2017 Rugby League World Cup knockout stage

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The 2017 Rugby League World Cup knockout stage takes place after the group stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and culminates in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final. The quarter-finals will consist of eight teams; 1st, 2nd and 3rd from Group A and Group B, and the remaining two places being taken up by the winners of Group C and Group D.[1]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
17 November – Darwin
 
 
 Australia46
 
24 November – Brisbane
 
 Samoa0
 
 Australia54
 
18 November – Wellington
 
 Fiji6
 
 New Zealand2
 
2 December – Brisbane
 
 Fiji4
 
 Australia 6
 
18 November – Christchurch
 
 England 0
 
 Tonga24
 
25 November – Auckland
 
 Lebanon22
 
 Tonga18
 
19 November – Melbourne
 
 England20
 
 England36
 
 
 Papua New Guinea6
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Australia vs Samoa[edit]

17 November 2017
19:00 ACST (UTC+9:30)
Australia  46 – 0  Samoa
Tries:
Holmes (9', 17', 51', 57', 74') 5
Morgan (31', 36') 2
Slater (24') 1
Goals:
Smith 7/8
(10', 19', 26', 33', 38', 53', 58')
1st: 30 – 0
2nd: 16 – 0
Report
Darwin Stadium, Darwin
Attendance: 13,473
Referee: Phil Bentham (England)
Man of the Match: Valentine Holmes (Australia)
Team lists:
FB 1 Billy Slater
WG 2 Dane Gagai
CE 3 Will Chambers
CE 4 Josh Dugan
WG 5 Valentine Holmes
FE 6 Michael Morgan
HB 7 Cooper Cronk
PR 8 Aaron Woods
HK 9 Cameron Smith (c)
PR 10 David Klemmer
SR 11 Boyd Cordner
SR 12 Matt Gillett
LK 13 Josh McGuire
Substitutes:
IC 14 Wade Graham
IC 15 Jordan McLean
IC 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 17 Tyson Frizell
Coach:
Australia Mal Meninga
FB 1 Young Tonumaipea
WG 2 Matthew Wright
CE 3 Ricky Leutele
CE 4 Joseph Leilua
WG 5 Tim Lafai
FE 6 Jarome Luai
HB 7 Ben Roberts
PR 8 Junior Paulo
HK 9 Jazz Tevaga
PR 15 Bunty Afoa
SR 11 Josh Papalii
SR 12 Frank Pritchard (c)
LK 13 Leeson Ah Mau
Substitutes:
IC 10 Herman Ese’ese
IC 14 Fa'amanu Brown
IC 16 Suaia Matagi
IC 17 Joseph Paulo
Coach:
Australia Matt Parish

Notes:

  • Valentine Holmes became the first player to score 5 tries in a World Cup match.

Tonga vs Lebanon[edit]

18 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Tonga  24 – 22  Lebanon
Tries:
Fusitu'a (19', 33') 2
Lolohea (4') 1
Hopoate (23') 1
Goals:
Hingano 4/5
(5', 24', 34', 53' pen)
1st: 22 – 16
2nd: 2 – 6
Report
Tries:
2 (40', 69') Miski
1 (9') Doueihi
1 (30') Elias
Goals:
3/4 Moses
(10', 31', 70')
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 8,309
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Mitchell Moses (Lebanon)
Team lists:
FB 1 William Hopoate
WG 2 Daniel Tupou
CE 3 Michael Jennings
CE 4 Konrad Hurrell
WG 5 David Fusitu'a
FE 6 Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7 Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8 Andrew Fifita
HK 9 Sione Katoa
PR 19 Joe Ofahengaue
SR 11 Manu Ma'u
SR 12 Sika Manu (c)
LK 13 Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14 Siliva Havili
IC 16 Tevita Pangai Junior
IC 17 Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 18 Ukuma Ta'ai
Coach:
Australia Kristian Woolf
FB 1 Anthony Layoun
WG 2 Travis Robinson
CE 3 James Elias
CE 4 Adam Doueihi
WG 5 Abbas Miski
FE 6 Mitchell Moses
HB 7 Robbie Farah (c)
PR 8 Tim Mannah
HK 9 Michael Lichaa
PR 10 Alex Twal
SR 11 Nick Kassis
SR 12 Ahmad Ellaz
LK 14 Jamie Clark
Substitutes:
IC 13 Mitchell Mamary
IC 15 Ray Moujalli
IC 16 Elias Sukkar
IC 17 Jason Wehbe
Coach:
Australia Brad Fittler

New Zealand vs Fiji[edit]

