Jamaica’s World Cup is over.
It’s been a valiant effort from the team in their first world cup as an emerging nation in the sport. After defeat against Ireland at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium, Jamaica scored their first ever World Cup try against New Zealand last week at Hull FC’s MKM Stadium in a 68-6 defeat.
Today they got two in a strong second half display against Lebanon who are quarter-final bound after their win over Ireland last week.
Lebanon led 42-0 at the break which provoked a very frustrated halftime interview from Ashton Golding.
In the second half, Jamaica only lost 32-12 as they scored twice to conclude their tournament.
For Lebanon, they head to the knockout stages where they will meet holders Australia as Jamaica bid farewell to the tournament but what how many fans say Jamaica’s final game of the World Cup.
A strong crowd of 5,006 were in attendance at Leigh Leopards’ Leigh Sports Village this afternoon.
Though this is just below the average World Cup crowd which has been attracting around 6,000 fans per game, it is in the same ball park as Australia vs Italy last night at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium which was watched by 5,500 fans.
Meanwhile, it is more than Greece vs Samoa and Greece vs France in Doncaster and around the same amount of fans who watched New Zealand vs Lebanon in the first week at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.