World Cup Round Up

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6th November 2017

The second round of fixtures took place in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with a mixed bag of results for players and staff from the Vikings involved in the tournament. 

Vikings Academy product Ed Chamberlain played 80 minutes for Ireland in their 14-6 defeat to Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, as PNG took a major step towards the Quarter Finals. Michael McIlorum got Ireland off to a flyer inside the opening five minutes, but tries from Garry Lo, Nene MacDonald and a late effort from Watson Boas broke Irish hearts in front of a sell-out crowd. Ireland take on Wales in their final game of the Group Stage.

Wales, with Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Daniels, were humbled by Fiji in Townsville with a 72-6 defeat. Fiji ran in 14 tries throughout the game, boasting 10 different try scorers, including a hat-trick for Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu. St Helens' Morgan Knowles crossed for the Welsh’s only score of the game. John Kear’s side will be looking to win their first match at the World Cup since 2000 when taking on Wales in Perth in their final Group game. 

England, with assistant coach Denis Betts, got their first win of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with a 29-10 victory over Lebanon in Sydney. First half tries from Kallum Watkins, Jermaine McGillvary, Ryan Hall and Ben Currie put England in control with a 22-6 lead at the break. There was just a try a-piece in the second half, with Tom Burgess running in a solo try for England, before Gareth Widdop hit a drop goal on the hooter to seal the victory. 

In other results, Australia ran out 52-6 winners over France, New Zealand comfortably beat Scotland 74-6, Tonga were 32-18 victors over Samoa in a tough encounter, and Italy beat United States of America by 46-0. 

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