2000 Rugby League World Cup

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2000 (2000) World Cup  ()
2000 World Cup logo
Number of teams 16
Host countries  United Kingdom
 Ireland
 France
Winner  Australia (9th title)

Matches played 31
Attendance 263,921 (8,514 per match)
Top scorer Australia Mat Rogers (70)
Top try scorer Australia Wendell Sailor (10)
 < 1995
2008

The 2000 Rugby League World Cup was held during October and November of that year in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Sixteen national teams competed in four groups of four, playing each other once over three weekly rounds before a series of play-offs culminated in the final between Australia and New Zealand. Tournament favourites Australia defeated New Zealand in the final, claiming their sixth consecutive and ninth total World Cup title. Australian winger Wendell Sailor was named player of the tournament.

Summary[edit]

Building on the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, it was decided to expand the format further, with the number of teams rising from 10 to 16. As before, an Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event.

The millennium World Cup attracted a record sponsorship of over £1 million from Lincoln Financial Group, who had also sponsored Great Britain's Tests against New Zealand the previous autumn.[1]

The 2000 World Cup was not considered a great success. There were too many mismatches in the early stages, and some of the teams lacked credibility. Notably the inclusion of a side representing New Zealand's Māori population, Aotearoa Māori, alongside the full New Zealand team, and a Lebanon side consisting entirely of Australians of Lebanese origin, led to derisory comments in the media.[2] The tournament's organisers also attracted criticism regarding marketing and ticketing. For these reasons crowds at the tournament were low; also torrential rainstorms and the crisis on Britain's railways following the Hatfield rail crash did not help encourage spectators.[citation needed]

There were however some positives: the tournament returned a profit of more than £2m despite the small crowds it attracted;[3] the French performed creditably, and attendance for the games held in France was encouraging. The much-derided Lebanon team also proved the catalyst for domestic competition in that country.

On the competition side of things, favourites Australia[4] and New Zealand cut a swathe through the tournament, with several dominant performances setting up an obvious final clash. New Zealand's 49–6 semi-final dispatch of England, coupled with Australia only hitting the lead in their semi-final against Wales with 23 minutes remaining, had New Zealand installed as favourites in some quarters. However, it was Australia who prevailed in a tense, absorbing finale. Australia only led 18–12 with 15 minutes remaining, but a glut of possession saw them finish strongly – scoring four late tries to give the appearance of an easy victory.

Qualifying[edit]

Six countries – Lebanon, the United States, Morocco, Canada, Italy and Japan – competed for one available place in the tournament. In the final play-off match the United States lost 62–8 to Lebanon, who were through to their first World Cup.

Teams[edit]

The 2000 World Cup tournament features 16 teams:

Group 1[edit]

Results[edit]

, 28 October
England  2–22  Australia
Pen: Farrell Try: Sailor (2),
Gidley,
MacDougall
Con: Rogers (3/4)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,758
Referee/s: David Pakieto
Man of the Match: Brett Kimmorley

This was the first rugby league match to be played at Twickenham Stadium, London's home of rugby union.[5]

England:
1. Kris Radlinski, 2. Leon Pryce, 3. Scott Naylor, 4. Keith Senior, 5. Chev Walker, 6. Tony Smith, 7. Sean Long
8. Harvey Howard, 9. Paul Rowley, 10. Stuart Fielden, 11. Adrian Morley, 12. Mike Forshaw, 13. Andy Farrell.
Substitutes: 14. Paul Wellens, 15. Kevin Sinfield, 16. Darren Fleary, 17. Paul Anderson.
Coach: John Kear

Australia:
1. Darren Lockyer, 2. Mat Rogers, 3. Ryan Girdler, 4. Matt Gidley, 5. Wendell Sailor, 6. Brad Fittler, 7. Brett Kimmorley
8. Shane Webcke, 9. Andrew Johns, 10. Robbie Kearns, 11. Gorden Tallis, 12. Bryan Fletcher, 13. Scott Hill.
Substitutes: 14. Adam MacDougall, 15. Jason Croker, 16. Darren Britt, 17. Jason Stevens

, 29 October
Fiji  38–12  Russia
Try: Vunivalu (3),
Tuqiri (2),
Kuraduadua,
Sovatabua
Con: Tuqiri (5/7)
Try: Rullis,
Iliassov
Con: Jiltsov (1/1)
Mitrofanov (1/1)
Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness
Attendance: 2,187[6]
Referee/s: Russell Smith

Fiji:
1. Lote Tuqiri, 2. Jone Kuraduadua, 3. Waisale Sovatabua, 4. Eparama Navale, 5. Farasiko Tokarei, 6. Semi Tadulala, 7. Stephen Smith
8. Kalaveti Tuiabayaba, 9. Tabua Cakacaka, 10. Freddie Robarts, 11. Etuate Vakatawa, 12. Joe Tamani, 13. Samu Marayawa.
Substitutes: 14. Atunaisa Vunivialu, 15. Josefa Lasagavibau, 16. Amani Takayawa, 17. Peceli Vuniyayawa.

