Tanya Arnold presents further 2017 Rugby League World Cup highlights as the second-round of group games gets under way. Pre-tournament favourites Australia take on France.
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Plenty of French razzle-dazzle! My
word, they needed that. Lebanon gets
its first ever win at the Rugby
League World Cup. So they are
finally on the board.
Fiji get 50.
And England will claim the opening
try of this World Cup.
The USA are over.
The wolfhounds have made a statement
this afternoon. Here they come,
there are about to crack 50.
Johnson is going to score. Perfect.
That changed the duck egg into four.
Josh Dougan makes absolutely certain
of an Australian victory.
The 2017 World Cup is under way,
and last weekend's opening games
gave us a scintillating display
of international Rugby League.
Week two kicked off early today
in Canberra, with co-hosts Australia
looking to build on their opening
day victory over England.
Their opponents France lost
their first game against Lebanon,
who are already looking
like the tournament's surprise
package, and needed a big
performance against the reigning
Your commentators are Gary Belcher
with Mark Braybrook.
Two teams making their way out onto
the camera playing surface in
outstanding order. A reasonable
crowd here tonight, over 12,000,
plenty of French supporters as well.
It is a tough one for the Aussie
side tonight, four debutants in that
side. Trbojevic comes off the bench,
as does Mansoor and Munster.
French side have made a few changes
as well, and beaten last week by
Lebanon, but this is the biggest
test in Rugby, to beat Australia in
They did have success
back in 2008, France had a win over
The countdown is on, and we are
about to get under way.
Australia's first use of the
football, defending the southern end
of Canberra's Stadium, and the first
hit of the night. Important they
start well here, France, and try to
get themselves into the game.
Campbell Gillard's tackle, three in
the tackle therefore France as they
try to slow it down, and they are
allowed to, as well. S the tackle
again from France, Garcia one of
those defenders. Smith looking for a
40-20, there is no one back there,
it is not going to get across the
touchline, but France are penned
inside their 20. Good kick, good
chase, and Bergal forced back, good
Getting out of
their territory, they are noticeably
smaller team, last week they tried
to move the ball around early and
I'm not sure if they will do that
Ducked his head, scraping on
the knee there. He played for France
in 1995 in the World Cup. Not a bad
record to have, follow your father
into the World Cup and represent
your country. And Jason Baitieri,
son of Taz as well. Many people will
know him from his development of the
game. Now, Billy Slater, they will
want to give him room. Good tackle
their front to back too. Isn't it
good to see Josh Mansour backplane
for the kangaroos after his injury.
Hard work getting those tough metres
from his line, but they are not so
tough after three tackles, the
Aussies into French territory.
Morgan. Ten metres into France
territory, Smith, McGuire, last
tackle here for the kangaroos, they
are 30 metres away. Morgan with the
kick high, it is to the wing of
Yaha, and it has been kicked ahead
by Chambers and into touch.
good under the high kicks, good to
see Morgan playing on the right side
tonight, and well done to tantra
ditch -- Tom Trbojevic. They are off
to Perth tomorrow, play in the next
One thing we did know last week,
they didn't like to throw it around,
they like to be expansive.
it was the last tackle, and you are
right, they do need to get the kick
away, the first couple of sets were
fantastic for France.
line-out to the left here. And clean
under pressure, Munster quit in
defence. 40 metres away, though. Now
Smith. Thought about passing to
Graham, but took the tackle.
Maclean had the arm free, but there
was no one to pass two. An injured
Frenchman on the ground as well,
that doesn't help on the defensive
line. And it is Trbojevic who picks
it up, did he get it down?
It is tackle four. I have a
try. Can you check for possible
obstruction back there, please?
We're looking at possible
obstruction, centrefield. Pause now
and just go through nice and slow
from here. It is the effect on the
France 11, so he is in possession,
goes behind, and in close proximity.
Kicks the ball and takes an
advantage. Yes, we've got no try on
I think that is fair enough,
but what about the pick-up from Tom
Trbojevic? It would have been a nice
first test try, but not to be. Fair
call, the no try. Maclean is
straight through, and where is the
support? They can't link with him,
needs a quick play of the ball.
