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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2013

Tonga stun Samoa

Tonga have beaten Samoa 36-4 in their rugby league Test in Penrith.

 Beaten by Samoa in their past two encounters, Tonga scored seven tries to one in front of a very vocal and enthusiastic crowd of 10,143.

 Both teams will be even stronger at the upcoming World Cup but for the moment it is Tonga who will head into the tournament with plenty of confidence, especially as they are in an easier group.The entertaining clash was played in great spirit amongst these fierce rivals and we should see this become a permanent fixture in the rep calender. Mahe Fonua, centre Siuatonga Likiliki and five-eighth Samsoni Langi each scored two tries, Langi in particular was very impressive as was Fuifui Moi Moi up front.

Kangaroos overcome gutsy Kiwis

 

 

 

Australia held off a determined New Zealand Kiwis outfit by 32 points to 12 last night in Canberra

The Aussies will head into the World Cup as favorites but holders New Zealand will have gained plenty of positives from the match.

The Kiwis were understrength and were on top  at half time when the score was 6-6.

The Kangaroos defence was outstanding though and that frustrated the Kiwis into errors in the second half, together with some harsh decisions and the bounce of the ball went Australia's way as they pulled away.

The entire Aussie pack was strong with Paul Gallen again a stand out and Luke Lewis brilliantly played the role of supersub.

Isaac Luke, Jesses Bromwich, Sam McKendry and Frank Pritchard were superb for the Kiwis.

Supersub Luke Lewis 

 

Samoa & Tonga planning World Cup success 

 

International Rugby League take off

The two powerful nations go head to head tonight at Centrebet Stadium in Penrith with places in the World Cup squads up for grabs.

Both teams are confident they can at least make the semi finals at the Cup later this year and a quick look at the two lineups for tonights battle shows why.

 

TOA SAMOA


1 Matthew Wright - Cronulla Sharks
2 Kalifa Faifai Loa - NQ Cowboys
3 Antonio Winterstein - NQ Cowboys
4 Junior Sa'u - Melbourne Storm

 5 Daniel Vidot - St George Illawarra

6 Carlos Tuimavave - NZ Warriors

7 Ben Roberts - Parramatta Eels

8 Jeff Lima - South Sydney Rabbitohs

9 Masada Iosefa - West Tigers

10 Roy Asotasi - South Sydney Rabbitohs

11 Eddy Pettybourne - West Tigers

12 Sam Tagataese - Cronulla Sharks

13 Lama Tasi - Sydney Roosters

 

INTERCHANGE 

14 Leeson Ah Mau - St George Illawarra

15 Martin Taupau - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

16 Mark Taufua - Cronulla Sharks

17 Alex Elisala - NQ Cowboys

 

MA'A TONGA

1 Glen Fisi'ahi - New Zealand Warriors
2 Michael Oldfield - Sydney Roosters
3 Mahe Fonua - Melbourne Storm
4 Siuatonga Likiliki - Newcastle Knights
5 Etu Uaisele - Wyong Roos 
6 Samsoni Langi - Sydney Roosters
7 Daniel Foster - Penrith Panthers
8 Brent Kite - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
9 Pat Politini - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
10 Sam Moa - Sydney Roosters
11 Sika Manu - Penrith Panthers
12 Jason Taumalolo - North Queensland Cowboys
13 Anthony Tupou - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

INTERCHANGE

14 Nafe Seluini - Sydney Roosters
15 Fuifui Moimoi - Parramatta Eels
16 Richie Fa’aoso - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
17 Benny Murdoch-Masila - Wests Tigers


THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS......

 

Why Matty Smith should be England's no.7

 

Matty Smith has come on beautifully this season for Wigan under the coaching of Shaun Wane.

Now 26 years old, he has matured into a fine all round halfback with a good kicking game, a perfect link between back and forwards and he is taking the line on.

His organisation skills are far better than any of his rivals for the number 7 spot, Wigan maintain their shape better than any other team in Super League.

All of these attributes is what England will need if they are to have a great World Cup.

England will have a really strong forward pack with plenty of size and mobility so they will need a playmaker to steer them around, Smith is that man.

They say in Rugby League circles that "the spine of the team" is crucial, the spine being the fullback, halfbacks, lock and hooker.

The Australian Kangaroos are clearly advantaged by the fact that Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk know each others games back to front because they play together each week at the Melbourne Storm.

England could also benefit from having a team built around Wigan's "spine of Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith, possibly Sean O'Loughlin and Michael McIllorum (James Roby coming off the bench)

Other options for coach McNamara are Richard Myler who is developing nicely but not quite ready yet, Jonny Lomax, Rob Burrow, Danny Mcguire and Danny Brough who like Rangi Chase is a bit too unpredictable.

 

Wales to pack a punch

Lloyd White

 

Wales may go into the World Cup as underdogs but some of their players are in the best form of their careers.

An impressive forward pack of Craig Kopzcak, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower Tyson Frizzell and Lloyd White should not be taken lightly. They will be backed up by Ben Evans, Rhodri Lloyd, Jake Emmitt and Jordan James.

An area Wales were expected to trouble was in the halves but Daniel Mortimer's availability will be a real bonus for coach Iestyn Harris and his team.

Elliott Kear, Rhys Williams and Michael Channing will offer Super League experience in the backline, Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against Italy in Cardiff. 

 

WORLD CUP GROUPS

GROUP A

Australia England Fiji Ireland

 

GROUP B

PNG France NZ Samoa

 

GROUP C

Tonga Scotland Italy

 

GROUP D

USA Cook Islands Wales