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Australia vs Lebanon

2017 Rugby League World Cup, November 11

Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Australia Lebanon
34 SCORE 0
6 Tries 0
5 Conversions 0
0 Penalty Goals 0
0 Field Goals 0

Match result:

Australia have complete the group stage of the Rugby League World Cup with a dominant performance against Lebanon.

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Final score
Australia 34
Lebanon 0

Match preview:

Australia will be looking to complete their preparation for the Rugby League World Cup finals when they take on a spirited Lebanon in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8pm (AEDT).

While the Kangaroos would need something bordering on a miracle of results going against them to lose top spot in Group A, the truth of the matter is, it doesn’t matter a great deal.

Regardless of the result, they are playing their quarter-final in Darwin next Friday, against either Samoa, Scotland or – if they lose here and England hammer France – Fiji.

Then, it’s a semi-final against either New Zealand or Tonga. Again, the difference is minimal. Australia will want to keep their form going though and put the Cedars to the side.

More changes headline their side, with Billy Slater having a rest and Cooper Cronk returning alongside James Maloney in the halves.

Cameron Smith will play his 37th straight Test and the combination of Aaron Woods and David Klemmer return up front as Mal Meninga tries to sort out his best 17 heading into the pointy end of proceedings.

The Cedars, on the other hand, only need to not get blown out here to lock in a historic quarter-final appearance. Their first match of the tournament was a virtual knockout against France, and they came away with victory.

For them to now be knocked out, France would have to beat England by a considerable margin, while Lebanon would also have to lose to Australia by a decent margin – the second of those scenarios, of course, is not out of the question.

Yet, Lebanon played a solid game last week against England. They could have rolled over and conceded plenty of points, but time and time again they continued to show up and defend strongly on their own line.

While the scoreboard ended a less than flattering 29-10, it could have been much worse. Robbie Farah, Michael Lichaa and Mitchell Moses all showed plenty in attack, and they get first choice fullback Anthony Layoun back this week.

Scoring a try would be a minor victory for Lebanon, but one thing we do know is that they will give it everything for 80 minutes, regardless of what the scoreboard looks like. The for and against situation should be enough motivation to ensure that happens.

Fitness issues for Lebanon hurt them shortly before halftime last week against England, and if that happens against Australia, the scoreboard could run away in a hurry.

Australia should win and win well, but I’m not sure they will put on as many points as they did against France last week. The equation of not getting injured with finals around the corner and a desperate Lebanon team might come into play.

Australia by 32.

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  • 3:52pm
    Raugeee said | 3:52pm | ! Report

    My hope is that the judiciary do the Kangaroos a favour and rub Woods out for the tournament. At best he is a passenger, but his display tonight makes him a liability as well.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:05pm | ! Report

    That’ll wrap up The Roar‘s live coverage of tonight’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup action, with Australia rounding it out against Lebanon after Tonga beat New Zealand and Samoa drew with Scotland earlier in the day.

    Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

    We have three more games to come tomorrow. It starts with Papua New Guinea vs the USA from 4pm (AEDT) with Sam Ashton. At 6:30pm, you can join Stuart Thomas for that one. I’ll be back for the final game of the group stage with England taking on France from 9pm.

    Bye for now.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:03pm | ! Report

    France need to win by 16 points against England tomorrow if they are to change the quarter-final scenario of the two Group A teams.

    Ireland would need to belt Wales and hope the USA beat Papua New Guinea if they are to advance as the C1 team to play what is likely to be England next week in Melbourne.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:01pm | ! Report

    So, this is now what the quarter-finals look like – all times are listed in AEDT.

    Quarter-final 1: Australia (A1) vs Samoa (C3) at Darwin Stadium (Friday, 8:30pm)
    Quarter-final 3: Tonga (B1) vs Lebanon/England/France (A3) at Christchurch Stadium (Saturday, 3pm)
    Quarter-final 2: New Zealand (B2) vs Fiji (D1) at Wellington Stadium (Saturday, 5:30pm)
    Quarter-final 4: England/France (A2) vs Papua New Guinea/Ireland (C1) at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (Sunday, 4pm)

    Most likely team

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:55pm | ! Report

    Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Sleiman Azizi said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Australia with just too much class but yeesh, Lebanon actually made it almost a hassle for Australia to win.

      Really good crowd too.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:54pm | ! Report


    So then, Australia with a big win over Lebanon in the end. They were anything but convincing really, making a lot of errors and only skipping the score out with a couple of tries during the final minutes of the game.

    Plenty to work on ahead of their quarter-final in Darwin against Samoa next week.

    Lebanon will more than likely be travelling to Christchurch to face Tonga. They will, however, have to watch France and England tomorrow night, hoping the result is as expected. With the scoreboard getting away from them at the end there, an 16-point win for France will send them to Christchurch and Lebanon out of the Cup.

    Australia 34
    Lebanon 0

  • Roar Guru

    Sleiman Azizi said | 9:53pm | ! Report

    Australia now slicing and dicing.

    Not much at stake anymore, not that there really was for this particular match other than pride.

    Well done Lebanon for making it difficult for Australia.

    • 11:08am
      Goerge said | 11:08am | ! Report

      I spent the whole game hoping that Lebanon would get a sympathy try. But sadly Billy Slater was unavailable to supply such a moment as he did in the 2008 final. Good effort though by the Lebanon boys- They deserve applause.

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        Sleiman Azizi said | 9:48pm | ! Report

        Slater is good for one brain snap per big game, me thinks.

        But even a brain snap was not going to save Lebanon.

        Still, the Cedars did well. Good on them too.

        • 10:23pm
          Goerge said | 10:23pm | ! Report

          Couldn’t agree more regarding the Slater brain snap. IMO it’s the reason why he will never be acknowledged as an immortal. That said he is undoubtedly the fullback who changed the way modern fullbacks trained and played. It’s a shame his career is slightly tarnished by salary cap rorting and brain fades.
          I’ve tried to like him throughout his career but with the cap rorting and brain fades, plus that ridiculous habit he had a while back at kicking at the ball as a try is being scored- well it’s just too hard to think favourably about Billy.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:52pm | ! Report


    Australia 34
    Lebanon 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:51pm | ! Report

    The kick-off is a deep one and it’s Woods to bring it back. Down the short side now through Gillett who takes the line on and is upended. Now Maloney goes to Holmes and he is through the line, into all sorts of space and passes – maybe a little suspect – back on the inside to Tom Trbojevic who will race away to score under the posts.

    All of a sudden, the scoreboard is blowing out and Lebanon will just be a little nervous watching the England vs France game tomorrow night.

    Australia 32
    Lebanon 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:49pm | ! Report


    Australia 28
    Lebanon 0

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