Russia:
1. Robert Iliassov, 2. Mikhail Mitrofanov, 3. Donovan, 4. Craig Cygler, 5. Romanov, 6. Olari, 7. Gavriline
8. Ian Rubin, 8. Lysenkov, 10. Robert Campbell, 11. Petr Sokolov, 12. Findlay, 13. Joel Rullis.
Substitutes: Kalachkine, Netchaev, Jiltsov, Postnikov.

1 November 2000
Australia  66–8  Fiji
Try: Rogers (4),
Girdler (2),
Kennedy (2),
Hindmarsh,
Barrett,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Rogers (9/12)
Try: Cakacaka (m),
Tuqiri (m)
Con: ? (0/2)
Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead
Attendance: 4,197[7]
Referee/s: Robert Connolly

Australians Ben Kennedy, Trent Barrett and Nathan Hindmarsh were selected to make their Kangaroo debuts in this match.

Australia:
1. Darren Lockyer, 2. Mat Rogers, 3. Ryan Girdler, 4. Matt Gidley, 5. Adam MacDougall, 6. Trent Barrett, 7. Andrew Johns, 8. Jason Stevens, 9. Craig Gower, 10. Michael Vella, 11. Ben Kennedy, 12. Nathan Hindmarsh, 13. Brad Fittler.
Substitutes: Scott Hill, Jason Croker, Robbie Kearns, Shane Webcke.
Coach: Chris Anderson

Tries: Rogers 4, Kennedy 2, Barrett, Hindmarsh, MacDougall, Girdler 2, Gidley.
Goals: Rogers 9.

Fiji:
1. Lote Tuqiri, 2. Jone Kuraduadua, 3. Waisale Sovatabua, 4. Navalu, 5. Semi Tadulala, 6. Smith, 7. Naisoro, 8. Tabua Cakacaka, 9. Robarts, 10. Vakatawa, 11. Tamani, 12. Marayawa, 13. Vunivalu.
Substitutes: Tokarei, Navugona, Takayawa, Wawavamia.

1 November 2000
England  76–4  Russia
Try: Sinfield (3),
Jamie Peacock (2),
Long (2),
Rowley (2),
Walker,
Stephenson,
Hay,
Deacon,
Pryce
Con: Farrell (5),
Long (5)
Pen: Mitrofanov (2)
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Attendance: 5,736
Referee: Bill Shrimpton
4 November 2000
England  66–10  Fiji
Try: Jamie Peacock (3),
Wellens (2),
Rogers (2),
Naylor,
Hay,
Radlinski,
Smith,
Farrell
Con: Farrell (9/12)
Try: Tuqiri (m),
Navale (c),
Con: Vunivalu (1/2)
Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 10,052
Referee: Thierry Alibert
4 November 2000
Australia  110–4  Russia
Try: Sailor (4),
Girdler (3),
Croker (2),
Hindmarsh (2),
Barrett (2),
Johns,
Tallis,
Fletcher,
Webcke,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Girdler (17/19)
Try: Donovan
Con: ? (0/1)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 3,044
Referee: Stuart Cummings

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Australia 3 3 0 0 198 14 +184 6
 England 3 2 0 1 144 36 +108 4
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 144 −88 2
 Russia 3 0 0 3 20 224 −204 0

Group 2[edit]

Results[edit]

, 29 October
New Zealand  64–0  Lebanon
Try: Jones (2),
Carroll (2),
Vainikolo (2),
Talau (2),
Barnett (2),
Swain,
Jellick
Con: Jones (6),
Paul (2)
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 2,496[8]
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan

New Zealand:
1. Ritchie Barnett (c), 2. Leslie Vainikolo, 3. Tonie Carroll, 4. Willie Talau, 5. Brian Jellick, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Stacey Jones
8. Smith, 9. Swain, 10. Pongia, 11. Logan Swann, 12. Kearney, 13. Ruben Wiki.
Substitutes: Joe Vagana, Robbie Paul, Rua, Cayless.
Coach:Frank Endacott

Lebanon:
1. Hazem El Masri (c), 2. Najarrin, 3. Katrib, 4. Touma, 5. H. Saleh, 6. Stanton, 7. Coorey
8. Maroon, 9. Semrani, 10. Elamad, 11. Chamoun, 12. Khoury, 13. Lichaa.
Substitutes: Salem, Nohra, Tamer, S. El Masri.

