Reports cloud Kangaroos’ campaign despite walkover
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 last night.
Klemmer was penalised for knocking out Cedars secondrower Chris Saab midway through the first half on Saturday, with his shoulder making contact with Saab’s head.
Woods also faces a nervous wait, booked for a lifting tackle on Tim Mannah in the second half of the final pool game. Their status for a likely finaleight clash against Samoa won’t be the only concern for 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 made 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 a quarter-final should England beat France on Sunday. However, coach Brad Fittler has problems of his own with Michael Lichaa (cramps) and Mitchell Moses (shoulder) failing, with Saab, to finish the match.
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.
But it didn’t take long for Australia to double their advantage on Maloney’s try.
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.