Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Rugby League News

World Cup

Thierry Alibert steps down from Super League role

Thierry-Alibert

French official Thierry Alibert has stepped down from his role as a Super League referee. The 42-year-old, who has refereed in three World Cups, has been appointed as Head of Match Officials with the French Rugby League Federation. “After the World Cup in 2008, the day when my mobile phone rang and Stuart Cummings asked me to come and referee ... Read More »

The ten best games from RLWC2013

England's heroic clash with New Zealand won match of the tournament at the World Cup. ©RLphotos

Looking back at the World Cup as a whole, there have been some truly memorable matches. The Aussies may have given the best performance of the tournament at Old Trafford, but in terms of the quality of the contests I would propose the following ranking. 1. England v New Zealand 2. Scotland v Tonga 3. New Zealand v Samoa 4. ... Read More »

The Australians yet again prove their mettle

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

“You can’t always get what you want,” sang the Rolling Stones many moons ago. And by and large that is very true. It was certainly true last Saturday, when most of the 75,000 crowd almost certainly wanted a game as close as the England-New Zealand game had been the previous week at Wembley. Instead we had a record World Cup ... Read More »

Can we stop the Australian juggernaut?

Aussie-slider

Call it killer instinct … call it whatever you like. But on Saturday the Australians showed why they are simply the best in the Greatest Game of All. Leading 34-2 with eight minutes left to play, did they ease up? Not on your Nellie! They tackled their hearts out to prevent the Kiwis from scoring a try. Pride in preventing ... Read More »

Morris happy to put body on the line

Australia winger Brett Morris says his run-in with advertising hoarding at Old Trafford on Saturday was a small price to pay for his side’s fourth try. The 27-year-old pounced on a Jarryd Hayne kick in the 52nd minute and slid into the signage boards, which sit dangerously close to the short in-goal areas below the level of the pitch. “The ... Read More »

Slater backs Thurston for Golden Boot

Australian fullback Billy Slater is tipping his team-mate Johnathan Thurston to win this year’s Golden Boot as the world’s best player. Thurston was voted the Man of the Match in Saturday’s World Cup Final, as Australia registered a convincing 34-2 victory over New Zealand to win the World Cup for the tenth time, with a record World Cup Final margin. ... Read More »

Is the World Cup really over?

Can that really be it? Most of us never wanted it to end, especially as it did on Saturday with a heavily one-sided final. New Zealand didn’t do themselves justice and Australia’s excellence was unquestionable, showing just how cruel sport can be. The game was a bit of a let-down for the 74,468 people who had flocked to Old Trafford ... Read More »

Full Time Report: New Zealand 2 Australia 34

A thoroughly ruthless and professional performance saw Australia regain the World Cup, not just in defeating the Kiwis in the final at Old Trafford but in their route to the decider as they completed a five-match run in which they never conceded a try. After leading New Zealand 16-2 in the first half the Kangaroos went further ahead with a ... Read More »

Half Time Report: New Zealand 2 Australia 16

Australia dominated both possession and the scoreline as they looked in control of the World Cup Final at half time. The Kangaroos, who had 63% of the first half possession, opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Johnathan Thurston kicked a penalty goal after Billy Slater had been checked by Kieran Foran. Shaun Johnson levelled after Australian skipper Cameron ... Read More »

Who will win tomorrow’s World Cup final?

In just over 24 hours Australia take on New Zealand in the World Cup final at Old Trafford. The Kangaroos go into the contest as heavy favourites, but the Kiwis are defending champions and are in rich point-scoring form. Take a look at this infographic, provided by FreeBets.com, which outlines many of the encounter’s key stats. If the text is ... Read More »