World Cup Nines: Australia win tournament as England fall in semi-finals

22/11/2019

As they bowed out in the semi-final phase of the World Cup Nines, that was won by 30, england failed to take advantage of their good luck.
Wayne Bennetts men had reached the previous four thanks to a helping hand from Wales amid a slice of controversy when Lebanon were docked points.
However, New Zealand, who cantered to a 22-6 win in Sydneys Bankwest Stadium finished their hopes of silverware.
England began the tournament with an impressive victory over Wales but were going for an early departure after suffering a jolt 16-13 defeat to Lebanon in their second game on two.
By beating the to gain their first win of the contest, But, Wales came and England bounced back with a rout of France to clinch top place
Then came news that Lebanon was stripped of the points they accrued in their opening win over the French for playing with an under-age Jacob Kiraz.
Lebanon coach Rick Stone, who said he was unaware of modifications to the rule, was forced to leave out both Kiraz and fellow youngster Jordan Samrani for the remainder of the tournament but the Cedars managed to get over the top of England.
Acting captain Gareth Widdop and Sam Tomkins scored tries for an England, who were subsequently forced to watch as their fate was decided by Wales.
John Kears men had previously suffered a defeat that was 23-6 Regan Grace scoring their only try, however they had been energised against Lebanon and dominated the match from begin to finish.
Mike Butt started the scoring and captain Elliot Kear touched both sides of half-time down to place Wales in control before Lloyd White wrapped up a win using their fourth attempt.
That enabled Wales to finish the tournament and also the outcome lifted the spirits of England to the decider against France, although they fell behind early to an attempt from Alrix Da Costa.
Blake Austin ryan Hall and Ash Handley believed to give England a period lead with Elliott Whitehead along with Ryan Sutton touching down in a one-sided competition, and the latter added another in the second half.
The turning point came early on when winger Jermaine McGillvary had been hauled down short of the line and the Kiwis struck on the counter-attack through Ken Maumalo.
There was no way back for England when Reimis Smith and Jamayne Isaako added additional tries either side of half-time and, though McGillvary collected George Williams kick try, Isaako wrapped up the scoring with his second attempt.
We made it difficult for ourselves early in the championship but we got into the
Finals, said half-back Austin.
We would have liked to have performed somewhat better but we move on to Great
Britain.
Australia, that beat Samoa 25-8 from the semi-finals, went on to become the winners thanks largely to some hat-trick of attempts.
Since New Zealand went on to beat Australia 17-15 at the closing englands girls were outclassed on the day.
While Amy Hardcastle was on the mark in an 33-4 loss georgia Wilson scored Englands only try at a 42-4 conquer from the Jillaroos.

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