This weekend represents the start of the official International Season. 12 teams have been involved in games across 4 continents. Australia, European North America and the Middle East have seen matches played in different tournaments.
The World Cup Qualifiers kicked off on the weekend with I guess no real surprises in the results. The teams full of overseas players had some absolutely massive wins over their rivals. In the European Zone the Italians smashed the Russians 92-6 while the Lebanese also were able to run over the Serbians 96-4. In North America the Atlantic Zone qualifiers also being played . The USA Tomahawks had a big win over the South African Rhinos. Despite last weeks win in Canada, the Rhinos were not able to back it up the second week. The tables are below:
In Europe the Tri Nations between France Scotland and Ireland kicked off with Scotland and Ireland kicking things off. Ireland had an early lead but the Bravehearts eventually were able to run over the Irish and win 26-6.
Three other international games involving 4 nations have been played over the weekend. In Leigh the England Knights a team with the up an coming stars and fringe players for the English squad played against the French. In front of just over 2000 at the Leigh Sports Village The English were able to run up a good win against a strong French team 38-18. This was the warm up for the French team for their Tri Nations campaign.
In Newcastle, Australia and New Zealand battled it out. This was Darren Lockyer’s last game on Australian soil before he retires. A turn out of 38,000 people witnessed a devastating display from the Kangaroos. The Kiwis had a shocking first half and some controversy about Lockyer’s jaw being targeted. The 42-6 win though reinforces the number 1 standing of the Kangaroos in the recent rankings.
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