Lachlan Jeffery reviews Australia’s quarter final victory over Lebanon
Tries: Josh Addo-Carr 5 (4, 15, 18, 43, 58), Cameron Murray 2 (29, 32), Latrell Mitchell (23), Liam Martin (68)
Goals: Nathan Cleary 6 (16, 30, 33, 45, 59, 69)
Tries: Josh Mansour (51)
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Five tries by Josh Addo-Carr has seen Australia thump Lebanon 48-4 in the first Rugby League World Cup quarter final at John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.
The Kangaroos got off to the perfect start with Addo-Carr scoring after just four minutes.
The Cedars looked up for the fight after the early setback, until James Tedesco sliced through in the 15th minute to set up Addo-Carr’s second.
Three minutes later, Addo-Carr had his hat trick, before being followed over in the left-hand corner shortly after by Latrell Mitchell.
Cameron Murray added two tries in three minutes not long after as Australia strolled to a 30-0 lead at half-time.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first as Addo-Carr picked up his fourth of the night just three minutes after the resumption.
With Tedesco off the field as a precaution, Australia’s handling began to let them down and allowed Lebanon a chance to get on the board through Josh Mansour.
A deft kick by Cameron Munster off the back of some second phase play then led to Addo-Carr scoring his fifth try of the match.
With 12 minutes remaining, Liam Martin put the cherry on top when he muscled his way over, before Lindsay Collins thought he had one of his own, only to be denied due to a double movement.
Australia will advance to the semi-final next weekend where they will face the winner of New Zealand vs Fiji.
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