Result: New Zealand thrash Papua New Guinea

New Zealand score 10 tries to finish the group stages of the Rugby League World Cup with 56-10 win over Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand have scored 10 tries in their final Rugby League World Cup group match to thrash Papua New Guinea 56-10 this evening.

Sonny Bill Williams led the reigning champions to a commanding 40-0 lead at the end of the first half, scoring a hat-trick of tries inside the opening 40 minutes, while setting up another for Frank-Paul Nu'uausala.

Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand scores his third try during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at Headingley Stadium on November 8, 2013© Getty Images

Dion Aiye got Papua New Guinea on the scoreboard early in the second half, before creating a chance for Wellington Albert to add another late on.

Dean Whare and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ensured that New Zealand kept increasing their score, both scoring two tries.

The Kiwis eased off towards the end of the second half, using their replacements to rest players for the quarter-finals, where they will face either Scotland or Italy next Friday.

Huddersfield's Danny Brough scores the opening try against Wigan during their Super League playoff match on September 12, 2013
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