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Moylan shines as Kangaroos slay Scots

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 Ian McCullough

He may not get to play another match on tour but Matt Moylan gave Australian coach Mal Meninga food for thought about his long-term options at fullback.

The Penrith star was outstanding in the 54-12 Four Nations win over Scotland at Hull KR's, KC Lightstream Stadium, laying on four of his side's 10 tries and winning the man-of -the-match award in addition to player's player from his teammates.

However, with Darius Boyd certain to retain the No.1 jersey for next week's clash against New Zealand, Moylan may find himself on the sidelines for the remainder of the tournament,

"He was exceptionally good," Meninga said after the tournament opener.

"Right from the start his touches were excellent, and when the players on the field think he was the best player that is a great accolade for him."

"He's certainly a player of the future. That is the beauty of this squad is that it's 24 deep all great players and that is our job to pick the best side and it's nice to have that problem."

Moylan said he desperately hoped to have done enough to earn a place in the 17 to face the Kiwis and hoped his versatility may work in his favour.

"I don't think it could have gone any better," Moylan said.

"I just had to come in and do my best ... it's up to Mal and the coaching staff now, I just have to work hard in training and see what happens.

"When it comes to playing for Australia I'll play anywhere."

Meninga hinted that Josh Mansour had cemented his spot on the wing for the clash with the Kiwis in Coventry with two first-half tries from the Penrith winger.

"He went good as well," Meninga said.

"I am not too sure how many metres he would have run, but that was his first game in about six weeks and he can only get better with more game time and he'll probably play against New Zealand as well."

In addition to Moylan there were also strong debuts from James Maloney and young Manly back-rower Jake Trbojevic who both scored tries.

Maloney also kicked seven goals in what could turn out to be his one and only appearance in a green and gold jersey with Johnathan Thurston returning next weekend.

Trbojevic scored the final try of the night, capping off a strong performance by the talented 22-year-old who parents flew to Hull from Sydney just in time to see him make his first international appearance.

"It was a special night the being there, growing up as a kid you want to play first grade and for the Kangaroos," Trbojevic said.

"The try was a bit of a fluke, I don't get many, that's more what my brother does. But it capped off a great day."

The only downside on an evening of positives for Meninga was a head injury to Josh Dugan in the second half that forced him from the field.

Dugan, who ran in a superb solo try from 50 metres just after halftime, clashed heads with Scotland's Luke Douglas.

The St George Illawarra and NSW star had to be escorted from the field by two trainers but Meninga said he didn't think the injury was too serious.

"He didn't lose consciousness, he just got a bit woozy with it all, a bit giddy, but he's OK." he said.

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