Rugby League Nines World Cup: Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns fall to Australian sides

Josh Addo-Carr and David Fifita have ignited the rugby league's World Cup Nines as Australia beat New Zealand 25-12 on a night full of upsets. 

After Fiji and Tonga were both shocked on Friday, the Kangaroos made sure they had no such woes against the Kiwis at Bankwest Stadium.

Winger Addo-Carr scored both of the Roos' openers, as he scorched the touchline with a 70m run for his first and chased down a Wade Graham kick for his second.

David Fifita also starred as he twice ran through the Kiwis for two of his own second-half tries.

Jamayne Isaako scored both of New Zealand's tries, the beneficiary of a Shaun Johnson cut-out ball for his first and a jinking run from the half for his second.

On the womens side of the draw, the Jillaroos showed why they are the favourites to take out the women's tournmaent after opening their campaign with an emphatic win over New Zealand.

Skipper Ali Brigginshaw was instrumental in the 22-8 victory with three try assists in the first half alone at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.

A fortnight after leading Brisbane to back-to-back premierships, Brigginshaw capped off a near flawless performance with a brilliant individual 'bonus' try.

Meanwhile, Samoa are in the box seat to survive the "group of death" in Pool C after flogging Fiji 32-17 and watching Tonga fall by the wayside.

Drawn with the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga and with only one team set to advance, Samoa were impressive.

Winger Brian To'o scored a double against Fiji, while Penrith teammates Jerome Luai and Moses Leota also crossed in the upset win.

Fiji - who were considered one of the dark horses for the tournament - looked out of sorts.

They failed to make the most of NRL leading try-scorer Maika Sivo on the left wing, waiting until the final minute to get the ball in his hands.

And when they did, he scored instantly by sprinting 70 metres down the touchline.

The result puts Fiji and Tonga in a precarious position heading into Saturday.

The star-studded Tonga were shocked 30-7 by the Cook Islands despite boasting significantly greater NRL experience.

It means the crowd favourites must win both of their games on Saturday by large margins and hope other results go in their favour if they are to reach the finals.

In Pool B, Lebanon were also shock winners, putting aside the drama of their boycotting NRL stars to beat France 12-8 in the first game of the night.

England had no such dramas against Wales in their Pool B match, winning 25-4 with former Warrior Sam Tomkins and incoming Canberra halfback George Williams starring.


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