Australia has beaten the United States 62-0 to book a place in the World Cup semi finals.
Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne both scored 4 tries each, but the big news was that Billy Slater left the field early in the second half after aggravating a knee injury he has carried all season.
Slater will get scans on the knee this week to determine he extent of his injury.
Australia didn’t look all that impressive up front in this game. Their backs however looks devastating. Hayne was brilliant playing in the centers while Greg Inglis went into beast mode on a few occasions, throwing off defenders with ease.
The United States played well early on but simply couldn’t go with the Kangaroos after the first 15 minutes of the match passed.
The crushing loss ends the Tomahawks very successful World Cup run. It will be interesting to see what happens with the game in the United States from this point on.
There is no doubt the split in the game needs to be resolved. In my opinion the USARL needs to take control over the game in the United States and the AMNRL administration all but dissolved. If that happens I think Rugby League in the States will kick on. If that doesn’t happen I think we will simply see more political game playing that has hurt the sport there over the last couple of years.
As for Australia, they tried a few things in this game, but it’s hard to get much out of a match you win by a huge score line in.
I think Jarryd Hayne will remain in the centers for the rest of the tournament. He brought a new level of athleticism and power there that neither Tate or Jennings managed to bring earlier in the tournament.
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Jan 11, 2020 0