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Steven Lynch December 12, 2013
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Australia conceded only two points in the rugby league World Cup final. Was this the heaviest victory in a final? asked Keith Gerrard

Australia's victory margin over New Zealand at Old Trafford - by 34 points to two - was the largest in any rugby league World Cup final so far (there have been 13 previous tournaments, although some of them didn't feature a final, having a league system instead).

Australia did score more points in the 2000 final - also at Old Trafford - when they beat New Zealand 40-12. And New Zealand also scored 34 points (to Australia's 20) when they won the Cup for the first time at Brisbane in 2008.

In the 1975 final England scored no points at all, losing 25-0 at Headingley to Australia - who they'd beaten 16-13 earlier in the tournament. (That upset win actually led to a final being arranged, after it had not originally been planned to stage one.) And France managed only two points in the 1968 final against Australia (who scored 20) at Sydney.

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