Comes back to the left to McGuire.
Inside the 20 now. Going across the
play-the-ball. Billy Slater away
from one, can't get away from Fages.
Terrific on this occasion from the
Frenchman. Morgan-Smith, short ball
Maclean, they are there again in
Only five metres away here, the
Kangaroos. Smith in front of
Munster, Slater slightly behind him,
and France, have they knocked it on?
I think they did. Bergal with the
error, they did very well to defend
They did very well, and
that is a tough one, wasn't it?
Bouncing around, skewing on the
ground, Bergal just couldn't clear
So, Morgan with the dummy to Slater.
Baitieri with the tackle, and up
quickly, to restrict tackle from the
They will do well to hold on here,
I don't think Cameron Smith
wants to take the two. Do you see
that mark under the right eye of
Cameron? Takes the tap, and now
Graham, Arnaud with the tackle
again. Just shy of the goal-line.
McGuire, slipping and falling, and
luckily there wasn't a clash of
heads. Now Campbell Gillard is only
a metre away from the line. They are
must link, holding on. Smith,
Munster, Graham, straight over one,
straight over another, and they
can't stop Wade Graham from that
close, and he gets his first try for
Australia, and they lead 4-0 with a
kick to come. The weight of
possession finally tilts.
brave, the French defending, but it
was the third set in a row and they
wore them down. He ran a very good
line, Wade Graham. You see the short
ball, spins in one tackle, gets out
of another, good work. The kick to
come, Australia lead 4-0.
This to make it a 6-point lead for
the Kangaroos. He doesn't miss many,
but he missed that one. 4-0,
Australia over France.
have a look here. There will be some
tough questions and answers to come
up with, we see Wade Graham scoring
a try. It is a whole new starting
forward pack apart from the hooker,
Cameron Smith. Josh McGuire playing
lock, and it was a nice show of
patience from the Australian side.
They had plenty of ball, but their
patience and maturity showed.
Maclean was instrumental in some big
hits for the two front rower s the
letter that try.
Yes, Maclean and
Campbell Gillard just enormous.
Strong run again, danger here for
France. Smith out of the half, and
up quickly was Jullien, now McGuire.
They don't want to concede
back-to-back, there is a Frenchman
in all sorts of trouble, it is
Boudebza, I think it is his
shoulder. Now into the gap, they
make the last tackle, Smith, Slater,
back in and Will Graham get the
double? He is over and gets it down.
Wade Graham the double inside two
minutes, and Australia now lead by
If you told me an Australian
player was going to score the first
two tries, I wouldn't have picked
Wade Graham to do it, but he is
backing up from the middle. They
just kept coming at them with a
couple of short balls, strong work,
and the next play just goes down the
short side again without much room
to move, Smith, Slater, back to
Graham and down it goes.
8-0 with a
kick to come, the Aussies in front.
Cameron Smith with a chance to make
it a ten point lead.
The French side
hasn't had the football since their
fourth set, they didn't kick it,
they got halfway and got tackled
with the ball, and they haven't had
the ball for the last six minutes
It seems longer than
that. Just seems that way, difficult
to score. It will have an impact on
the back end of the game, and Smith
this time correct the radar, and
Australia lead 10-0.
They come extremely flat and they
We are at the halfway
mark of the first half. Big French
forwards, they have done a lot of
defending around the middle. They
have been on the back foot. They
will look for a replacement or a
breather, at least.
Garcia, the defensive line. 30 meter
line he will play it on. 10-0 to the
Kangaroos. Stepping nicely, Jullien.
Good defence on the inside from
Munster and McGuire.
The Here's a
. Kicks to the
fullback. The bounce is important.
He just doesn't get it. Mansour has
come up with it for Australia. Best
play of the night for frarngs they
didn't get the bounce.
A pass might
have been better. If it bounced up.
Kheirallah looked like he was home
Is that a play of the
ball or is that... Didn't think he
had momentum, didn't hear the
referee call either. Anyway. Mclean
places it. Munster. Now Graham.
