Round 2 Round Up.

Another week of Rugby League goes by and we recap on the weekends games. We saw plenty of tries, a record broken, a moment of controversy and by far the game of the tournament.

France vs Australia: France took a pasting at the hands of Australia, the highlight was a Wade Graham first half hatrick and a runaway try for France's fullback, Mark Kheirallah, that was celebrated like a match a winner. Amongst the scorers for the Aussies were; Graham(4), Munster(2), Dugan, Frizell, Slater and Holmes. This loss pretty much books France's flights back home from what has so far been a disappointing tournament for them. They still have next week to take anything from the World Cup. Final score 52-6 Australia.

New Zealand vs Scotland: New Zealand went out to absolutely destroy Scotland, and that's exactly what they did, putting 74 points on the Bravehearts, to confirm their spot in the quarter finals. New Zealand put in another strong showing with tries from; Martin(3) Hiku(3), Nightingale(2), Packer, Tapine, Bromwich, Johnson, Taylor and Whare in the 14 try drumming of the Scots, Johnson successfully converted 9 times. Scotland did grab a consolation try with 10 minutes to go through Thomas with Addy adding the extras. Final score 74-6 New Zealand.

Tonga vs Samoa: Tonga booked their place in a World Cup quarterfinal for the first time in their history. What a game this was, Sipi Tau vs Siva Tau what a way to open, the noise from the stadium was incredible. Tonga started out best, the intensity, the passion, it was all there. Samoa pushed back but eventually succumbed after 10 minutes to a Michael Jennings try. This really set the tone of the game as from that point on Samoa seemed to be coming out second best on everything. Tonga would go on to grab a total of 5 tries with; Jennings(2), Terepo, Murdoch-Masilla and Ma'u the scorers and 6 conversions, 1 as a result of a penalty, seeing them hit Samoa with 32 points. Samoa notched up 3 tries Tevaga, Roberts and Lafai the scorers, all 3 were successfully converted by Tim Lafai. Tonga picking up a 32-18 win in an impressive performance.

Lebanon vs England: England picked up an unsurprising win over Lebanon, it's a weird feeling to come away from a game with a win and still feel disappointed. England offered very little in attack and relied way too much on defence, England fans will have wanted to see them go out and rack up points, instead England made this game difficult for themselves with; poor passing, lack of structure and ill discipline, things that against better sides will see you lose the grip of a game against stronger sides. The game then became shrouded in controversy with Farah alleging that Jermaine Mcgilvary but him, at which point there was a brief coming together of the teams after Farah threw a punch, both men remained on the field but the incident went on report. Watkins, Currie, Mcgilvary, Hall and Burgess were the scorers for England, Widdop kicked 4 out of 5 attempts and a drop goal. Lebanon scored twice, Nick Kassis and Jason Wehbe the scorers and Mitchell Moses kicking 1 out of the 2 conversions, Final score 29-10 England.

Italy vs USA: Italy responded to last weeks shocking performance by going out and producing a solid performance against the Tomahawks. Campese was a late withdrawal from the squad meaning Tedesco had to step into the six role and Cerruto to fullback. This didn't stop the Azurri going to work though, taking just 8 minutes to score the opening try of the game. Italy would run in 8 tires in total; Cerruto, Vaughan, Ghietti, Mantellato scored 1 each with Tedesco and Tramontana both grabbing doubles. This now means the USA need to beat PNG by 80 points and hope Italy take a hammering to Fiji by about 50 points to see them with half a chance of qualifying. Never say never, but, Never.

PNG vs Ireland: Ireland will have certainly gained some fans back home after these two performances. They have all but earned themselves a quarterfinal spot after a narrow loss to the Kumuls. This match was great from a neutral point of view, two teams desperate to get the win that secures their spot in the next round, Ireland opened the scoring after just 5 minutes through veteran hooker Michael McIlorum. A ball allowed to bounce in the in goal area before a number of bodies dropped on it, McIlorum's touch deemed to be the one that counted, Finn adding the extras. PNG would respond through Gary Lo, Lo shrugging off Irish defenders left right and centre before forcing his way over, Boas couldn't convert. Just 10 minutes later, on the last tackle, Boas would create space and dump the ball over the top to Nene Macdonald, who would put on a big right foot step to see him cross from 10 metres out. Boas was again unable to add the extras. If Ase Boas wasn't making tries, he was scoring them, the wiley halfback toed through a loose pass from Ireland to run in the try that would end the game. Boas converted his extras seeing the Kumuls earn a hard fought 14-6 win.

Fiji vs Wales: If you thought Fiji running in 11 tries last week was impressive, they outdid themselves this week, notching up 14 tries against Wales. Vunivalu(3), Milne(2), Kikau(2), Montoya, Raiwalui, Lovodua, Nakubuwai, Faingaa, Vunakece and of course Jarryd Hayne, who is now on 14 tries, seeing him become the World Cup's all time leading try scorer. Fiji were dominant from start to finish but it was nice to see young rising star Morgan Knowles grab a try for the Welsh side to ensure this game wasn't going to be a nilling. The fact that they haven't nilled a side yet will no doubt play on Fijian minds as it seems that when pressured defensively, Fiji are more than breakable, they will want to remove from their game before they take on some of the tournaments other big names. Final score 72-6 Fiji.



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