Dragons RLWC Wrap: Week Two
St George Illawarra Dragons players combined for seven tries and 43 points in week two of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
While Cronulla back-rower Wade Graham stole the show with four tries in Australia's 52-6 smashing of France, Dragons counterpart Tyson Frizell didn't go without after he crossed the white stripe for the Kangaroos in Canberra.
Veteran Dragons winger Jason Nightingale made a successful return to the New Zealand outfit by scoring two tries in the Kiwis' 74-6 win over Scotland in Christchurch.
Tim Lafai scored 10 points (one try, three goals) for Samoa, but along with fellow Dragon Leeson Ah Mau, it wasn't enough to defeat arch-rivals Tonga in Hamilton. Samoa must now beat Scotland to qualify for the finals.
Gareth Widdop posted nine points (four goals, one field goal) for England in their 29-10 win over Lebanon in Sydney. 2018 recruit James Graham also produced a steely showing as the Poms outclassed the unlucky Cedars.
Joe Lovodua scored his debut international try for Fiji in their 72-6 win over Wales in Townsville, while Paul Vaughan also crossed for Italy in their shutout victory of the United States of America.
Dragons winger Nene Macdonald proved the match-winner for Papua New Guinea in the most important game of the round against Ireland. Macdonald's try helped the Kumuls ensure their place in the RLWC finals.
2017 RLWC Week Two Results:
Australia 52 (Wade Graham 4, Cameron Munster 2, Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell, Billy Slater, Valentine Holmes tries; Cameron Smith 6 goals) defeated France 6 (Mark Kheirallah try; Remy Marginet goal) at Canberra Stadium. Half-time: Australia 20-6.
New Zealand Kiwis 74 (Te Maire Martin 3, Peta Hiku 3, Jason Nightingale 2, Dean Whare, Shaun Johnson, Elijah Taylor, Kenny Bromwich, Joe Tapine, Russell Packer tries; Shaun Johnson 9 goals) defeated Scotland Bravehearts 6 (Oscar Thomas try; Danny Addy goal) at Christchurch Stadium. Half-time: Kiwis 28-0.
Tonga 32 (Michael Jennings 2, Peni Terepo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Manu Ma'u tries; Sio Siua Taukeiaho 4 goals, Ata Hingano 2 goals) defeated Samoa 18 (Jazz Tevaga, Ben Roberts, Tim Lafai tries; Tim Lafai 3 goals) at Waikato Stadium. Half-time: Tonga 14-6.
England 29 (Kallum Watkins, Jermaine McGillvary, Ryan Hall, Ben Currie, Tom Burgess tries; Gareth Widdop 4 goals; Gareth Widdop 1 field goal) defeated Lebanon 10 (Nick Kassis, Jason Wehbe tries; Mitchell Moses 1 goal) at Sydney Football Stadium. Half-time: England 22-6.
PNG Kumuls 14 (Nene Macdonald, Gary Lo, Watson Boas tries; Ase Boas goal) defeated Ireland 6 (Michael McIlorum try; Liam Finn goal) at Oil Search National Stadium, Port Moresby. Half-time: PNG 8-6.
Italy 46 (Joseph Tramontana 2, James Tedesco 2, Josh Mantellato, Paul Vaughan, Mason Cerruto, Ryan Ghietti tries; Josh Mantellato 7 goals) defeated United States of America 0 at Townsville Stadium. Half-time: Italy 28-0.
Fiji 72 (Suliasi Vunivalu 3, Viliame Kikau 2, Taane Milne 2, Salesi Fainga'a, Eloni Vunakece, Jarryd Hayne, Joe Lovodua, Petero Benjamin Nakabuwai, Marcelo Montoya, Henry Raiwalui tries; Apisai Koroisau 4, Taane Milne 3, Suliasi Vunivalu 1 goal(s)) defeated Wales 6 (Morgan Knowles tries; Courtney Davies goal) at Townsville Stadium. Half-time: Fiji 42-6.