Australia and New Zealand both recorded wins, albeit in contrasting fashion, in the opening week of the 2016 Four Nations tournament which kicked off in England.
While Australia raced to a 22-0 lead inside 15 minutes against Scotland, which they would eventually see out in a 54-12 victory, New Zealand were forced to cling on to a Shaun Johnson field goal in the 65th minute to preserve a 17-16 victory over hosts England.
Those wins have the Kangaroos and Kiwis in prime position to qualify for the Final on October 21, with Scotland and England needing to win both their finals game to stay alive.
England will face Scotland on November 6 at 4:30am AEDT, while the Kiwis will be out for redemption against Australia when they meet later that day at 7:00am AEDT.
AUSTRALIA 54 def. SCOTLAND 12
NEW ZEALAND 17 def. ENGLAND 16