, 29 October
Wales  38–6  Cook Islands
Try: Tassell (3),
Jenkins,
Briers,
Cunningham
Con: Harris (6/6)
Pen.: Harris (1/1)
Try: Temata
Con: Piakura (1/1)
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,016[9]
Referee/s: Thierry Alibert

Wales:
1. Paul Atcheson, 2. Paul Sterling, 3. Jason Critchley, 4. Kris Tassell, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Iestyn Harris (c), 7. Lee Briers
8. Anthony Farrell, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Dave Whittle, 11. Justin Morgan, 12. Mick Jenkins, 13. Dean Busby.
Substitutes: Ian Watson, Wes Davies, Paul Highton, Garreth Carvell.

Cook Islands:
1. Richard Piakura, 2. Tongia, 3. Steve Berryman, 4. Kevin Iro (c), 5. Karl Temata, 6. Bowen, 7. Joe
8. Tuakuru, 9. Clark, 10. Temu, 11. Kuru, 12. Pau, 13. Anthony Samuels.
Substitutes: Andersson, Lewis, Tere Glassie, Cook.

2 November 2000
New Zealand  84–10  Cook Islands
Try: Vaealiki (2),
Paul (2),
Barnett (2),
Lavea (2),
Lauitiiti,
Vainikolo,
Wiki,
Cayless,
Pongia,
Vagana,
Puletua
Con: Lavea (12/15)
Try: Noovao
Iro
Con: Piakura (1/2)
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 3,982
Referee: Tim Mander
2 November 2000
Wales  24–22  Lebanon
Try: Harris (2),
Davies,
Cunningham,
Sterling
Con: Harris (2/5)
Try: Saleh (2),
Coorey
El Masri
Con: El Masri (3/4)
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 1,497
Referee: David Pakieto
5 November 2000
Cook Islands  22–22  Lebanon
Try: Berryman (2),
Toa,
Joe
Con: Berryman (2)
Piakura
Try: El Masri (2),
Touma,
Saleh
Con: El Masri (3/4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Bill Shrimpton
5 November 2000
Wales  18–58  New Zealand
Try: Briers,
Atcheson,
Farrell
Con: Harris (3/3)
Try: Vainikolo (3),
Barnett (2),
Lauitiiti,
Wiki,
Vagana,
Paul,
Talau,
Carroll
Con: Paul (5)
Lavea (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Russell Smith

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 206 28 +178 6
 Wales 3 2 0 1 80 86 −6 4
 Lebanon 3 0 1 2 44 110 −66 1
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 38 144 −106 1

Group 3[edit]

Results[edit]

, 28 October
Papua New Guinea  23–20  France
Tries: Bai, Krewanty, Buko, Lam.
Goals: Buko, Wilshere 2.
Drop Goals: Lam.
Tries: Benausse, Dekkiche, Hechiche 2.
Goals: Banquet 2.
Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee/s: Steve Ganson[10]

France
1. Freddie Banquet, 2. Yancine Dekkiche, 3. Cassin, 4. Dulac, 5. Patrice Benausse, 6. Laurent Frayssinous, 7. Devechi
8. Rachid Hechiche, 9. Wulf, 10. Teixido, 11. Guisset, 12. Tallec, 13. Jampy.
Substitutes: El Khalouki, Carrasco, Sands, Despin.

Papua New Guinea
1. David Buko, 2. John Wiltshere, 3. Aila, 4. Songoro, 5. Marcus Bai, 6. Stanley Gene, 7. Adrian Lam
8. Kahl, 9. Marum, 10. Solbat, 11. Naawi, 12. Mamando, 13. O'Reilly.
Substitutes: mother, Alex Krewanty, Norman, Mondo.

This was the first match of a double-header in Paris for the opening round.

