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Slater injured as Australia beat US 62-0

A potentially tournament-ending knee injury to fullback Billy Slater marred a twelve-try romp as Australia thrashed the United States 62-0 in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup quarter-final.
Slater injured as Australia beat US 62-0
by AAP

By Liam FitzGibbon

WREXHAM, Wales, Nov 16 AAP - A potentially tournament-ending knee injury to fullback Billy Slater marred a twelve-try romp as Australia thrashed the United States 62-0 in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup quarter-final.

Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne scored four tries each, matching the record for an Australian in a Test match, as the Tomahawks' World Cup fairytale came to a brutal end in front of 5762 fans in Wrexham, Wales.

The win set up a semi-final showdown with either Samoa or Fiji at Wembley next week but the tournament favourites' title hopes may have suffered a significant blow with Slater's injury.

The Melbourne Storm star's week from hell continued as he was carried off the field just after halftime with what looked a serious knee injury.

Slater hurt his left knee after fielding a bomb and copping a heavy shot from US forward Roman Hifo and it is the same knee he injured in last year's State of Origin series.

It came on the back of a dramatic week for Slater, who was arrested but released without charge after being involved in a nightclub fight in Manchester early on Monday morning.

Australia at least have no shortage of fullbacks if Slater is ruled out with Greg Inglis and Hayne at their devastating best playing in the centres on Saturday.

Along with his four tries, Hayne set up several others to justify his surprise selection ahead of specialist centres Brent Tate, Josh Morris and Michael Jennings while Inglis had a double.

Hayne played a crucial role as Morris bagged four tries in the space of 18 minutes to help Australia to a 38-0 lead at the break.

The St George Illawarra winger became the eighth Australian to score four tries in a Test match before Hayne became the ninth.

Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk also scored tries for Australia.

The Tomahawks, who defied their 500-1 tournament odds to reach the last eight, tried hard but the Kangaroos did not concede a try for the third straight match.

The US were on the back foot right from the opening whistle as Smith's kick-off bounced off the crossbar and into Australia's possession.

Johnathan Thurston had an off first half with the boot but recovered to convert seven of Australia's 12 tries.

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