Off-load. To Dugan. He was
absolutely smashed, too. That was by
Marginet, as he passed it.
I think he might have fallen head
He's up slow first.
fell awkwardly. The playing surface
is outstanding. It's a bit firm
under foot. Maguire, last tackle.
Smith. Kicking for Slater. Well
done, beats Slater. Will return it.
He's going all the way. Mark
Kheirallah is going to score the try
of a lifetime. He's going to run 90
meters against the Kangaroos in
Australia, and score a French try.
What a play from the Frenchmen,
10-4, a kick to come. That will go
in the scrap book.
That's a massive
highlight for the French team for
Mark Kheirallah himself. He picked
up the kick through. The man he's
beaten. The fullback, the Aussie
fullback chasing through. Billy
can't get two hands to him. Away he
goes. The only person in front of
him was the referee for a moment.
Mark Kheirallah striding out, just
Dugan chasing. But he's going to get
there. Every French fan in the
stadium has got excited, pumped.
Australia 10, France 4, with a kick
What a try, what a moment.
A young man of Egyptian parents. He
has scored a try that players dream
about at any level, let alone in the
World Cup against Australia.
French hero for, for the moment
anyway. Wonderful play.
Frenchmen are back to within four.
Very pleasing that you guys gave
Mark Kheirallah a huge wrap. I
thought he was France's best players
last week. Tried so hard.
They are in this contest. It will be
the highlight of his career. With
Lebanon beating France next week
they need to beat Australia or
England to progress forward. Are we
thinking there is a great scalp
I'm not thinking that way,
no. They haven't had a tackle in
Australia's 20 in the opposition 20
yet, yet they are so close. Can they
get in there? On the joud side,
Garcia in front of the French
Quarter. Here at Canberra Stadium.
Baiteri. Jullien. They are five
meters away here France. Can they
score and perhaps take the lead?
Can't get away from Munster. Smith
is there as well. For the first
time, the Australian defence are
really under the pump. Long ball
back to Marginet kchl they get a
repeat set? No, Billy Slater is back
there. Billy Slater tidies up,
It wasn't an easy one either.
A rolling ball, bouncing low.
Difficult, Billy. For Billy. He
cleaned it up. Now some work to do
for Australia. Trying to get them on
the front foot.
25 out from their
own line. Woods is on the field.
There's a long way to go. They
didn't expect - I'm sure they wanted
to play as well as they could.
There's the kick coming here from
Morgan. Straight down the throat of
the try scorer.
But they can't sit
down at the moment, the Frenchmen on
the bench. They are starting to
believe am look at them. They are
all up. The officials are up.
meter line. Up to the 30. Woods the
tackler. McGuire, Smith and Graham
are there as well.
Marginet. Pulled back on the inside
to Marginet. Waiting for him,
weren't they. The last tackle, they
come the short side.
into touch. I wanted to see a bomb.
I wanted to see something there,
another attempt to score, but
perhaps they do need to take a bit
of a breather. It's been frantic the
pace in the last seven or eight
That's the danger for them,
isn't it. 11 minutes to go until
half time. Fact they've worked so
hard. As we've seen in a number of
games so far in this Rugby League
World Cup tries come in spurts and
the back end of halves where tired
players are on the field.
Mansour. Let us see if the Aussie
can get the other end quickly, or
easily. The head rocked bavenlth
that was Tom Trbojevic. The head
rocked back. Is
One of their goals,
I believe, would have been to slow
down the Australian play of the
ball. A lot of big men out there for
Australia, getting them on the front
foot. They need to do that. The risk
always is that those penalties,
Frizell, Woods. Charging, trying to
run over the top of Jullien, who
made the tackle. Got some help.
Smith, Maguire. Morgan. Now there's
a tackle. Smith, Woods, the ball was
flat at best, I think. 10 meters
away, Smith. Out the back, Munster.
He's going to get a hat-trick in the
first half. Wade Graham is over.
That was a little bit too easy. Can
you believe it, wade Graham, a
hat-trick in the first half of his
first match starting for Australia.
They shift the ball to the left.
They marched upfield relatively
easily this time. Munster just gives
him the short ball, over he goes.
