Impressive Starts in the World Cup

By Daniel Andruczyk

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.

World Cup Qualifiers

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:

European Zone

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
1 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 0 96 4 92 2
2 Italy 1 1 0 0 0 92 6 86 2
3 Russia 1 0 0 1 0 6 92 -86 0
4 Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 4 96 -92 0

Atlantic Zone

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
1 USA 1 1 0 0 0 40 4 36 2
2 Jamaica 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 4 40 -36 0

European Tri Nations

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.

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
1 Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 26 6 20 2
2 France 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 Ireland 1 0 0 1 0 6 26 -20 0

Other Internationals

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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15 Responses to “Impressive Starts in the World Cup”

  1. Crimpo says:

    The Test win will indeed cement the Kangaroos at No 1 in the RLIF rankings. But the best team in the world will be the team that wins in Leeds next month. Australia have to be massive favourites and deservedly so.

  2. Chris Sanders says:

    The fact that both Serbia and Russia scored a try against the likes of Italy and Serbia,teams made up of heritage players from around the World with tons and tons of Professional Rugby League experience,means it’s no longer a lost cause!
    No doubt, a lot of RL people will rubbish these 2 sides,especially here within Auckland RL circles, but we got to start from somewhere.
    This is what Brett Kenny said to us, a long time ago, but his pleas fell on deaf ears cas the people at the RLIF don’t care!
    On another note,Auckland beat the South Island Scorpians by 65/6 on Saturday at Massey Park,Papakura before a huge crowd of 600 and both Lebanon and Italy would of beaten these 2 Zones sides by over a 100 points as well and the domestic game here is also in the same boat as Rusia and Serbia.People should look in their own backyard first before criticising others!
    It aint a case of apples and oranges either.
    Unlike Serbia and Russia,the Auckland Rugby League have millions and millions and millions in the bank which makes them the richest sporting organisation in the whole country,far richer than NZRU which is losing money hand over fist.
    I take positives out of International Rugby League irrespective of scorelines cas RU never,ever dwells on the negative like RL always do!

    • druzik says:

      Chris stop, hijecking with your Auckland and New Zealand RL with comments that have no place.

      Final warning.

      As I said, you can set up your own site, where you can write about this to your hearts content and then I will be happy to reference you and get the debate going on your site.

  3. Chris Sanders says:

    And what about the Poms to Crimpo?Don’t they count?

  4. dragons4eva says:

    Massive weekend of RL! Some surprising results and a few blowouts…but good to see them being played!

  5. Chris Sanders says:

    Who cares about blow outs!The game won’t grow if people aren’t given the opportunity to compete against others but that’s what Rugby League people want!
    Just only a Game to be played in 4 Countries!

  6. rj says:

    Games with scorelines approaching triple digits has never done anyone any favors, both the winners and the losers.

  7. USARL RULES says:

    David Myles shows up to USA camp unfit….. Doesn’t even make the 17 man…….good on Myles for scoring a free Holiday to the USA
    Shame on Dave Niu for ONCE AGAIN, overlooking his domestic players……..the ones he relied on so heavily to save his butt with the RLIF. RLIF……..please step in and help Rugby League in the USA!!!!

  8. Chris Sanders says:

    It does plenty rj! Rugby have had plenty of these 3 digit scores in the past and there were also plenty of big scores posted in the RWC here in NZ.
    Unlike our game, they took plenty of positives out of all this and want do you want??
    The Yanks to play wank sides like the NZ Police Fencibles every year so that they compete at a certain level?
    With that kind of mentality,the Game will continue to go no where!

  9. Chris Sanders says:

    It’s not hijacking at all.Just drawing parrallels cas i am getting pissed off with people rubbishing the Jamaicans,Serbs,Ukrainiams,Norwegians,Swedish,Americans,Japanese,South Africans(referring to them as Boers)Danish,Germans or who ever for having a go at playing Rugby League if they have got no god given right to play our game and i also sick of these Nations being belittled as well.They have no voice to fight back and I am prepared to do their fighting!
    Unlike others on the many RL sites going around,I also look at my own backyard before citicising others and I don’t hide behind a shield and talk tough either like some do!
    I stand up to be counted and i will not allow anyone to solly our game by taking potshots at it especially in developing areas!
    It’s not on and I was only putting things in perspective cas many Warriors supporters rubbish this Gobalisation and say it’s a croc of shit!!We get this morning,noon and night here and you have seen NZ’s attitude in reguards to the International Game!!
    That’s how i see it!!

    • druzik says:

      Its Hijacking, every single resonse is about the NZRL and Auckland and most of the post have no relevance os any job being on the threads … and I see now with the latest ones you have continues, I and others are quite sick of every post being the same thing over and over again, you have actually nothing else to talk about.

      As I see that this will be the cycle… and I don’t have the time to go through and edit posts, I will put the ban on … I have warned you countless of times, about this. Chris, you seriously have to learn how to interact on these vorums and debates … or go and start your own where you can write about the NZRL and Auckland continuously.

  10. deluded pom? says:

    The NZRL and Auckland RL diatribe aside I actually agree with Mr Sanders. The South Africans, Serbians and Russians are behind the eight ball from the off because they are running with domestically produced players whereas Italy, Lebanon, Jamaica and the USA are all utilising the heritage rules which allow the likes of Antony Minichello and Karl Pryce to play for Italy and Jamaica respectively. What did people expect scoreline wise? Amateurs playing against full time/semi pros. There’s only ever going to be one outcome. We see similar scorelines in the Challenge Cup when the amateur teams meet the semi pros of the Championship. Hopefully the Serbs and the Russians (the Saffers did quite well when taken into context)aren’t too disheartened and can take something out of their WC qualifying camapaigns that are for the betterment of RL in their countries. Heritage players won’t always be available in the same sort of numbers they currently are for Italy and Lebanon and that’s when the hard yards being done in Eastern Europe and elsewhere will start to pay off. Good luck to the so called minnows. I’d sooner see them playing RL than the not to distant past when all we had was the usual four suspects playing each other ad infinitum.

    • druzik says:

      That is true DP, its when the teams have no heritage players that it will show the true strengths, I would suspect that Lebanon even without the heritage players would be a formidable opponent. They have a good domestic structure over there as well.

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