THREE tries from Mitchell Moses has steered Australia, featuring Gerringong's Reuben Garrick, to victory at the inaugural World Cup Nines, defeating New Zealand 24-10 in the final.
Playing on his home ground at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, Moses scored 20 of the Kangaroos' points to finish a stellar first weekend in senior Australian colours.
The Parramatta halfback scored two of his tries in the bonus zone, including Australia's first when he bust through from 25 metres out to dot down under the posts.
Moses finished as player of the tournament, after also being instrumental in the Kangaroos' semi-final win over Samoa earlier on Saturday night.
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David Fifita was also strong for the Kangaroos throughout the weekend, playing a role in Moses' final try on the full-time siren and finishing with a game-high 103 metres and four tackle busts.
It came in arguably the highest quality game of the tournament, with the Kiwis in the match until the dying minutes when they trailed 13-10.
Jamayne Isaako was again one of the Kiwis' best, crossing for the seventh time of the weekend to lead the competition's top try-scorer lists.
But a controversial try to Kangaroos winger Kyle Feldt in the 15th minute sealed it for Australia, although it appeared he may have made a double movement after getting the ball down short of the line.
On their way to the final, Garrick's green and golds defeated New Zealand (25-10), United States (41-11) Papua New Guinea (26-nil) and Samoa (25-8).