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RLWC2017 round-up: week one

30th October 2017, 00:23

RLWC2017 round-up: week one

The first round of group matches at Rugby League World Cup 2017 are now finished.

Wales lost their World Cup opener against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday.

After trailing 26-0 at half-time, John Kear's men conceded a further 24 points in the second-half.

Regan Grace's try on the last play of the game was Wales' only points of the afternoon.

Fiji, who the Dragons will face in Townsville on Sunday, got their campaign off to a strong start with a 58-12 victory over USA. 

Jarrad Hayne's 46th minute try equalled Bob Fulton's record of 13 tries in World Cups. 

In all, the Bati ran in 11 tries as they secured a comprehensive victory. 

Wales' final opponents Ireland also picked up an impressive win in their first outing. 

Action from Australia v England

Mark Aston's men saw off the challenge of Italy with a 36-12 success in Cairns. 

Liam Kay grabbed two tries from the wing, while Liam Finn controlled the game excellently from the halves.

Meanwhile, Australia and England kicked off the competition on Friday night in Melbourne.

Despite the host nation being well on top in the first-half, England only trailed 10-4. 

England then hit back and had large spells of dominance in the second-half.

However, a late Josh Dugan try put the game beyond Wayne Bennett's side.

Elsewhere, Tonga beat Scotland comfortably by a 50-4 scoreline and Lebanon - led by Robbie Farah - secured a 29-18 win over France. 

Finally, New Zealand were 38-8 victors over Somoa in Auckland on Saturday night. 

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