Now, that was a little bit
too easy. In reality. France have
done so well. Their danger period is
when we get inside that final 10
minutes. That kick into tuck sent
maybe the wrong message. The
Australians thinking OK. Cameron
Smith adds the extra two. 16-6. The
lead is back to 10.
They scored a
hat-trick here in Round 2. If you'd
known that, you might have been on
France have got to get themselves
sorted here so they don't concede
again before half time. Scrum
defence. They are certainly hitting
hard. Off the line. Baiteri. Good
tackle. There's Marginet, Thibaut
He did some damage in
the finals playing on that right
Here they come. Duggan, down
the touchline. Looking for support.
The dummy. Now he puts the foot
down. Josh Dugan for the corner.
That is a sensational Kangaroos try,
from one end to the other. What a
try to Josh Dugan.
It is now 20-6.
That's what he has in
front of him. It's not a bad strike,
but just stays out to the left. The
lead for the Kangaroos is 14.
Wonderful football for Australia,
short passing, linking passing.
Dugan, who is in space, throws the
dummy. Entertaining first half of
Rugby League Australia lead France
The referee Robert Hicks signals
time on. Second-half is underway.
Terrific first half by France,
despite the fact they are done. They
really pushed the Aussies. Can they
continue that in this second-half?
This is Thibaut Margalet.
One of the defenders. Herold. A kick
here, straight down the throat of
Billy Slater. Danger for France, but
it's a reasonable chase from them.
They are in numbers in a straight
Difficult to kick a 40, 20. He
read it well. They won't be
displeased with that after half time
France. Now the job again, slow down
this Australian attack.
almost breaking through the other
side. The Frenchmen in trouble in
the back play, in real trouble too
in the penalty. I'm not sure who it
is. The centre. Dislocated elbow
perhaps or an elbow injury. An arm
injury, at the very least.
see him in the background there
while Mansour is being tackled. It
happened in the earlier play.
Reeled out of that.
a sling, it looks like. He's staying
on - seriously? ! He's staying on,
Well, they breed them tough,
I thought for sure
he was heading off. Just trying to
ease the pain.
Exactly. I thought
the doctor was giving him some of
that and putting his arm in a
splint. Playing on and he's still
It shows you what it
means to these Frenchmen to stay out
there and play against the
Kangaroos. They are 10 meters away
here, Australia. Maguire, Woods.
Stay out there, four meters away.
He's got one arm by his side. Slater
he can't make a tackle, surely.
Munster runs past. They score a try.
They ran it to Olivier Arnaud he
couldn't make the tackle. He tried.
He was gallant. He couldn't stop
Cameron Munster on debut from
scoring the try.
He's such a talent.
That last game. With space, throws
the dummy. He's awkward and hard to
tackle and he's very quick as well.
10 out of 10 for courage for staying
out there, but sadly it's the tackle
that led to the try Askam Ron Smith
has little trouble in converting
that. Terrific kick from the
touchline. 26-6, the Kangaroos over
He tried to set up, Slater
goes into the half acquisition there
and pushes Cameron Munster wide.
Quickly, Maguire, putting on a solid
shot on Thibaut Margalet. The
penalty. Woods went on with it.
did well, Marginet. He got smashed
by Woods. It wasn't the wisest pass.
Maguire is the man with the first
They haven't taken a
backward step all night, France. Can
they get rewarded with some more
points here? They haven't had much
footie down this end of the field.
They've lost the ball, France.
Slater has come up with it. Mistake
on the first tackle.
Chambers to Smith.
Back to Smith. The tackle, 30 out
from the line. Strong defence again
from France, they are there in
numbers. Jullien, one of the
defenders. Straight and hard, they
couldn't stop him, Tyson Frizell was
like a runaway train, straight over
the top. 30-6 with a kick to come.
He knows no other way, Tyson
Frizell. Just look at him steam this
pass on the left, just drops back on
the Munster and away goes through
the line, beats the last line of
defence and slams it down. Callum
Smith three from five tonight. The
lead is now 32 points to six.
some tough hard running from Tyson
Frizell al. That has been the mode
from the Australian team tonight.
