Friday, July 25, 2014
Rugby League News

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Hayne and Morris equal World Cup record

Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris scored four tries each to thump the USA 62-0 and propel Australia into the World Cup semi-finals. It was the first time in World Cup history that two players scored four tries in a game and only the seventh and eighth occasions anyone has touched down four times individually in the event. England’s Keith Fielding ... Read More »

Smith: Good ground helped us take down USA

Australia captain Cameron Smith claims the condition of the pitch in their quarter-final against the USA had a lot to do with the heavy scoreline. The Kangaroos ran in 12 unanswered tries against the Tomahawks at Wrexham, strolling through to the semi-finals 62-0. “It’s probably the first time we have played in any decent weather, on a ground which held ... Read More »

Sheens: England had our pants down

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens claims his side were caught off-guard by England in their tournament-opening encounter at the Milennium Stadium. Speaking after Australia’s heavy victory against the USA, Sheens highlighted the immense defensive effort from his troops and thanked England for giving them a wake-up call. “We had our pants pulled down early by England and we are determined that ... Read More »

World Cup could be over for Billy Slater

Billy Slater’s World Cup campaign went from bad to worse as it was announced he is highly unlikely to feature again due to the recurrence of a knee injury. The Kangaroos full-back, who was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after being involved in a Manchester-nightclub scuffle before being released without charge, sustained the knock after collecting a ... Read More »

Kangaroos give back to Manchester

It is fair to say the Australian Rugby League World Cup side has not had the best of times at its Manchester base. On the first night of their tour, promising prop Josh Papalii had £200 stolen off him at a cash machine, while last week Billy Slater was struck by a local when he returned to a nightclub to ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Samoa 0 Fiji 14

Fiji withstood an intense spell of Samoan pressure just before the break to keep a clean sheet in the first half of the quarter final at Warrington. That spell came ten minutes before the break as the Fijians held an eight-point lead. They then added a second converted try as Wes Naiqama picked up a kick from Aaron Groom to ... Read More »

Full Time Report: England 34 France 6

England ground out the required victory to take them to a semi-final encounter against the Kiwis at Wembley on Saturday. Steve McNamara’s side only added two second half tries but defended for long periods against a French side who were unable to unlock their defence. England’s first try of the second half came from Sean O’Loughlin, a Rangi Chase kick ... Read More »

Half Time Report: England 22 France 6

Tries from wingers Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall got England on the front foot in their quarter-final tie against France at the DW Stadium. Charnley and Hall each crossed twice in the first half hour as England fought back from an early setback. Although the French lost Kane Bentley through injury in the first minute they opened the scoring when ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Australia 62 USA 0

Australia progressed through to the semi-finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, but they did so with a less than convincing second half performance. The Australians went into the second half with a 38-point lead against the USA but were restricted to just four second half tries. Johnathan Thurston converted all four second half scores after an indifferent first ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Australia 38 USA 0

Brett Morris scored four first half tries as Australia demolished USA after a good start from the Tomahawks. Cameron Smith’s kick off hit the upright and after forcing a goal line drop out the Australians were over in their second set through Jarryd Hayne. A good run from Sam Thaiday set up the position for Greg Inglis to score but ... Read More »

Full Time Report: New Zealand 40 Scotland 4

New Zealand made their expected progress to the semi-finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with this eight-try success over Scotland at Headingley. The Kiwis held a 26-point lead at the interval and added to their tally with a length of the field effort from man of the match Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who picked off a Kane Linnett kick. Manu ... Read More »

Half Time Report: New Zealand 26 Scotland 0

Five first-half tries – and two more disallowed – saw defending World Cup champions New Zealand make a statement that they are in fine form as the knock out stages of the tournament begin. The Kiwis brushed aside an early injury fear to Sonny Bill Williams and a strong start from the Scots. Isaac Luke had a try claim ruled ... Read More »

Obituary: Steve Prescott MBE (1973-2013)

Simply an inspiration Steve Prescott died in the early hours of Saturday morning at the age of 39 after a long battle against cancer. On the field Prescott was a Lions tourist, a winner of three major honours with St Helens, a World Cup quarter-finalist with Ireland and a fine player, whether with St Helens, Hull or Wakefield, for whom ... Read More »

Wellens and Gardner relegated to bench

Paul Wellens and Ade Gardner have seemingly entered the final chapters of their prestigious careers after it was announced they will both wear substitute squad numbers for St Helens in 2014. Wellens, 33, has effectively owned the number one jersey at the Merseyside club since he joined in 1998 and has made 460 appearances, scoring 216 tries. The club captain ... Read More »