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Blues In View: RLWC Week 4

Matt Buxton (Twitter: @MattBuxton22)

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It is now do-or-die in the Rugby League World Cup, and the quarter finals brought the best out of NSW-eligible players once again on the international stage.

Australia demolition of Samoa was highlighted by a five-try effort from Valentine Holmes, but it would be David Klemmer to stamp his authority once again as one of the premier forwards in Rugby League at the moment.

He ran for 142 metres – the most of any forward – shaped up defensively with 15 tackles, and if that wasn’t enough, set up a try.

The win, however, was heavily overshadowed by Fiji’s stunning upset of New Zealand that will see them face Australia this Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

If Tonga’s victory against New Zealand was the biggest boil over in international history last week, Fiji’s performance comes close to matching it as they came out on top in the try-less contest to eliminate the Kiwis.

Jarryd Hayne was superb for Fiji, but forwards Ashton Sims, Eloni Vunakece and Viliame Kikau were massive for the Bati, amassing 475 metres and 81 tackles between them.

Brad Fittler and his Lebanon side were incredibly brave against Tonga, going down by just two points in an effort that they can be more than proud of.

Robbie Farah has been instrumental in leading Lebanon for the entire tournament, and while the obvious highlight was their first up win against France, scoring one of the best tries in Rugby League history must go close.

The Jillaroos kicked off their RLWC campaign on Thursday, and have since won two matches against the Cook Islands and England with an aggregate score-line of 96-4.

Isabelle Kelly has been destructive at left centre, while Caitlin Moran has been dominant in the halves, including an amazing try against England, where she stepped off her right foot twice to burn the defence.

Nakia Davis-Welsh debuted for the Jillaroos at fullback on Thursday, and has been at her electric best, amassing 259 running metres and two tries to kick off her international career.

Men’s RLWC Quarter Finals

Australia 46 (Valentine Holmes 5, Michael Morgan 2, Billy Slater tries; Cameron Smith 7 goals) def Samoa 0 at Darwin Stadium

Tonga 24 (D Fusitua 2, T Lolohea, W Hopoate tries; A Hingano 4 goals) def Lebanon 22 (A Miski 2, A Doueihi, J Elias tries; M Moses 3 goals) at Christchurch Stadium

Fiji 4 (Apisai Koroisau 1, Taane Milne 1 goals) def New Zealand 2 (Shaun Johnson 1 goal) at Wellington Regional Stadium

England 36 (J McGillvary 2, K Watkins 2, A Walmsley, B Currie, R Hall tries; G Widdop 6 goals) def PNG 6 (G Lo try; R Martin goal) at AAMI Park.

Women’s RLWC Round 1

New Zealand 50 (Hireme 2, Fotu-Moala 2, Maumau 2, Tupaea, Murray, Nicholls-Pualau tries; Nati 7 goals) Canada 4 (Pakulias try) at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Australia 52 (C Moran 2, B Breayley, K Brown, A Brigginshaw, V Foliaki, T Quinn, I Kelly, N Davis-Welsh, M Ward, L O’Mealey tries; Studdon 4, Moran 3 goals) def Cook Islands 4 (C Inangaro Schofield try) at Southern Cross Group Stadium

England 36 (Booth 2, Hoyle, Hardcastle, Stanley, Bound, Sutcliffe tries, Stanley 4 goals) PNG 8 (Kaupa, Oiufa tries) at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Women’s RLWC Round 2

Australia 38 (M Ward 2, I Kelly, N Davis-Welsh, C Baker, E Walton, K Apps, C Moran tries; Baker 2, Moran goals) def England 0 at Southern Cross Group Stadium

New Zealand 76 (Hireme 6, McGregor 2, Woodman 2, Murray 2, Maumau,, Maynard tries; Nati 10 goals) def Cook Islands 0 at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Canada 22 (N Smith 3, S McDaid tries; I Patrinos 2, McDaid goals) def PNG 8 (C Bulhage, M Karl tries) at Southern Cross Group Stadium