RLWC win - "a dream come true"

Reaction from the post-match media conferences and dressing rooms following Australias Rugby League World Cup win against New Zealand at Old Trafford:


Kangaroos five-eighth and man-of-the-match Johnathan Thurston:


It's a dream come true.


It's been a long six weeks and to win a World Cup with your best mates, it doesn't get any better.


We've been building towards it, to be here on the last weekend, improve each week, and our defence was rock solid. That's what we've built our game on and that what you saw today.


Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens:


This was the best performance of my time (in charge). I'm not going to comment on others.


They have been a great side and have grown old together. The seniority in the team really stood up.


New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney:


I just think Australia's performance was nothing short of outstanding. We just couldn't get ourselves into the contest.


"I thought the pressure they mounted - we were hanging on, last-tackle finishes and they came up with good points. I thought their performance was pretty faultless. They gave us a real lesson.


Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith:


I made the comment on the field that I can't remember the last time I played in such a complete game for an Australian side.


"We have been preparing for this for the last four weeks. We have played simple and tough footy.


I may have told a little white lie in the build-up when I said this didn't mean too much from 2008 ... standing out on the field after the match I think a little bit of the disappointment from 2008 was erased."


Former Cowboy, Great Britain international and BBC commentator Jonathan Davies:


Australia did the simple things and I thought their kicking game was immense.


They got away from their line easily and when the chances came, they took them.


They were fantastic and I haven't seen such a one-sided display for a long, long time.


International player of the year Sonny Bill Williams on Twitter:


Heartbroken. Left nothing in the tank. Gutted I couldn't bring it home for my brothers! Love these guys. Congratulations to the Aussie boys.