Australia vs. Lebanon result, highlights as Josh Addo-Carr sends Kangaroos to Rugby League World Cup semi-finals

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Australia vs. Lebanon result, highlights as Josh Addo-Carr sends Kangaroos to Rugby League World Cup semi-finals

A five-try haul for Josh Addo-Carr helped Australia steamroller their way to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals with a ruthless 48-4 win over Lebanon in Huddersfield.

The Kangaroos shot out of the blocks and never looked back at the John Smith’s Stadium as Mal Meninga’s men dismantled their opposition in a ruthless omen of their championship credentials.

Seeking a third successive title after victory in 2013 and 2017, their latest RLWC2021 demolition job might have been their most impressive yet, built on the hard runs of a sterling pack and lit up by the exploits of their fast-footed winger.

Falling just short of the record feat set by team-mate Valentine Holmes at the last tournament, Addo-Carr’s efforts moved him top of the try-scoring charts, ahead of England’s Dom Young, in another explosive display of his prowess.

A brace for Cameron Murray, plus finishes for Latrell Mitchell and Liam Martin, helped build another dominant scoreline, one that could have been even better had Nathan Cleary landed more of his touchline conversions.

Yet a lingering concern will remain for Australia after skipper James Tedesco missed the second half, with the influential full-back spotted strapped up with an apparent ice pack after the interval on the sidelines.

Former Kangaroos winger Josh Mansour gave Lebanon their only score of the night to shout about amid a much-improved second half from the spirited Cedars, but it is the end of the road now for Michael Cheika, who faces a mad dash to pull double duty with the Argentina rugby union team following his side’s exit.

For Australia, however, a semi-final against either old enemy New Zealand or Fiji awaits just down the road at Elland Road in Leeds next week, with the green and gold just eighty minutes away from another RLWC final at Old Trafford in a fortnight.

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Addo-Carr further underlines power…

Considered an unfashionable pick in some quarters when named in Meninga’s squad, the winger has more than earned his keep with a succession of fine finishes and free-scoring performances.

He will surely keep his spot out wide for their last-four game next week, and likely the final if Australia get there, too.

…but Tedesco leaves Kangaroos nervous

Leading by example from the metaphorical front and the tactical back, the former Italy international has been a superb standout for Australia at this tournament.

His injury is not a hammer blow in a squad this stacked with talent, but it is certainly a loss if he will be unable to figure next week and potentially beyond.

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Australia vs. Lebanon result

  1H 2H Final
Australia 30 18 48
Lebanon 0 4 4

Tries: Addo-Carr (5), Mitchell, Murray (2), Martin; Mansour

Conversions: Cleary (6)

Australia vs. Lebanon full commentary, highlights from Rugby League World Cup

FT: That is going to bring us to the close of our coverage today – but we’ll be popping in on the rest of the quarter-finals over the weekend. Until then, thank you for joining us – and have a great time!

FT: Australia 48-4 Lebanon! It’s all over in Huddersfield – and it is the Kangaroos, as anticipated, who march on! Josh Addo-Carr just comes up short of the six-try single-match haul set five years ago by Valentine Holmes, but nevertheless lights up a superb performance for his side. The Cedars see their journey end here – but they have been a terrific participant in this tournament, and can head home with their heads held high.

74 mins: The attendance is in, and it doesn’t make for pretty reading for organisers chasing those targets. There’s 8,206 in at the John Smith’s Stadium – roughly a third, give or take.

69 mins: TRY: Australia 48-4 Lebanon! It’s a ninth score of the night for the Kangaroos and it is Liam Martin – impressive in the grunt department tonight – who burrows his way over to the right of the posts. Cleary converts.

64 mins: It is not all sunshine and daisies for Australia, unfortunately. Tedesco has re-emerged on the sidelines, and is sporting a chunky ice pack around his upper left leg. Here is hoping it is nothing too serious for the Kangaroos captain.

58 mins: TRY: Australia 42-4 Lebanon! It’s five – read it, five! – for the Foxx! Addo-Carr is having a sensational tournament, and he wins a one-man foot-race to a grubber pooled in the left corner. Cleary converts.

52 mins: TRY: Australia 36-4 Lebanon! The Cedars have lift-off! A handling error from the Kangaroos allows them to camp downfield, and Mitchell Moses pops a grubber in-goal. There isn’t a clearance – and Mansour leaps on it to finish! Moses misses the conversion.

44 mins: TRY: Australia 36-0 Lebanon! Make it four for the Foxx! Addo-Carr is over in the corner again after a hideous collection attempt sees two Cedars men get it all wrong. Cleary converts.

41 mins: We’re back underway in Huddersfield. There’s a gaggle of Lebanon supporters giving it the works – drums, flags, the whole biscuit – and having the time of their lives despite the score. That’s what makes stuff like RLWC2021 special. Meanwhile, Australia skipper James Tedesco is off; given that third half on the bench, this appears to be a tactical change.

