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Match Report – Australia 48 – 4 Lebanon

Josh Addo-Carr crossed the whitewash five times as Australia advanced to the World Cup semi-finals; England will face Papua New Guinea in the second quarter-final of the weekend at 2.30pm on Saturday, after which New Zealand and Fiji and Tonga collide with Samoa on Sunday

Last updated: 04/11/22 9:30 PM

Josh Addo-Carr celebrates after scoring Australia's seventh try against Lebanon

Josh Addo-Carr celebrates after scoring Australia’s seventh try against Lebanon

Five tries by Josh Addo-Carr sent Australia to the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup as they claimed a comprehensive 48-4 win over Lebanon in Huddersfield.

In a player-of-the-match performance, Addo-Carr continued in the try-scoring form he has enjoyed throughout the tournament, scoring his hat-trick within the first 18 minutes to put Australia on a try-scoring basis before adding another. scoring in the second half to make him the highest try scorer of the tournament to date.

Latrell Mitchell also scored a try in the first half before Cameron Murray made two passes within five minutes to send the Kangaroos in at halftime with a 30-0 lead.

A try after 10 minutes of the second half from Josh Mansour gave Lebanon a glimmer of hope, but after applying pressure for 10 minutes, Addo-Carr came through again before Liam Martin charged at the kangaroos.

Despite the 48-4 loss, Lebanon will take heart from their performance, with their coach Michael Cheika now tasked with coaching Argentina in their rugby union clash with England at Twickenham on Sunday.

Australia: Tries- Josh Addo-Carr (5), Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Murray (2), Liam Martin Conversions- Nathan Cleary (6)

Lebanon: Tries- Josh Mansour

Story of the match

Lebanon shot out in the first few minutes, but after some fumbling, the Kangaroos took advantage of their first real possession, Addo-Carr went into the corner after just four minutes to make it 4-0.

The ‘Foxx’ then went on to complete his hat-trick in the first quarter of the game, supporting James Tedesco at halftime to cross over in the 15th minute for his second attempt before ducking into the corner for his third after a ball strip at the line to make it 14-0.

Addo-Carr was on good form and secured his hat-trick in the 18th minute.

Addo-Carr was on good form and secured his hat-trick in the 18th minute.

Mitchell joined the scoring fun after 22 minutes, taking advantage of a break through the middle from Isaah Yeo to finish after a series of passes on the left, while fending off two Lebanon players.

With 10 minutes to go into the first half, Murray completed his double, going under the sticks twice before Nathan Cleary converted to make it 30-0.

Lebanon got their first chance with just five minutes left of the first half as they had a scrum just 10 yards from the Kangaroos’ line, but they couldn’t make it count.

Australia came out in the second half and replicated the start of the first, Addo-Carr flew over into the corner after a knock-on from Lebanon gifted territory to the winger.

Isaah Yeo made some huge yards as Lebanon's defenders struggled to contain the Penrith man

Isaah Yeo made some huge yards as Lebanon’s defenders struggled to contain the Penrith man

Lebanon wasn’t ready to give up yet and, after a caterpillar kick from Mitchell Moses on the final tackle, Mansour flew through to get his side on the board and make it 36-4.

However, after losing momentum for 10 minutes, an intelligent kick by Cameron Munster was pounced by Addo-Carr for his fifth of the night to give Australia control, followed by Martin driving forward to add four more points to bring the final score to 48-4.

Australia will now face the winner of the clash between New Zealand and Fiji in the semi-finals next Friday at Elland Road in Leeds.

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