It was another one-sided affair at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as the Italian Azzuri bundled USA Hawks out of quarter-final contention by scoring a big 46-0 win in Townsville.
THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE
Italy’s big guns fired against the amateur United States outfit. There was class every time James Tedesco touched the ball. The new Roosters recruit scoring a double in the trouncing. At thirty-five years of age Mark Minichiello starred, showing some excellent offloading skill in sending Josh Mantellato over in the first half. Former Knight Mantellato’s 18 point contribution broke his previous Italian pointscoring record from the 2013 World Cup.
USA NEED A TEAM IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Let’s hope that the proposed New York rugby league side takes off so it can help develop the game over in the States. After showing a lot of promise by making the Quarter-Finals at the 2013 event, the United States national team has gone backwards. Coach Brian McDermott couldn’t have done any more with the team to prepare them for this tournament considering the extreme lack of talent.
RYAN BURROUGHS THE NEXT CULT HERO?
Could United States Ryan Burroughs be the equivalent cult hero of Nathan Ross in the NRL?Burroughs plays for the Toronto Wolfpack in the Rugby League Championship and was one of the better players in a losing side, making over 100 metres and running hard in attack. Let’s hope we see him again if the United States qualify for the next World Cup in 2021.
There was plenty of energy in the game by United States fullback Corey Makelim. He bought the Townsville crowd alight with his gallant chip and chase close to half-time but went one kick too far with his second chip being charged down. It didn’t end there as Makelim continuously tried to catch the Italians out, to no avail. 10 out of 10 for trying though.
ITALY AZZURI 46
Tries: J Tramontana 2, J Tedesco 2, J Mantellato, R Ghietti, P Vaughan, M Cerruto
Goals: J Mantellato 7
UNITED STATES HAWKS 0