All six tries for the Australians
has been on the left-hand side.
Cameron Munster and Josh Dougan all
on the left-hand side for the
They are up again, France,
in the face of the Aussies. Jason
Baitieri back on, and Morgan, then
David Klemmer again. Smith, Morgan,
and Morgan puts the foot down,
Slater is on his inside, and Billy
Slater gets the seventh Australian
try on the back of Morgan Smith and
then Slater. Strap yourselves in,
the Aussies are going on a rampage,
three quick tries, just have a look
at this beautiful dummy by Morgan,
and he looks inside, who is there?
Edges Billy Slater always back up
the middle, whose first of the night
but I reckon not his last. 36-6, all
the hard work of the moment from
France starting to drift away.
Callum Smith adds an extra two,
first try scored on the right-hand
side for the Aussies tonight, 38-6.
Morgan gets his pace on the outside,
and Billy Slater, he has been the
full-back that has changed how all
full-backs have played the game.
Munster, Slater, Dugan. Defending in
that right centre position in the
absence of. Smith. A chance for
Trbojevic, great cover from France.
It looks like the Kangaroos were
going in, Morgan kicking, and here
comes Slater. And he dropped it. Or
did it hit the crossbar? I think the
crossbar distracted him, and Billy
has dropped a gift.
That all the
French player that jumped in front
of the football, but it was a
certain try. They were side to side,
he has got it in his hands. I have
never seen him drop one of those.
And Morgan absolutely smashed by
Jason Baitieri. Smith charged down,
not played, says the referee. Now
looking for a 40-20, Billy Slater,
and he gets it as well,
unbelievable. Billy Slater with a
40-20, Cameron Smith has been trying
all night, and Billy Slater comes up
with his first. And now the
Kangaroos are on the attack. Billy
Slater with a 40-20, they get the
ball back because he found that
inside the opposition 20 from inside
his own 40. Smith, Munster, in the
space, he gets himself four. Wade
Graham has got four tries in a Test
match. Three in the first half, and
now he's cut four on the back of a
Billy Slater 40-20.
He just has to
turn up and called for the ball, and
away he goes, again Wade Graham,
here is the 40-20 from Wade Slater,
not sure he realised it was kicked
from inside his own 40. And Graham
plunges over, number four, can you
Wade Graham has got
tried on the four to equal the World
Cup record, Callum Smith adds
another goal to make it 44-6.
is one way. He becomes the leading
try scorer for this year's World
Cup, Michael Jennings and David Mead
both scoring three last week. There
is your leading try scorer in the
2017 World Cup.
Keep from Fages, and Tom Trbojevic
is back there, it is on the
goal-line, terrific kick, and a good
chase from France, but Tom Trbojevic
does well also.
Klemmer with the strong run,
Baitieri was there to make the
tackle also. Leads the way for
France. Under pressure, Munster, the
off-load to Graham. Down towards the
30, last tackle. Dugan kicking, he
slips, and the ball will bounce
beautifully for Cameron Munster to
get himself a double. The Aussies
are within two of a half-century.
Josh Dugan down the touchline, and
Cameron Munster gets two on debut.
think the Frenchman thought they had
done enough in this set to repel the
Aussies, but they've picked a nice
short side play, wrong-foot the
full-back, and Munster two for the
night, he has had a very good game.
So, Cameron Munster on debut with
two tries, another chance to other
goal. It wasn't his best kick, and
he wasn't happy with it, either.
Still, it is 48-6.
A couple of new
Australian players getting on the
scoreboard tonight. It was certainly
an art in class from Australia. They
have made some mistakes, but it
looks like players are getting some
match fitness, certainly getting
some timing, and great score on at
Almost lost it, Klemmer.
