Despite Sam Burgess‘ try giving them an early 8-6 lead, England had no answer to the Aussies in the first half, with tries from Luke Lewis (2), Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Willie Tonga putting them 26-8 in front at half time.
Boss Steve McNamara said: “We came here with the sole intention of winning this competition, but it’s also about making ourselves stronger for the future.
“I certainly think we’ve made some strides forward in this tournament.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand totally outclassed Papua New Guinea on Saturday, running in 14 tries to win 76-12. Junior Sa’u and Sam Perrett both scored hat-tricks, as the Kiwi’s followed up their win over England last week with a similarly commanding performance.