The third and final round of group stage games in the Rugby League World Cup has now been and gone, but which stars are the ones in form going into the quarter-finals next week.
Fullback: Adam Doueihi
Doueihi traditionally plays in the halves as his number six jersey suggests, but as his Lebanon side booked their place in the quarter-finals against Australia, Doueihi looked like he’d played fullback all his life showing some great skill and athleticism as his team beat Jamaica.
Wingers: Dom Young & Taylan May
Two brilliant NRL wingers who both claimed four tries in statement wins in Group A. May made his World Cup debut and scored four tries before he was taken off prior to the hour mark as he manages injury whilst Young scored four in the first 40 including one he had no right to score.
Centres: Tim Lafai & Will Penisini
Also in the four try club, Will Penisini starred for Tonga as they scored 92 points against Cook Islands. Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Tim Lafai was also impressive with a pair of tries for Samoa as he proved a constant message and appears to be Samoa’s first choice centre heading into the knockouts.
Halfbacks: Jahrome Hughes & George Williams
Jahrome Hughes was back for the Kiwis and was pulling the strings. He was involved in all four of New Zealand’s first four tries scoring the first and assisting the next three. He got a second in the second half. George Williams meanwhile was at the heart of England’s attacking prowess in the first half against Greece and was a sublime running threat. He also got a try.
Props: Tom Burgess & Chris Hill
These two both came off the bench for England and devastated Greece. Burgess got two tries as Hill chipped in with an assist.
Hooker: Edwin Ipape
The Championship Player of the Year continued to be excellent for Papua New Guinea. In wet conditions, he didn’t have the usual freedom to shine but notched three assists with great distribution in the rain and near the line.
Second-Rowers: Nixon Putt & Kenny Bromwich
Two of his assists went to Man of the Match Nixon Putt who scored twice and was very strong all night. Another back-row scorer was Kenny Bromwich who was a constant threat for New Zealand.
Loose-Forward: Jason Taumalolo
On his return to the side, Taumalolo made an instant impact with two tries as he was at the heart of everything as Tonga won 92-10.