Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston. Photo: Getty Images
AUSTRALIA PLAYER RATINGS
Fullback: Billy Slater - Scored twice, outstanding under the high ball, ended a difficult tour on a high with a superb display. Rating: 8.
Winger: Brett Morris - Scored two tries and was lucky to avoid serious injury with his first when he collided heavily with an advertising board in the ridiculously small end-goal area. Rating: 7.
Centre: Greg Inglis - Quiet by his immaculate high standards but kept the dangerous Dean Whare firmly in check. Rating: 7.
Centre: Jarryd Hayne - Grew as the tournament progressed and impressive again after shaking off a heavy knock to the head early in the game when tackling Simon Mannering. Set up Morris's second try with a huge breakaway run. Rating: 8.
Winger: Darius Boyd - Set up two tries with a wobbly kick and a shaky pass, but always solid in defence and a threat going forward. Rating: 7.
Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston - Simply outstanding and involved in everything. The Kiwis struggled to contain his kicking game as he dictated the pace of the game on his way to becoming the Kangaroos' record points scorer. Rating: 9.
Halfback: Cooper Cronk - Dovetails so well with Queensland teammate Thurston, scored a try with a superb take and only denied a second by a brilliant piece of defending from Issac Luke. Rating: 8.
Prop: Matt Scott- Had a huge opening 20 minutes to put the Kangaroos on the front foot against a massive Kiwi pack. Rating: 8.
Hooker: Cameron Smith - Did little to suggest he's not the finest player in the world. Leads from the front and his imperious kicking game was at times a joy to behold. Rating: 8.
Prop: James Tamou - Strong running game and worked well in defence. Rating: 7.
Second-row: Greg Bird - A big occasion player who outshone Sonny Bill Williams. Rating: 8.
Second-row: Sam Thaiday - Ran hard and played his part in a dominant performance from the Australian pack. Rating: 7.
Lock: Paul Gallen - Put a difficult 2013 behind him to become a World Cup winner with a big-hearted and hard-working performance. Rating: 8.
Andrew Fifita - A few big runs and continued his progression as one of the best props in the NRL. Rating: 7.
Josh Papalii - Did well and will be around the rep scene for a very long time to come. Rating:7.
Daly Cherry-Evans - Didn't get much chance to have a major impact but was steady and controlled when he was involved. Rating: 7.
Corey Parker - No frills, goes about his business in a disciplined manner the perfect player to have off the bench. Rating: 7.
NEW ZEALAND PLAYER RATINGS
Fullback: Kevin Locke - Struggled to impose himself and picked off all to easy under the high ball by the Kangaroos. Rating: 5.
Winger: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - The Sydney Rooster with the dancing feet never really got the chance to show his attacking prowess after limping out of the game in the eigth minute with a leg injury . Rating: 4.
Centre: Dean Whare - Rarely involved, worked hard to make things happen but to no avail having moved to the wing early in the game. Rating: 6.
Centre: Bryson Goodwin - Struggled in defence against the Aussie onslaught after, not a game to remember for the South Sydney man. Rating: 5.
Winger: Manu Vatuvei - Almost scored a try just before halftime but faded as the game went on after a strong start. Rating: 6.
Five-eighth: Kieran Foran - Ran the ball well and never stopped trying to make things happen. The Kiwis' best player. Rating: 7.
Halfback: Shaun Johnson - The semi-final hero failed to hit the heights of Wembley. Scored his side's only points with a first-half penalty. Rating: 6.
Prop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - Failed to dominate against the Aussies' big men but never stopped trying and did his fair share of work in defence. Rating: 6.
Hooker: Issac Luke - Produced a stunning piece of defending to hold up Cooper Cronk to deny him a try. Worked hard around the ruck. Rating 6.
Prop: Jesse Bromwich - Made some early inroads with a blocking run but, like the rest of his team, failed to build on it as the game progressed. Rating: 6.
Second-row: Sonny Bill Williams - Newly-crowed international player of the year couldn't find a way to lift his side. Worked hard but had a rare off-day. Rating: 6.
Second-row: Simon Mannering - Tried to galvanise his side, but the skipper found it difficult to make an impression. Rating: 6.
Lock: Elijah Taylor - Worked hard as always and tackled his heart out to no avail. Rating: 6.
Alex Glenn - Moved to the centres after Tuivasa-Sheck and struggled to stem to green and gold tide on his side of the field. Rating: 5.
Frank-Paul Nuuausala - A few bulldozing runs in the first half and made one delicious offload to Foran but didn't maintain it over the 80 minutes. Rating: 6.
Ben Matulino - A big talent but never really got the chance to show what he can do. Rating: 6.
Sam Kasiano - The Canterbury giant struggled with the pace at times and was outgunned by the Aussie front row. Rating: 5.