, 28 October
Tonga  66–18  South Africa
Try: Vaikona 5' (c)
D. Mann 7' (c)
Vaikona 20' (c)
Liava'a ?' (m)
Masella ?' (m)
Moala ?' (m)
E. Mann 44' (m)
Vaikona 46' (m)
Lomi 51' (c)
Vaikona 55' (c)
Kaufusi ?' (?)
D. Mann ?' (?)
Mason ?' (?)
Con: Moala (4/9)
Mason (1/1)
Try: Breytenbach 17' (m)
Barnard ?' (c)
Best ?' (c)
Con: ? (0/1)
Bloem (2/2)
Pen: O'Shea (1/1)
Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee/s: Darren Hopewell[11]

This match formed the second part of the opening round double-header in Paris.

Tonga:
1. Paul Koloi, 2. Fifita Moala, 3. Tevita Vaikona, 4. G. Wolfgramm, 5. Lipina Kaufusi, 6. Howlett, 7. W. Wolfgramm
8. Martin Masella (c), 9. Esau Mann, 10. Talite Liava'a, 11. Willie Mason, 12. Talou, 13. Duane Mann.
Substitutes: David Fisi'iahi, Manu, Nelson Lomi, Kite.

South Africa:
1. Tim O'Shea, 2. Brian Best, 3. Leon Barnard, 4. Johnson, 5. Dames, 6. Conrad Breytenbach, 7. Jamie Bloem
8. Booysen, 9. Skelton, 10. Powell, 11. Rutgerson, 12. De Villiers, 13. Erasmus.
Substitutes: Jennings, Nel, Mulder, Cloete.
Coach: Paul Matete

Before the match a statue honouring French rugby league legend, Puig Aubert was unveiled by the French Rugby League Federation at the stadium.[12]

, 1 November
France  28–8  Tonga
Try: Banquet ?' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Dulac 66' (m)
Garcia ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (4/5)
Pen: Banquet (0/2)
Try: D. Fisi'iahi ?' (m)
P. Fisi'iahi 60' (m)
Con: Moala (0/2)
Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 10,288
Referee/s: Steve Clark

France:
1. Freddie Banquet, 2. Jean-Marc Garcia, 3. Cassin, 4. Arnaud Dulac, 5. Claude Sirvent, 6. Fabien Devechi, 7. Rinaldi
8. Hechiche, 9. Wulf, 10. Sands, 11. Jerome Guisset, 12. Tallec, 13. Pascal Jampy.
Substitutes: Despin, Carrasco, Sort, Teixido.

Tries: Banquet, Sirvent, Dulac, Garcia, Jampy. Goals: Banquet 4.

Tonga:
1. Paul Koloi, 2. Fifita Moala, 3. Vaikona, 4. David Fisi'iahi, 5. L. Kaufusi, 6. Howlett, 7. Hifo
8. Martin Masella (c), 9. E. Mann, 10. Liava'a, 11. Willie Mason, 21. Kite, 13. D. Mann.
Substitutes: Paul Fisi'iahi, Manu, Nelson Lomi, A. Masella.

Sin Bin: Lomi (25") for flopping.

2 November 2000
Papua New Guinea  16–0  South Africa
Try: Aila 25' (c)
Wilshere 31' (c)
Paiyo 52' (m)
Con: Wilshere (2/3)
Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Attendance: 4,313
Referee: Darren Hopewell
5 November 2000
France  56–6  South Africa
Try: Cassin 8' (c)
Banquet 21' (c)
Cassin 35' (c)
Guisset 38' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy 53' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Tallec ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (9/9)
Pen: Banquet (1/1) 18'
Try: de Villiers ?' (m)
Con: ? (0/1)
Pen: Bloem (1/1) ?'
Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi
Attendance: 7,969
Referee: Steve Clark
6 November 2000
Papua New Guinea  30–22  Tonga
Try: Mondo 19' (c)
Gene 23' (m)
Buko 35' (c)
Karl ?' (m)
Gene ?' (c)
Con: Wiltshere (3/5)
Pen: Wiltshere (2/2) 5', 42'
Try: Moala 10' (c)
Mason 39' (c)
Moala ?' (m)
Vaikona ?' (m)
Con: Moala (2/2)
Pen: Moala (1/1) 7'
Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Perpignan
Attendance: 3,666
Referee: Steve Ganson

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 69 42 27 6
 France 3 2 0 1 104 37 67 4
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 96 76 20 2
 South Africa 3 0 0 3 24 138 −114 0

Group 4[edit]

Results[edit]

the opening match of the World Cup was accompanied by heavy rain. Samoa's Fred Petersen had to be stretchered off the field after suffering a blow to the head while making a tackle 15 minutes into the second half.[13]

