Kangaroos see off Lebanon but Klemmer and Woods face nervous wait

first_imgnews Australia rugby league Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Facebook The Kangaroos are facing a front-row crisis at the Rugby League World Cup after David Klemmer and Aaron Woods were put on report during their 34-0 walkover of Lebanon. Klemmer was penalised for knocking out Cedars second-rower Chris Saab midway through the first half on Saturday, with his shoulder making contact with Saab’s head. Woods also faces a nervous wait after getting booked for a dangerous lifting tackle on Tim Mannah in the second half of their final pool game. Rugby League World Cup 2017 Their status for a likely final-eight clash against Samoa in Darwin won’t be the only concern for coach Mal Meninga, whose side needed another big second half to overcome their slow start.Cameron Munster recorded another double in just his second Test, while James Maloney, Boyd Cordner, Dane Gagai and Tom Trbojevic also got on the scoresheet. After committing three turnovers inside the opening 25 minutes at Allianz Stadium, Maloney finished his first outing of the tournament with a try and two try assists.Lebanon will face Tonga in their quarter-final should England beat France on Sunday. However coach Brad Fittler may have problems of his own with Michael Lichaa (cramps) and Mitchell Moses (shoulder) joining Saab in failing to finish the match.Spurred on by most of a raucous 21,127 crowd behind them, a determined Cedars outfit held the defending champions to a 10-0 lead at half-time. Munster began the scoring with an easy try in the eighth minute, but that failed to deter an energetic Lebanon defence that pressured Australia into eight first-half errors.Arguably the biggest cheer of the night was when Abbas Miski denied doppelganger Josh Mansour a certain try with a one-on-one strip in the 21st minute. But it didn’t take long for Australia to double their advantage on Maloney’s try, set up by an offload from his future Penrith teammate Reagan Campbell-Gillard.Back-to-back penalties put Lebanon on the back foot early in the second half, and Munster made them pay by slicing through for a soft try off the restart. Cordner finished off a Maloney grubber in the 55th minute, before Gagai and Trbojevic completed the rout with tries in the final five minutes.Skipper Cameron Smith also got his first major rest of the tournament after being substituted for utility Ben Hunt at half-time. Topics Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Rugby League World Cup mismatches look bad but don’t belittle weaker teams Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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