Re­ports cloud Kan­ga­roos’ cam­paign de­spite walkover

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - MATT ENCARNACION SYD­NEY

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.

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