, 28 October
Ireland  30–16  Samoa
Tries: Joynt, Ricketson, Eagar, Carney, Prescott.
Goals: Prescott 5
Tries: Leauma, Milford, Betham.
Goals: Geros 2.
Windsor Park, Belfast[14]
Attendance: 3,207
Referee/s: Tim Mander
Man of the Match: Barrie McDermott[15]

Ireland
1. Steve Prescott, 2. Brian Carney, 3. Michael Withers, 4. Michael Eagar, 5. Forster, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Ryan Sheridan
8. O'Connor, 9. Williams, 10. Barrie McDermott, 11. Chris Joynt, 12. Campion, 13. Luke Ricketson
Substitutes: Bretherton, Lawless, Barnhill, Southern. Coach: Steve O'Neill

Samoa
1. Loa Milford, 2. Brian Leauma, 3. Anthony Swann, 4. Gulavao, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Simon Geros, 7. Willie Swann
8. Puletua, 9. Monty Betham, 10. Seu Seu, 11. Solomona, 12. Fred Petersen, 13. Willie Poching
Substitutes: Tatupu, Kololo, Leafa, Faafili.

29 October 2000
Scotland  16–17  Aotearoa Māori
Tries: Penny, Maiden, Bell
Goals: Mackay, Crowther
Tries: Toopi 2, Kidwell
Goals: Ngamu 2
Drop Goals: Ngamu
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,008[16]
Referee/s: Stuart Cummings

Scotland: 1. Lee Penny, 2. Matt Daylight, 3. Graham Mackay, 4. Geoff Bell, 5. Lee Gilmour, 6. Andrew Purcell, 7. Richard Horne
8. Heckenberg, 9. Russell, 10. Laughton, 11. Scott Logan, 12. Cram, 13. Adrian Vowles.
Substitutes: David Maiden, Matt Crowther, Wayne McDonald, Shaw.
Coach: Shaun McRae

Sin Bin: McDonald (40).

New Zealand Maoris: 1. Clinton Toopi, 2. Manuell, 3. Kohe-Love, 4. David Kidwell, 5. Sean Hoppe, 6. Gene Ngamu, 7. H. Te Rangi
8. Rauhihi, 9. Perenara, 10. Terry Hermansson, 11. Koopu, 12. Tyran Smith, 13. Tawera Nikau.
Substitutes: Martin Moana, Leuluai, Nahi, Reihana.

Sin Bin: Nikau (40).

1 November 2000
Ireland  18–6  Scotland
Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 1,782
Referee/s: Russell Smith

Scotland's loose forward, Adrian Vowles was sent to the sin bin mid-way through the second half for repeated off-side infringements Ireland:
1. Steve Prescott, 2. Brian Carney, 3. Martyn, 4. Eagar, 5. Herron, 6. Michael Withers, 7. Ryan Sheridan
8. O'Connor, 9. Lawless, 10. McDermott, 11. Joynt, 12. Kevin Campion, 13. Luke Ricketson.
Substitutes: Williams, Mathiou, Barnhill, Bradbury.

Scotland: 1. Danny Arnold, 2. Matt Daylight, 3. Lee Gilmour, 4. Bell, 5. Matt Crowther, 6. Horne, 7. Scott Rhodes
8. Heckenberg, 9. Russell, 10. Laughton, 11. Logan, 12. Cram, 13. Adrian Vowles.
Substitutes: Maiden, Graham, McDonald, Shaw.

1 November 2000
Samoa  21–16  Aotearoa Māori
Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Bill Harrigan
4 November 2000
Ireland  30–16  Aotearoa Māori
Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 3,164
Referee: Bill Harrigan
5 November 2000
Scotland  12–20  Samoa
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 1,579
Referee: David Pakieto

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Ireland 3 3 0 0 78 38 40 6
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 57 58 −1 4
 Aotearoa Māori 3 1 0 2 49 67 −18 2
 Scotland 3 0 0 3 34 55 −21 0

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 November – Leeds        
  England  26
18 November – Bolton
  Ireland  16  
  New Zealand  49
12 November – Castleford
      England  6  
  New Zealand  54
25 November – Manchester
  France  6  
  New Zealand  12
11 November – Watford    
    Australia  40
  Australia  66
19 November – Huddersfield
  Samoa  10  
  Australia  46
12 November – Widnes
      Wales  22  
  Wales  22
  Papua New Guinea  8  
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

11 November 2000
Australia  66–10  Samoa
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,404
Referee: Stuart Cummings
11 November 2000
England  26–16  Ireland
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 15,405
Referee: Tim Mander
12 November 2000
New Zealand  54–6  France
The Jungle, Castleford
Attendance: 5,158
Referee: Bill Harrigan
12 November 2000
Wales  22–8  Papua New Guinea
Auto Quest Stadium, Widnes
Attendance: 5,211
Referee: David Pakieto

Semi-finals[edit]

18 November 2000
New Zealand  49–6  England
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 16,032
Referee: Tim Mander

This was the England rugby league team's biggest ever loss.[17] By winning this match, New Zealand had again equaled their record for consecutive victories with five.

