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World Cup Recap Day 2

Three back to back games on day 2 of the World Cup which featured an upset, a history making debut, and

Lets have a look over the action

Italy 28 – Scotland 6

An evenly contested match with Italy taking advantage of each chance they had, scoring 5 tries to Scotland’s late consolation try.

While Scotland showed some great promise in the middle and some great work by their wingers getting them out of their own end, they were far too clunky in their first match of the tournament, not being able to put much together.

An amazing put down from Italy’s Luke Polselli saw the Azzurri open their account, with Dean Parata also scoring helping them take a 12-0 lead into halftime.

Young Sunshine Coast Falcons outside back Jake Maizen with a dream international debut, scoring a second half hattrick to help get the Italians the win.

Nathan Brown leading from the front with a man of the match performance as well.


Euan Aitken – 154 Run Metres/37 Tackles/6 Tackle Breaks/1 Try Assist
James Bell – 186 Run Metres/40 Tackles/5 Tackle Breaks
Lachlan Wamsley – 165 Run Metres/1 Try/3 Tackle Breaks

Nathan Brown – 194 Run Metres/34 Tackles
Jake Maizen – 222 Run Metres/3 Tries/3 Linebreaks/5 Tackle Breaks
Jack Campagnolo – 78 Run Metres/3 Linebreak Assists/1 Try Assist/18 Tackles

Ireland 48 – Jamaica 2

History made with Jamaica making their Rugby League World Cup debut, and while the result didn’t go their way, they can hold their heads high with plenty of moments.

Sure Ireland ran away with the win scoring 10tries in the 48-2 romp, Jamaica came out with plenty of spirit and will take a lot from their first ever WC hitout.

Joe Keyes and MOTM Luke Keary were pivotal in steering the Irish around, involved in a combined 5 of the Irish tries.

It was a day for the brothers with both Louis and Innes Senior and Toby and George King getting over the tryline for some meat pies.

Greatb effort by the Irish who will look to build on this in their next match against Lebanon.


Luke Keary – 166 Run Metres/3 Try Involvements/3 Linebreak Involvements
Frankie Halton – 188 Run Metres/29 Tackles/9 Tackle Breaks
Toby King – 177 Run Metres/4 Linbreak Assists/2 Try Involvements

Ashton Golding – 114 Run Metres/56 Tackles/4 Tackle Breaks
James Woodburn-Hall – 143 Run Metres/20 Tackles

New Zealand 34 – Lebanon 12

Some Manu Magic, Doueihi red carded, and a Cedar team that just wouldn’t quit.

This game had a bit in it.

Lebanon off to a hot start with Josh Mansour scoring in the opening minutes, before the Kiwis bounced back through Kenny Bromwich not long after.

The first 10 minutes of back and forth action showed there was plenty of passion by both sides, Lebanon having some luck early on with some short kickoffs paying off.

New Zealand with plenty of offloads, and some strong running from Joe Tapine saw them strike with another 2 tries before halftime.

The second half saw Lebanon start just like the first.

A sublime 40/20 from Adam Doueihi, as well as some slick passing saw the Cedars the first to score after the break through Abbas Miski to get back within 6 points.

A frantic 7 minutes which saw some individual brilliance from Joey Manu have his hand in 3 tries, as well as a red card for Adam Doueihi for alleged dissent, saw the game end with the Kiwis running out victors 34-12.

video credit Fox League/RLWC


New Zealand
Joey Manu – 195 Run Metres/2 Linebreak Involvements/3 Try Involvements/15 Tackle Breaks
Joseph Tapine – 151 Run Metres/24 Tackles/4 Tackle Breaks

Abbas Miski – 130 Run Metres/1 Try/6 Tackle Breaks
Josh MAnsour – 122 Run Metres/1 Try
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