at the end of this month.

Darius Boyd set the world champions on their way seven minutes in, darting over in the corner after Australia had worked the ball sharply from left to right soon after Jared Waerea-Hargreaves had sent Johnathan Thurston to the deck with a high tackle.

Thurston failed to convert and was also off target from the tee after Inglis showed great awareness to touch down at the end of a slick move, reacting quickly after a Valentine Holmes kick struck Jordan Kahu on the head and fell kindly for him.

New Zealand responded well to a slow start and were rewarded when Kevin Proctor burst through a gap to get them on the board and Issac Luke added the extras to reduce the deficit to 8-6 at the break.

Australia took charge following the interval, with Holmes putting on the after-burners to score a debut try in the corner before the impressive Inglis took his tally of Test tries to 30 by pouncing on a grubber kick from captain Cameron Smith.

Boyd Cordner added another four-pointer late on, with Thurston successful from the tee for a third time, as Australia sealed a comfortable win to leave new Kiwis head coach David Kidwell with plenty to ponder.