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The Australian Kangaroos proved their might on the weekend with a resounding victory over New Zealand in the blockbuster final of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Australia claimed the win with a strong 32-2 score line, cementing the nation as the worlds number one in front of a record 74,468 strong crowd at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.

Billy Slater and Brett Morris dominated the game both crossing the line twice on Saturday. Cooper Cronk also scored with Jonathon Thurston bagging 7 goals.

The side offered standout performances all round with Corey Parker named man of the match.

New Zealands Shaun Johnson scored the side its only points of the day from a penalty in the first half.

The Newcastle Knights Darius Boyd wore the number 5 jersey and was involved in setting up the foundations of two of Australias dazzling tries.

Australias win reclaimed the trophy from the Kiwis who were the 2008 tournament champions.

The Rugby League World Cup final was the climax of the epic 6-week tournament that saw 28 clashes between 14 nations.

The Newcastle Knights featured an impressive 9 international representatives in the tournament, with the Club's assistant coach, Rick Stone, also contributing as coach for the semi-final qualifying, Fiji side.

The international representative players will now enjoy a well-earned break before joining their teammates for Knights pre-season training in the New Year.