This past weekend saw the first of the knock-out stages of the Rugby League World Cup as the tournament went into the quarter finals stage.
New Zealand continued to dominate their opposition by beating Scotland in yet another comprehensive and decisive win in the tournament. New Zealand are yet to score less than 40 points in a game this World Cup and have only leaked 38 points all tournament. Centre Roger Tuivasa-Sheck became the tournament’s top metre maker (641m) and is New Zealand’s top try scorer (6.)
Australia had the biggest winning margin out of all the quarter final wins with a 62-0 win over the USA, who despite this loss should be no means disheartened after making it beyond the group stages in their first time competing in the tournament. Aussie Centre Brett Morris is the joint second top try scorer in the tournament with 6 tries so far.
England came out of their quarter final with a good win over France and will look to use this win to strengthen themselves ahead of a tough match in the semi-finals. Ryan Hall added to his tally of tries with 2 well worked scores taking his total to 8.
Fiji showed excellent defensive play by only allowing 4 points past them, but only managed to score 22, the lowest winning margin of the victorious teams. Fiji will have a tough test ahead of them in the semi-finals as they have to face Australia
New Zealand 40 – 4 Scotland
Australia 62 – 0 USA
England 34 – 6 France
Samoa 4 – 22 Fiji
Fiji Vs. Australia
England Vs. New Zealand
The semi-finals will take place at the Big Hit at Wembley stadium. Both matches will be available to listen to on 5 Live and England vs. New Zealand will be live on BBC One at 12.30.