Saturday, 2 December 2017

Rugby League World Cup: Australia edge out England to retain trophy



Australia edged out England in a tight and nervy Rugby League World Cup final to retain the trophy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

 
England produced a dogged and resilient performance in their first final for 22 years, but the Kangaroos held on to win an 11th world title.


Boyd Cordner smashed through for the only try of the game as England restricted Australia to six points.
They had chances of their own, but could not breach the hosts' defence.


There was no moment that summed this up more than a desperate but brilliant ankle tap by Josh Dugan on Kallum Watkins in the second half after the England centre had broken through the defensive line.


It was a monumental effort from England against a team who came into the game as overwhelming favourites.


Having lost to Australia 18-4 in their opening game, Wayne Bennett's side both improved and impressed during the World Cup, holding off Tonga 20-18 for a memorable semi-final win against Tonga before this thrilling final.





BBC     News.