24 Nov 2013

Kangaroos not motivated by revenge for 2008 loss to Kiwis

6:17 pm on 24 November 2013

The Australian rugby league team may have set up a shot at World Cup redemption but the Kangaroos insist their 2008 failure won't be a motivating factor when they face New Zealand in the tournament final next weekend.

A ruthless Australia thumped Fiji 64-0 in their semi-final at Wembley Stadium to book a showdown with the Kiwis at Old Trafford next Sunday - the final most predicted when the tournament began five weeks ago.

It came after the reigning champion Kiwis won a dramatic first semi-final of a double header played in front of 67,545 fans, with Stephen Kearney's men claiming a last-gasp 20-18 win over England in a World Cup classic.

Australia and New Zealand will meet in the final for the third straight tournament, with the Kangaroos looking to avenge their shock loss in the 2008 decider.

But Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith claims that loss will not be a driving force behind the quest to claim a 10th World Cup crown.

Smith says 2008 was a long time ago and they're not going to be using that as motivation, because they have a totally different team and a different coach.