Rugby League World Cup: Josh Addo-Carr sends Australia into semi-finals with win over Lebanon

Australia (30) 48
Attempts: Addo-Carr (5), Mitchell, Murray (2), Martin Goals: light (6)
Lebanon (0) 4
Try: Mansoor

Josh Addo-Carr starred as Australia reached the World Cup semi-finals with a 48-4 win over Lebanon in Huddersfield.

Addo-Carr’s hat-trick in the first 19 minutes put the Kangaroos on their way and he added two more after the break for the runners-up.

Josh Mansour goes over in the corner to score Lebanon’s only try.

Australia will play either New Zealand or Fiji in the quarter-finals in Leeds on Friday 11 November (19:45 GMT).

Cameron Murray crossed twice for the green and gold, while Liam Martin and Latrell Mitchell also scored in a dominant Mal Meninga side.

Meninga has admitted that he has faced a number of selection dilemmas in his search for the strongest squad for the competition’s knockout rounds.

But for the side that decided against Michael Cheika, his players largely championed his decisions. Nathan Cleary, who got the nod at full-back ahead of Daly Cherry-Evans, was excellent with ball in hand, although his first-half clearance was unusually uneven.

But while there was controversy, particularly in Australia, over the center and hooker positions occupied by Jack Wighton and Harry Grant, Addo-Carr’s return is less contentious.

The only minor surprise was that he failed to match or better Valentine Holmes or Ken Irvine’s record of six international tries in a single match for Australia, taking it to five with just over 20 minutes remaining.

With nine tries already in the tournament, Holmes’ record 12 in a single World Cup tournament now looks increasingly within reach. Billy Slater’s World Cup record of 16 tries from 2008-2017 is also on the horizon.

More to follow.