Australia has cruised via to the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup with a thumping win over Italy on Sunday morning.
Australia is undefeated heading into the knock-out stage and didn’t even have to be at their finest to stroll away with a 66-6 victory in St Helens.
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The Aussies had been clunky at occasions, however moments of particular person brilliance had been greater than sufficient to present coach Mal Meninga additional choice complications.
The largest debate continues to swirl across the halves with Daly Cherry-Evans and Nathan Cleary each trying to cement the halfback place to accomplice Cameron Munster.
Meninga took the unusual choice of taking part in Cleary and Cherry-Evans on the sector on the similar time within the win towards Italy, giving each a ultimate audition.
Cleary seems to have edged forward of the Manly famous person, who performed principally at five-eighth, and Cherry-Evans is at peace with the prospect of being ignored for the knock-out stage.
When interviewed by Fox League after the sport, he mentioned he’ll “have a beer” when requested how he’ll maintain his thoughts off the choice squeeze heading into the quarter-final conflict with Lebanon.
“No, you must maintain busy over right here. Getting away from footy. Usually I’ve my household round to get away from that, however over right here, these boys turn out to be my household,’’ he mentioned.
“It’s clearly going to be overwhelmed up as a contest and don’t get me improper I need to be within the ultimate 17, however these choices are out of my palms,” he mentioned of the battle with Cleary.
“I’m happy with taking part in two video games for Australia and I’m hoping that’s not the final one, however whether it is, we’ll simply see.
“I’m hoping this isn’t my final recreation, however whether it is I’ll nonetheless be right here to assist the crew.”
He mentioned he was “proud” of being given an opportunity to play for Australia two occasions this World Cup.
The Kangaroos had been dominant and there was little concern a couple of strive being conceded within the second half.
Australia had 10 particular person strive scorers, whereas Campbell Graham and Murray Taulagi each grabbed doubles.