Defending champions Australia score 15 tries in reckless strike against Scotland

Australia have ominously opened the second round of matches of the 2021 World Cup with a merciless 84-0 win over Scotland in Coventry.

The Kangaroos showed their ruthless streak against their superior opponents, running in 15 tries without a response, four of them from fast winger Josh Addo-Carr, in front of a crowd of 10,276 at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

To add to the Bravehearts’ misery, winger Campbell Graham, who was set to play for them before the Kangaroos came, scored a hat-trick on his debut.

Scotland, with just four Super League players and the NRL’s Euan Aitken, simply couldn’t match the superior pace and skill of their star-studded opponents, who even the persistent rain couldn’t resist.

After beating Fiji 42-8, Australia picked up Penrith’s Grand Final winner Nathan Cleary, who scored 28 points on a try and 12 goals on his debut, while forward Isaah Yeo and center Matt Burton also lost in their first appearances hit .

Scotland, who lost 28-4 to Italy in their opening game, were in for a tough night from the start when half-back Bailey Hayward conceded a missed goal after kick-off by stepping over the dead-ball line.

It was typical of the school blunder that Australia, the champions, were quick to punish.

There was an early release when Cleary failed to land Harry Grant’s grubber kick, but his floating pass down the wing after five minutes allowed Addo-Carr to open the scoring.

Center Jack Wighton then sliced ​​through the razor-thin defense and second rower Angus Crichton pounced on Scottish winger Lachlan Walmsley’s failure to deal with Cleary’s high ball.

Graham opened his account but Cleary was never far from the action as the Scots struggled to get out of their own half. The Penrith star showed deft footwork to score the next try from dummy half before Addo-Carr pounced on a dropped Scotland pass to run from the half to his second.

Wighton also snagged a second try before half-time as the Kangaroos led 40-0 and the break offered only a brief respite as the Scottish defense broke three more times within the opening eight minutes of the second half.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt got his captain James Tedesco past for a try before ending a break from Cameron Munster and Addo-Carr went straight over from a scrum to complete his hat-trick.

Coach Mal Meninga could afford to knock out Tedesco four minutes into the second half while Valentine Holmes took over at full-back and the one-way traffic continued as Graham called for a second try and completed his hat-trick.

Burton scored on the overlap and Yeo intervened before Addo-Carr won the race with his own kick for his fourth try after Burton miraculously kept the ball in play.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/nathan-cleary-scotland-scots-australia-super-league-b2208156.html Defending champions Australia score 15 tries in reckless strike against Scotland

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