HT: If Cleary had been cleaner with the boot, that would be closer to 40 points. Six tries is surely less than Australia will ship over the Lebanon line after the interval. The question then perhaps is this – can the Cedars get on the board?

HT: Australia 30-0 Lebanon! A first-half hat-trick from Josh Addo-Carr, a brace for Cameron Murray and some relentless attacking prowess – it’s exactly what the Kangaroos would expect. Mal Meninga’s men have understood the assignment – they lead at the John Smith’s Stadium.

40 mins: Australia knock on a few metres out! It is an uncharacteristic error from Mitchell. That will wrap up the first half in Huddersfield, you’d imagine.

38 mins: Josh Mansour shows a burst of pace and Lebanon enjoy their longest spell in Australia territory. They cannot come up with the goods, despite an extra set and a burned captain’s challenge from the Kangaroos. It is just not their night.

33 mins: TRY: Australia 30-0 Lebanon! A disaster of a set for the Cedars – they put the kick-off out into touch – and from the subsequent penalty, it is all too easy for Murray to slide under defenders for a second. Cleary converts.

30 mins: TRY: Australia 24-0 Lebanon! The Kangaroos were always going to be eyeing another statement scoreline here, but few probably expected they’d be blowing away this fast. It’s Cameron Murray now, seizing a late offload, who crosses at the posts. Cleary converts.

24 mins: TRY: Australia 18-0 Lebanon! Mitchell gets in on the act now – and it is a barnstormer of a run, skittling opposition defenders as he crashes through on the left flank. Cleary misses the conversion.

19 mins: TRY: Australia 14-0 Lebanon! A 20-minute hat-trick for the Foxx! The Kangaroos enforce a one-on-one steal through Munster on the Cedars’ second tackle, and he puts the winger over at close-range. Cleary misses the conversion.

16 mins: TRY: Australia 10-0 Lebanon! Spoke too soon! A strong line-break puts the Kangaroos down the middle, and Addo-Carr takes the pass to sweep beyond the last man for a second next to the posts. Cleary converts.

14 mins: And now a fine defensive read sees Lebanon tip Latrell Mitchell into touch. The Cedars are keeping this one pleasantly tight in the opening act.

12 mins: It has been a spirited chase from the Cedars so far, running hard on the last to cut down the chance for a Australia breakaway. The Kangaroos look to release Addo-Carr again with a grubber, but the winger is told to stay back, having drifted offside. A missed chance there.

5 mins: TRY: Australia 4-0 Lebanon! The Foxx is in for the opener! It’s all too easy for the Kangaroos, who flick it wide fast to the left, and Josh Addo-Carr sees off Josh Mansour’s attentions to scrape in at the corner. Cleary misses the kick.

4 mins: Out on the full from Australia! That is an unusual one from the Kangaroos, who come up with a poor end to their first set in hand. Lebanon have a tidy foothold with which to work from, but their kick on the last is just too heavily weighted.

KO: Australia kick matters off, and we are underway in this first quarter-final at RLWC2021!

5 mins: Here come the teams! There may be a few less bodies than hoped for, but it’s a heck of a roar. The national anthems are belted out with some proper gusto too.

10 mins: If you’ve been following our coverage, you’ll know we’ve been mentioning attendance figures quite a bit. RLWC2021 organisers have set several targets to achieve over the tournament; while they should exceed the aggregate crowd for the 2017 edition, topping 2013 – which had less games – looks like it could prove a struggle by the large empty swathes in here tonight.

15 mins: It’s the day before November 5 for our non-British readers – Bonfire Night – which means fireworks are periodically casting the John Smith’s Stadium in an eerie red and gold glow, But for which colour will the lights on the pitch favour tonight?

30 mins: The teams are in and there’s an eye-catching trio in Australia’s squad. All three of their nominal halves make the cut – with Cameron Munster and Nathan Cleary paired up to start and Daly Cherry-Evans on the bench. That will add some creative depth.

45 mins: Michael Cheika will have different ideas however. The Lebanon boss has a busy weekend – he’s due to coach Argentina in rugby union in the next few days too – but the former Wallabies supremo will have a laser-guided focus on ensuring this is not an easy night for his home country.

60 mins: Of course, there is only one way this match will go on paper. Australia are two-time defending champions, littered with star talent and odds-on to defend their crown. There isn’t really any other result expected for Mal Meninga’s men other than a win.

75 mins: The group stages are in the bag – now, it is the business end of RLWC2021. Eight have gone home, eight remain – and by the end of this weekend, we’ll be down to just four. But will it be the Kangaroos who find themselves in the last four? Or can the Cedars chase down a semi-final surprise?

90 mins to KO: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals as holders Australia take on Lebanon at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield!

Australia vs. Lebanon lineups

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