Here’s our review of the Rugby League World Cup’s final round of Group matches.
Check out our Match Reports for the following results
GROUP C: NEW ZEALAND 48 defeated IRELAND 10
GROUP B: AUSTRALIA 66 defeated ITALY 6
GROUP D: TONGA 92 defeated COOK ISLANDS 10
GROUP A: SAMOA 62 defeated FRANCE 4
GROUP D: PNG 36 defeated WALES 0
GROUP A: ENGLAND 94 defeated GREECE 4
An undefeated England have warmed up for the knockout stage by smashing Greece at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
It was close after 20 minutes, with Siteni Taukamo’s try cutting England’s lead to 10-4.
Then England put the foot down, scoring 84 straight points and 17 tries all up.
Dominic Young scored four, Ryan Hall, Andy Ackers, and Tom Burgess scored two each, and Mark Sneyd collected 30 points (a try and 13 goals).
While Greece didn’t look like winning a game, to play in the Rugby League World Cup after the Greek government had recently lifted a ban on playing league was an amazing achievement.Embed from Getty Images
GROUP B: FIJI 30 defeated SCOTLAND 14
Fiji have qualified for the quarter finals after beating Scotland at Kingston Park, Newcastle.
Unlike a lot of the blowouts so far, this was still a contest deep into the second half.
Fiji led 18-8 at half-time, and 24-14 after 50 minutes, until Korbin Sims’ try in the 66th minute sealed the win.
Taniela Sadrugu, Viliame Kikau, Henry Raiwalui, and Maika Sivo scored Fiji’s other tries while Brandon Wakeham kicked five from five.
Lachlan Walmsley, Ben Hellewell, and Bayley Liu scored for Scotland.
It was a spicy game too, with three sin bins (Viliame Kikau, Luke Bain, and Walmsley).Embed from Getty Images
GROUP C: LEBANON 74 defeated JAMAICA 12
Lebanon have warmed up for the quarter finals by smashing Jamaica at Leigh Sports Village Stadium.
Josh Mansour scored a hat-trick as Lebanon ran in 13 tries, while Abbas Miski and Charbel Tasipale scored doubles.
Mitchell Moses (seven) and Adam Doueihi (four) kicked 11 goals from 13 attempts.
It was a historic day for Jamaica – despite the heavy loss – scoring two tries through Mo Agoro and Jordan Andrade.Embed from Getty Images
Australia v Lebanon
England v Papua New Guinea
New Zealand v Fiji
Tonga v Samoa