Australia have poured on 45 points in under 40 minutes to dismantle a gallant USA 67-5 in Wellington on Friday.
The win came at a cost though, with regular centres Pat McCabe and Anthony Fainga’a leaving the field through injury. Fainga’a was knocked out cold late on and was stretchered off, while McCabe injured his shoulder early in the match.
Australia burst out of the gate early scoring tries through Horne and Elsom inside the first 12 minutes. Horne’s try was manufactured by the Wallabies two main attacking threats Cooper and Beale. In his own half Cooper took on the line, beating several defenders before passing to Beale, who in turn found Horne to cross over in the right hand corner. Elsom then rounded off a brilliant team try which started after some fine counter-attacking by Beale inside the Wallabies half. The conversion was again wayward and Australia looked to be heading for a ton.
Australia did not have it all their own way on the night even though the score looks to paint that picture. USA had some good periods and Eagles number eight Gagiano scored a well deserved try midway through the first half when he burst off the scrum and bust through the defenders to score their only try.
This was the only speed bump for the Wallabies as they put on tries through Beale and Fainga’a to secure the bonus point and go into the break leading 22-5.
The second half was a one-sided affair, Australia running in seven tries to none in what became a mismatch. Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a second half hat-trick, while Fainga’a was able to score his second before he was taken from the field.
It was a much-needed display by the Australian’s who will finally be able to put the loss to Ireland behind them. While they did not play the perfect game, Deans will be happy with the way his side ruthlessly put the USA “B” team to the sword.
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 3, A Fainga’a 2, Horne, Elsom, Beale, Mitchell, McCabe, Samo
Cons: Cooper 2, Barnes 4