18 November 2017
19:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand  2 – 4  Fiji
Goals:
Johnson 1/1
(45' pen)
1st: 0 – 2
2nd: 2 – 2
Report
Goals:
1/1 Koroisau
(15' pen)
1/1 Milne
(62' pen)
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 12,713
Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)
Man of the Match: Kevin Naiqama (Fiji)
Team lists:
FB 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
CE 3 Dean Whare
CE 4 Brad Takairangi
WG 5 Jordan Rapana Temporarily suspended from 47' to 57' 47' to 57'
FE 6 Te Maire Martin
HB 7 Shaun Johnson
PR 8 Martin Taupau
HK 9 Danny Levi
PR 10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 11 Simon Mannering
SR 12 Joseph Tapine
LK 13 Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15 Russell Packer
IC 16 Isaac Liu
IC 17 Kodi Nikorima
Coach:
New Zealand David Kidwell
FB 1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
WG 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
CE 3 Taane Milne
CE 4 Akuila Uate
WG 5 Marcelo Montoya
FE 6 Jarryd Hayne
HB 7 Henry Raiwalui
PR 8 Ashton Sims
HK 9 Apisai Koroisau
PR 10 Eloni Vunakece
SR 11 Viliame Kikau
SR 12 Brayden Wiliame
LK 13 Tui Kamikamica
Substitutes:
IC 14 Joe Lovodua
IC 15 Jacob Saifiti
IC 16 Junior Roqica
IC 17 Ben Nakubuwai
Coach:
Australia Michael Potter

Notes:

  • This was New Zealand's first loss in Wellington since 2007, when they lost to Australia 0-58.
  • This match is only the second ever tryless World Cup match.
  • The match equalled the record for the lowest-scoring World Cup match ever played, with only six points being scored, when Great Britain beat France 6–0 in 1970.
  • Fiji's four points is the lowest score by a winning team in World Cup history.[2]

England vs Papua New Guinea[edit]

19 November 2017
16:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
England  36 – 6  Papua New Guinea
Tries:
McGillvary (13', 20') 2
Watkins (68', 72') 2
Walmsley (33') 1
Currie (56') 1
Hall (79') 1
Goals:
Widdop 4/7
(34', 57', 69', 80')
1st: 14 – 0
2nd: 22 – 6
Report
Tries:
1 (60') Lo
Goals:
1/1 Martin
(61')
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,563
Referee: James Child (England)
Man of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary (England)
Team lists:
FB 1 Gareth Widdop
WG 2 Jermaine McGillvary
CE 3 Kallum Watkins
CE 4 John Bateman
WG 5 Ryan Hall
FE 6 Kevin Brown
HB 7 Luke Gale
PR 8 Chris Hill
HK 9 Josh Hodgson
PR 10 James Graham
SR 11 Sam Burgess
SR 12 Elliott Whitehead
LK 13 Sean O’Loughlin (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Alex Walmsley
IC 15 Thomas Burgess
IC 16 Ben Currie
IC 17 James Roby
Coach:
Australia Wayne Bennett
FB 1 David Mead (c)
RW 2 Justin Olam
RC 3 Kato Ottio
LC 4 Nene Macdonald
LW 5 Garry Lo
FE 6 Ase Boas
HB 7 Watson Boas
PR 8 Moses Meninga
HK 9 James Segeyaro
PR 10 Luke Page
SR 11 Rhyse Martin
SR 12 Willie Minoga
LK 13 Paul Aiton
Substitutes:
IC 14 Kurt Baptiste
IC 15 Stargroth Amean
IC 16 Stanton Albert
IC 17 Rod Griffin
Coach:
Papua New Guinea Michael Marum

Semi-finals[edit]

Australia vs Fiji[edit]

24 November 2017
19:00 AEDT (UTC+10)
Australia  54 – 6  Fiji
Tries:
Holmes (18', 24', 42', 51', 65', 75') 6
Gagai (31', 69') 2
Slater (14', 48') 2
Goals:
Smith 7/10
(15', 19', 33', 43', 49', 53', 67')
1st: 22 – 2
2nd: 32 – 4
Report
Tries:
1 (59') Vunivalu
Goals:
1/2 Koroisau
(7' pen)
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,073
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Cameron Smith (Australia)
Team lists:
FB 1 Billy Slater
WG 2 Dane Gagai
CE 3 Will Chambers
CE 4 Josh Dugan
WG 5 Valentine Holmes
FE 6 Michael Morgan
HB 7 Cooper Cronk
PR 8 Aaron Woods
HK 9 Cameron Smith (c)
PR 10 David Klemmer
SR 11 Boyd Cordner
SR 12 Matt Gillett
LK 13 Josh McGuire
Substitutes:
IC 14 Wade Graham
IC 15 Jordan McLean
IC 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 17 Tyson Frizell
Coach:
Australia Mal Meninga
FB 1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
WG 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
CE 3 Taane Milne
CE 4 Akuila Uate
WG 5 Marcelo Montoya
FE 6 Jarryd Hayne
HB 7 Henry Raiwalui
PR 8 Ashton Sims
HK 9 Apisai Koroisau
PR 10 Eloni Vunakece
SR 11 Viliame Kikau
SR 12 Brayden Wiliame
LK 13 Tui Kamikamica
Substitutes:
IC 14 Joe Lovodua
IC 15 Jacob Saifiti
IC 16 Junior Roqica
IC 17 Ben Nakubuwai
Coach:
Australia Michael Potter

Notes:

  • Valentine Holmes broke his own record by becoming the first player to score 6 tries in a World Cup match.

