The Kangaroos were ruthless in a demolition of Scotland and with positions to be won an equally dominant display is expected against Italy.
Australia remarkably laid just 62.5 points against Scotland but covered that in a canter. The Kangaroos were ruthless for the full 80 minutes as the push to be in Australia’s best 17 brought the best out of them.
Italy stunned Scotland in their opener but were poor in a 60-4 loss to Fiji that all but ended their finals chances. That 56-point loss does not bode well for covering 71.5 against the best team in the world.
There is an expectation that both Nathan Cleary and Daly Cherry-Evans will get time at halfback in this game while it would be a surprise to see James Tedesco and Cam Munster play big minutes, if at all.
The Kangaroos, of course, have the talent advantage to win this by 100. They are also supremely motivated so more than happy to lay the monster start with a team of professionals like this.
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The difficult to handle Matt Burton likely plays plenty of five-eighth in this game and after scoring on debut against Scotland will be playing with plenty of confidence.
Liam Martin is an excellent hard-running forward who should find great success against Italy.
Against Scotland, both wingers crossed for hat-tricks. Bad teams get most exposed on the edges. Taulagi did not score against Fiji so will be desperate to get plenty against Italy.