He has played an international, Josh
McGuire, you see him filling here at
dummy half, he has played at dummy
Links with Dugan does Munster, Brian
was there as well, and they go back
towards Wade Graham, here is a
chance, passes unselfishly back on
the inside to Mansoor, only ten
metres away from the line. Munster,
Maguire, Klemmer, and this is the
last, Maguire, Maclean, the long
ball, homes for the corner, and
scores. Yaha can't make the tackle,
and Valentine Holmes fresh on the
field gets himself a try. Valentine
Holmes wasn't expected to play
tonight gets a try, and the Aussies
hit 50, 52 looks embarrassing but it
has been a courageous performance
from France up against an Australian
side who have played well, ten
tries. 60% almost possession for the
Kangaroos. And Munster a much better
strike, but across the face. And so
it remains 52 - six.
It is a good
long ball and hit Valentine Holmes
on the chest. He does the rest, to
get them past the 50 mark.
Inside the final minute. Reagan
Campbell-Gillard from a mile back,
runs at who makes the tackle.
Jullien is also there. Ten short of
halfway. Can they hang on here,
France? Maguire trying to slow it
down, and of the line. We can see
Wade Graham score five tries in a
World Cup match. Last tackle,
Maguire looked for that, and
couldn't find it. Follows his
kicker. And now forces the mistake.
I don't think I've ever seen Josh
McGuire kick a footy in the game,
but they weren't rushed to the
scrum. Australia wins its second
match in the Rugby League World Cup,
ten tries to one, full-time,
Australia 52 has defeated France's
six. It was 20-6 at half-time. And
Wade Graham picks up the match ball,
and why wouldn't he? Four tries in a
You are the leading try scorer now
in this cup vision, what is going
I don't know, I wish I could
explain it. I'm stoked we have a
team win and could get across the
try line, that is a bonus.
player who will run tonight, you
scored a try against Australia. Can
you tell the emotions?
really think too much, head down and
aim for that post, I had Josh behind
And was that one of the hardest
games of football you have ever been
a part of?
I don't figure I have
ever been in a match like it, they
are world-class and it showed today.
I thought we were with them in the
first half but they came through at
And what is the difference,
you are physical and willing, but
did they just keep that performance?
Just seduced, and they kept us in
our own half of the entire first
half, so the pressure just get
building and we cracked in the end.
He is the Australian captain, but
some of that performance?
half was a little bit patchy from us
although we played some pretty good
footy, had some soft errors, only a
couple, but I thought the second
half we really knuckled down to
business and play direct footy which
we did all week and finished the
You don't like the
limelight too much but 36
consecutive games for Australia, how
do you feel?
Yes, going past such a
legend, he is a morsel of our game.
It is pretty special to me and my
family, something that I really take
a lot of pride in, representing our
country, I love playing in the green
and gold jersey, so nice to get 36
in a row.
The boys today was very
fantastic, and they have played like
a team, real team. And we were
strong in the middle, it was a tough
game for us. We never thought that
it was lost, you know? And they give
us a lot of pleasure. So that's a
good thing for next weekend.
thought they were fantastic tonight,
the French. You know, they played
pretty well last week as well, so
they gave us a bit of a battle, and
you can talk about our stats, we
achieved what we wanted to achieve
tonight, so pretty good effort by
both sides, I thought.
So this is how Group A is looking
going into the morning's game
between England and Lebanon.
Australia lead the Group on four
points and France must beat England
next week to give them any hope
of progressing through
to the quarter-finals.
We will be live on Saturday
morning with England
against Lebanon from Sydney.
Join Mark Chapman with
Jonathan Davies, Kevin Sinfield
and Robbie Hunter-Paul from 8.30am
on BBC Two.
We'll be back at lunchtime on BBC
One with extended highlights of that
game as well as Scotland's clash
with New Zealand and
Samoa versus Tonga.
On Sunday, the hits just
keep on coming as we'll
have all the highlights
from Sunday's World Cup
action, including Ireland
against Papau New Guinea.
That's at 4.00pm on BBC Two.
And in between games,
you can keep across everything
happening at the Rugby League World
Cup on the BBC across TV, 5 Live,
the website and the BBC Sport App.
Well, that's it from Canberra.
Australia look as
dominant as ever as
they continue their quest
for back to back World Cups.
Tanya Arnold presents further 2017 Rugby League World Cup highlights as the second-round of group games gets under way. Pre-tournament favourites Australia take on France in Canberra.