World Cup Round Up

World Cup Round Up

13th November 2017

The last round of fixtures of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Pool Stages took place last weekend, with another mixed bag of results for the the players and staff of Widnes Vikings involved in the tournament. 

Two of the countries with Vikings links, Ireland with Ed Chamberlain and Wales with Adam Daniels (Strength and Conditioning Coach), went up against one another at Perth Rectangular Stadium, and it proved to be a one-sided affair as Ireland ran out comfortable 34-6 winners.

Ed produced another impressive performance at centre for his side, making 31 tackles and 115 metres during the game to help them to victory.

The Irish scored four tries before the break through Api Pewhairangi, Oliver Roberts, Joe Philbin and Liam Finn to take full control of the fixture at the break with a 22-point lead. 

Wales responded through Ben Morris, but further Irish scores from Liam Kay and Roberts’ second cemented the victory. Both teams now head home after being knocked out of the tournament, but Ireland will feel unlucky not to have progressed having recorded two wins from their three fixtures. 

Denis Betts and England safely secured their place in the Quarter Finals of the Tournament with a 36-6 victory over France. Wayne Bennett rang the changes for the fixture, but his side still ran in seven tries in Perth to cement their passage into the knockout stages. 

Tries from Gareth Widdop, Stefan Ratchford, James Graham, Mark Percival and John Bateman, with a single reply from the French through Benjamin Garcia, gave the much-changed English side a 26-6 lead at the break. England would score two more tries in the second half, through a brace from Jermaine McGillvary to extend the winning margin. England will now face a tough test against Papua New Guinea in Melbourne on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Fiji beat Italy 38-10, Australia ran out comfortable 34-0 winners over Lebanon whilst Papua New Guinea were 64-0 victors over USA. Scotland earned a creditable 14-14 draw against Samoa, whilst Tonga took the most eye-catching result of the tournament thus far with a 28-22 victory over New Zealand. 


The Quarter Final fixtures are as follows:

Australia v Samoa 

Tonga v Lebanon

New Zealand v Fiji

England v Papua New Guinea

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