Week 1 (Oct 26th – Nov 2nd)
The first week of this year’s Rugby League is over, and what a week it was. Here is a Tom Williams with a rundown of the action in each group and the results from the first 7 days of the tournament.
Group A saw an opening clash between two of the tournament favourites Australia and England go head to head with Australia being victorious with Australian halfback Johnathan Thurston scoring 4 goals and getting a try himself. Australia secured their spot at the top of Group A with a win over Fiji. England clung onto second place with a huge win over Ireland, who slump to the bottom of the group after this loss and their opening defeat to Fiji.
Group B saw New Zealand made their mark with two scores of more than 40 points each over France and Samoa and are in a dominant position at the top of the group. The French team are in second place despite having only scored 9 points this tournament in their one win over Papua New Guinea
Italy is sat atop of Group C with an impressive win over Italy in Cardiff, but Scotland are close behind them after their win over Tonga.
There was some history made when the USA made their World Cup debut with an exciting win over the Cook Islands at the Memorial Stadium here in Bristol, thus placing them at the top of Group D.
- Australia 28 – 20 England
- Wales 16 – 32 Italy
- Papua New Guinea 8 – 9 France
- New Zealand 42 – 24 Samoa
- Fiji 32 – 14 Ireland
- Tonga 24 – 26 Scotland
- USA 32 – 20 Cook Islands
- New Zealand 48 – 0 France
- England 42 – 0 Ireland
- Australia 34 – 2 Fiji