Tonga vs England[edit]

25 November 2017
18:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Tonga  18 – 20  England
Tries:
Pangai Junior (73') 1
Havili (76') 1
Lolohea (77') 1
Goals:
Taukeiaho 3/3
(73', 76, 77')
1st: 0 – 12
2nd: 18 – 8
Report
Tries:
1 (11') McGillvary
1 (16') Widdop
1 (68') Bateman
Goals:
4/4 Widdop
(12, 17, 50 pen, 69)
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 30,003
Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)
Man of the Match: Gareth Widdop (England)
Team lists:
FB 1 William Hopoate
WG 2 Daniel Tupou
CE 3 Michael Jennings
CE 4 Konrad Hurrell
WG 5 David Fusitu'a
FE 6 Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7 Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8 Andrew Fifita
HK 9 Siliva Havili
PR 10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11 Manu Ma'u
SR 12 Sika Manu (c)
LK 13 Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14 Sione Katoa
IC 15 Peni Terepo
IC 16 Tevita Pangai Junior
IC 17 Ben Murdoch-Masila
Coach:
Australia Kristian Woolf
FB 1 Gareth Widdop
WG 2 Jermaine McGillvary
CE 3 Kallum Watkins
CE 4 John Bateman
WG 5 Ryan Hall
FE 6 Kevin Brown
HB 7 Luke Gale
PR 8 Chris Hill
HK 9 Josh Hodgson
PR 10 James Graham
SR 11 Sam Burgess
SR 12 Elliott Whitehead
LK 13 Sean O’Loughlin (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Alex Walmsley
IC 15 Thomas Burgess
IC 16 Ben Currie
IC 17 James Roby
Coach:
Australia Wayne Bennett

Final: Australia vs England[edit]

2 December 2017
19:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  6 – 0  England
Tries:
Cordner (15') 1
Goals:
Smith 1/1
(16')
1st: 6 – 0
2nd: 0 – 0
Report
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 40,033
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Boyd Cordner (Australia)
Team lists:
FB 1 Billy Slater
WG 2 Dane Gagai
CE 3 Will Chambers
CE 4 Josh Dugan
WG 5 Valentine Holmes
FE 6 Michael Morgan
HB 7 Cooper Cronk
PR 8 Aaron Woods
HK 9 Cameron Smith (c)
PR 10 David Klemmer
SR 11 Boyd Cordner
SR 12 Matt Gillett
LK 13 Josh McGuire
Substitutes:
IC 14 Wade Graham
IC 15 Jordan McLean
IC 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 17 Tyson Frizell
Coach:
Australia Mal Meninga
FB 1 Gareth Widdop
WG 2 Jermaine McGillvary
CE 3 Kallum Watkins
CE 4 John Bateman
WG 5 Ryan Hall
FE 6 Kevin Brown
HB 7 Luke Gale
PR 8 Chris Hill
HK 9 James Roby
PR 10 James Graham
SR 11 Ben Currie
SR 12 Elliott Whitehead
LK 16 Sam Burgess (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Alex Walmsley
IC 15 Thomas Burgess
IC 17 Chris Heighington
IC 18 Jonny Lomax1
Coach:
Australia Wayne Bennett

1 - Sean O'Loughlin was originally selected to play but withdrew due to a quad injury. He was replaced by Sam Burgess whilst Ben Currie filled Burgess's spot in the second row, and Jonny Lomax filled Currie's spot on the bench.[3]

Notes:

  • Australia became the first team to win the Rugby League World Cup title eleven times.[4]
  • This was the first time a team won the World Cup on home soil since 1977.[5]
  • The aggregate 6 points scored was the least in a Rugby League World Cup final.
  • This match saw a new equal record low for tries in a Rugby League World Cup final with only one try scored.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2017 draw: Every game, every venue". The Courier Mail. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. ^ "New Zealand v Fiji: Five key points". Nrl.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/sam-burgess-captain-england-rugby-league-world-cup-final-oloughlin-injured
  4. ^ "Australia edge out England 6-0 to win the Rugby League World Cup final – as it happened". Guardian. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Australia 6 England 0". BBC Sport. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.