Smith: Good ground helped us take down USA

Australia captain Cameron Smith claims the condition of the pitch in their quarter-final against the USA had a lot to do with the heavy scoreline.

The Kangaroos ran in 12 unanswered tries against the Tomahawks at Wrexham, strolling through to the semi-finals 62-0.

“It’s probably the first time we have played in any decent weather, on a ground which held up well,” said the hooker.

“Both teams struggled in the match against Fiji with footing and Ireland it was wet and pretty sloppy. Today it was a fast track and that helped our boys out wide.”

Right-flank wing and centre partnership Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne set a record by scoring four tries each in the game.

“It was great give those guys sone quality football and we haven’t been able to do that in the past couple of weeks, it’s just been a forwards’ game,” Smith added.