23 Nov 2008

Stuart says Kiwis fully deserved win

5:32 pm on 23 November 2008

The Australia rugby league coach Ricky Stuart has paid tribute to the world cup winning New Zealnd side saying they deserve their success after humbling the reigning champions 34-20 in the final last night in Brisbane.

Australia had romped through to the final, amassing an incredible 180-16 points-scoring ledger courtesy of big wins over the Kiwis, England, Papua New Guinea and Fiji in pool play.

But a wayward pass from full-back Billy Slater and a penalty try ruling saw the Kiwis turn a 16-12 halftime deficit into a 14 point win.

Stuart says the Kiwis were simply better than his side in becoming the first team other than Australia, to win the world cup since Great Britain in 1972.