Ferns and Kangaroos win the International Rugby League Downers 9s

19th October 2019, 12:00

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Ferns and Kangaroos win the International Rugby League Downers 9s

Men's Final: Australia 24 beat New Zealand 10

A hat-trick from the player of the tournament Mitchell Moses helped Australia overcome New Zealand 24-10 to claim the inaugural men’s World Cup 9s title.

After a weight of possession, New Zealand crossed first when Reimis Smith athletically touched down in the corner courtesy of a brilliant bat-on by Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Australia briefly hit the front through a converted Moses bonus zone try but Kiwis winger Jamayne Isaako responded straight away with his seventh try of the competition and the ensuing sideline goal.

Moses answers back with bonus zone try

However, the brilliance of Eels halfback Moses put the Kangaroos ahead 13-10 at half-time as he burnt the defence to notch another four-pointer on his home turf.

Kyle Feldt powered over for a try in the second stanza, much to the chagrin of many fans who claimed the Cowboys winger committed a double-movement and planted the ball short.

But Moses, who finished with 20 points, ensured that debate was moot when he backed up a bulldozing David Fifita bust to reach the bonus zone and secure the coveted trophy.

Women's Final: Kiwi Ferns 17 beat Australian Jillaroos 15

New Zealand are the inaugural women’s World Cup 9s champions following a tense 17-15 victory over Australia.

Jillaroos flyer Tiana Penitani opened the scoring with her fifth try of the tournament but New Zealand bettered that as player of the tournament Raecene McGregor stepped through to reach the bonus zone.

Australia fought back to take an 8-7 advantage into half-time after their co-captains combined, Ali Brigginshaw popping a smart offload for Kezie Apps to power over.

 

The Kiwi Ferns scored first after the break via Jules Newman before Corban McGregor gave the advantage to the Jillaroos again with a precious bonus-zone try.

But a dummy-half barge-over from Nita Maynard gave the Kiwi Ferns what turned out to be a winning lead, with goal-kicking proving the difference.