Michael Mcilorum scores for Ireland in Papua New Guinea
Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and George Williams all play for England in win over Lebanon
- Romain Navarrete comes off the bench for France in loss to Australia
Five Wigan players featured at the Rugby League World Cup over the weekend.
Micky Mcilorum was on the scoresheet for Ireland as the Wolfhounds narrowly lost out to Papua New Guinea in one of the games of the tournament. Having beaten Italy the week before, Mark Aston’s side made the daunting trip to Port Moresby where another capacity crowd roared on the Kumuls.
Mcilorum opened the scoring early on before two PNG tries gave the hosts an 8-6 lead at the interval. Watson Boas’ late try saw Papua New Guinea claim the win and take a huge leap towards the quarter-finals.
England could well be their opponents in Melbourne as Wayne Bennett’s side got themselves on the board with a 29-10 win over Lebanon. Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and George Williams all played for the national side in the first ever game against the Cedars.
In the other Group A game Romain Navarrete came off the bench for France as they went down to a 52-6 defeat at the hands of Australia.
In Group B, New Zealand thumped Steve McCormack’s Scotland 74-6 in Christchurch – Tommy Leuluai an unused reserve in that one. Elsewhere Tonga secured a quarter final spot after beating Samoa 32-18. Tonga and New Zealand square off in Hamilton next week to decide top spot with Samoa and Scotland meeting to decide the third and final qualification place.
Elsewhere Fiji ran in 14 tries in a comprehensive 72-6 win over Wales whilst Italy kept the USA scoreless to post a 46-0 win.
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