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It was mixed weekend for St George Illawarra players during the first week of the finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Dragons back-rower Tyson Frizell came off the interchange for Australia in their 46-0 smashing of Samoa in Darwin.

Unfortunately Frizell's gain came at the expense of Samoan duo Tim Lafai and Leeson Ah Mau's pain – the two will now have a few weeks off before reporting to pre-season training.

The dream run for Under-20s Dragons and Fijian utility Joe Lovodua continued after the Bati produced the biggest upset of the tournament so far by eliminating New Zealand in Wellington.

The try-less thriller also spelled the end of the Kiwi international Jason Nightingale's tournament, who like Lafai and Ah Mau before him, will return to Dragons training in the coming weeks.

Nene Macdonald's tournament also came to an end following Papua New Guinea's 36-6 defeat at the hands of England in Melbourne.

England and Dragons duo Gareth Widdop and James Graham's tournament will continue next week in Auckland as they come up against Tonga.

Speaking of, Tonga was also able to progress to the semi-finals following their thrilling win over a brave Lebanon Cedars outfit in Christchurch.

Dragons Ambassador Kezie Apps also played a crucial role in the Jillaroos' 38-0 win over England in the Women's Rugby League World Cup.

Apps scored a try in the eight-try shutout victory which confirmed their place in the finals. Fellow Dragons Ambassador Sam Bremner is yet to feature for the Jillaroos this tournament as she works her way through several niggling injuries.

2017 Rugby League World Cup Results:

Australia 46 (Valentine Holmes 5, Michael Morgan 2, Billy Slater tries; Cameron Smith 7 goals) defeated Samoa 0 at Darwin Stadium. Half-time: Australia 30-0. 

Tonga 24 (David Fusitu'a 2, Tuimoala Lolohea, Will Hopoate tries; Ata Hingano 4 goals) defeated Lebanon 22 (Abbas Miski 2, Adam Doueihi, James Elias; Mitch Moses 3 goals) at Christchurch Stadium. Half-time: Tonga 22-16

Fiji 4 (Apisai Koroisau, Taane Milne goals) defeated New Zealand 2 (Shaun Johnson goal) at Wellington Regional Stadium. Half-time: Fiji 2-0. 

Jillaroos 38 (Meg Ward 2, Isabelle Kelly, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Chelsea Baker, Elianna Walton, Kezie Apps, Caitlin Moran tries; Chelsea Baker 2, Caitlin Moran goals) defeated England 0 at Southern Cross Group Stadium. Half-time: Jillaroos 24-0.

England 36 (Jermaine McGillvary 2, Kallum Watkins 2, Alex Walmsley, Ben Currie, Ryan Hall tries; Gareth Widdop 4 goals) defeated Papua New Guinea 6 (Garry Lo try; Rhyse Martin goal) at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Half-time: England 14-0.

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