19 November 2000
Australia  46–22  Wales
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 8,114
Referee: Russell Smith

Wales became the first team in twelve months to score more than two tries against Australia.[18]

Final[edit]

In a re-play of the 1988 World Cup final, Australia faced New Zealand to decide the champions of the 2000 tournament.

25 November 2000
Australia  40–12  New Zealand
Old Trafford, Manchester[19]
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Stuart Cummings
Australia Position New Zealand
Darren Lockyer 1. FB Richie Barnett
Mat Rogers 2. WG Nigel Vagana
Adam MacDougall 3. CE Tonie Carroll
Matt Gidley 4. CE Willie Talau
Wendell Sailor 5. WG Lesley Vainikolo
Brad Fittler (c) 6. FE/SO Henry Paul
Brett Kimmorley 7. HB/SH Stacey Jones
Shane Webcke 8. PR Craig Smith
Andrew Johns 9. HK Richard Swain
Robbie Kearns 10. PR Quentin Pongia
Gorden Tallis 11. SR Matt Rua
Bryan Fletcher 12. SR Stephen Kearney (c)
Scott Hill 13. LF Ruben Wiki
Trent Barrett 14. Bench Robbie Paul
Nathan Hindmarsh 15. Bench Joe Vagana
Darren Britt 16. Bench Nathan Cayless
Jason Stevens 17. Bench Logan Swann
Chris Anderson Coach Frank Endacott

In a high-scoring final at Old Trafford, the Kangaroos overwhelmed the spirited challenge of their Trans-Tasman opponents, who had been tipped by some to cause an upset. Wendell Sailor put in a strong performance with two tries and Mat Rogers had a near-perfect afternoon with the boot as the Australians ran out 40–12 winners and were crowned world champions for a sixth successive time.

Australia stepped on the gas from the kick-off, tearing into New Zealand at every opportunity. But the Kiwi defence stood firm, although they almost conceded after 22 minutes. Sailor looked to have scored the first try of the game after a burst down the right wing only for the video official to rule that Stephen Kearney had prevented the Brisbane Broncos player from grounding the ball. The look of disbelief on Sailor's face was there for everyone to see, but he clearly did not let the decision affect his game. Three minutes later, his grubber kick was pounced on by Matt Gidley, who beat Kearney to the touch down. Rogers, assuming the kicking duties in place of the injured Ryan Girdler, landed the conversion to open up a 6–0 lead. New Zealand had few opportunities to go on the offensive, although they finished the first half strongly. But it was the favourites Australia who looked in control and deservedly went into the break in front.

The start of the second half was held up by the appearance of a male streaker. When play finally got under way, the tackles were just as ferocious as ever, neither side giving an inch. However Australia gained the edge when Brad Fittler split the defence with a pass to Nathan Hindmarsh, who scored from close range, bringing the score to 10–0. Rogers converted to make it 12–0. New Zealand were not about to throw in the towel and hit back almost immediately. Lesley Vainikolo pounced on a loose ball to dive over on 49 minutes, although the decision was again made by the video referee. When Henry Paul landed the conversion, the deficit was back down to six points. Soon after, Australian Halfback, Brett Kimmorley, made a break down the right before feeding the ball inside to fullback Darren Lockyer, who crossed for another try.[20] Rogers' third successful kick made it 18–6 to the defending champions. However, the Kiwis quickly struck back when Tonie Carroll beat several Australian defenders to score. Henry Paul's conversion made it 18–12.

New Zealand then made several crucial errors and Australia were able to capitalise. Sailor grabbed two tries in the space of five minutes to take his tally for the tournament to 10. The first of them came on 63 minutes courtesy of a reverse pass from Gidley. Rogers missed the second of the two quick conversions. Skipper Fittler then breached the New Zealand defence on 73 minutes to score his first try of the final which was converted by Rogers. Substitute Trent Barrett then finished the scoring, with a try that was converted by Rogers.

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