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How Rugby League World Cup 2013's opening day unfolded
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- England will be looking to put behind a troubled seven days behind them when they take on Australia in today's World Cup opener at the Millennium Stadium.
Post match reaction:
I thought the best side won, I thought they had a little bit more class in certain areas. My players always give everything and they did today but in a few subtle areas they had a bit more class in some key areas. I thought we had an opportunity when we put our noses in front and we dropped a couple of balls when we had a little bit of momentum. When you’ve got momentum in games you’ve got to take advantage. We didn’t do that. From the start to the end of the game I didn’t think we kicked well enough and got the right territory. Ultimately, when you don’t get positions on fields then you have to do a lot of defending at the wrong end of the field. They had a lot of possession where they wanted it and that was the story of the game.
We’ve come together really well, it was great playing at the Millennium Stadium. It was a buzz for a lot of the players. It was a great performance, we started well, lost it a little bit then came back and fought hard to get back into the game and finished strongly.
Final score Wales 16 Italy 32. Brave effort from Wales, but Italy had too much NRL experience.
Mantellato kicks anoother goal
Italy second row Mark Minichiello grabs the last score just before the hooter.
Man of the match is Italy wing Joshua Mantellato.
Crowd figure announced at 45,052.
England prop George Burgess said: "We started strongly like we wanted to unfortunately we let them off the hook with silly penalties and errors and you can’t do that against a quality team like Australia but we’re all looking forward to getting another crack at them. It was good to get out there and get a start, I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournament."
Lloyd White's kick off fails to go 10 and Italy are back for more.
Mantellato misses the goal, Wales 16-26 Italy.
But not for long, Chris Centrone races in down the left flank after some slick handling from Aidan Guerra. That must be it now for Wales' resistance.
Mantellato misses the goal - so it is still a one score lead.
A perfect kick wide from Ryan Ghietti caught by Mantellato and scooped out to Tedasco. Given by the video ref.
Wales will find it tough getting back after this. They were within a split second of preventing that ball from getting out.
Wales are finding it impossible to get out of their own half, with some great tactical kicking from the Italians and good chase.
They have just earned a penalty which gave them a chance of breaking out, but turned it over on the second tackle.
Italy knock on relieved a long period of pressure on the Welsh line. They need a bit more field position in the Italy half if they are to get back in front here.
Some enterprising stuff there from Wales almost paid off, with Rhys Williams denied hacking a long ball on.
It is not the prettiest of encounters, but Wales are giving this one hell of a fight against a side that beat England last week.
RT @samtomkins1: Gutted with the result. We will come back stronger from that though. Great support! #EnglandRL #RLWC2013— @Jack8Mitchell 26 October 2013
Rhys Evans gets crunched
Ben Evans celebrating his try for Wales. Picture by Mike Boden
Italy prop Paul Vaughan getting a few boos and catcalls as he leaves the field.
Mantellato squeezes in at the corner, but misses the conversion, Wales 16-18 Italy
Goal missed Wales 16-14 Italy.
Kick wide to Elliot Kear, catches it and touches down in the corner.
Second half back under way with first mistake from Italy.
Australia hooker Cameron Smith gave his post match reaction: “It was very physical but we didn’t think it was going to be any different. We knew the English would be well prepared.
“We were a little bit slow out of blocks, I think there were a few cobwebs hanging around due to the lack of game time we’ve had over the last four or five weeks. I’m very pleased with the effort. The English team were very well prepared, they started on fire but I was happy with the composure of the boys. To be able to fight their way back into the game was superb.
“Given that the team hadn’t played together at all coming into their first game we knew we needed a lot of composure. Things were going to go wrong at times but we finished strongly. The last 20 minutes of the first half was great and that was what got us back into the match and we’re very thankful to get a first up win.
“We were under no illusion that it was going to be a very tough game. It doesn’t matter who we play in this tournament, we’ve got Fiji next week and then Ireland. They’re all going to be tough matches but very pleased to get this win.”
Half time 14-12 to Italy. A good half of rugby from two sides hungry for points.
Quality try for Wales, started by a break from Rhys Evans and finished off by Rhodri Lloyd. White adds the goal to cut the Italy lead to 14-12.
Wales are building some good pressure here, they need to keep turning the screw.
Mexican waves were so 1986!
Mexican wave doing the rounds here - stopping here at the press benches!
Mantellato kicks a penalty from in front of the sticks, 14-6 to Italy.
Try for Guerra given by video ref. Converted by Mantellato. 12-6 Italy lead.
Are Italy in at the corner?
No try from the video ref. There were two men in on that tackle. Nice finish though from the wingman.
Elliot Kear thinks he's scored but it looks like a ball steal 2 on 1.
This game has all the hallmarks of a real dog-fight. And most of the crowd have stayed for it.
White adds the goal to level it at 6-6.
Great grubber from Lloyd white touched down by Ben Evans.
Italy centre Aidan Guerra twists over after a big charge upfield from Paul Vaughan.
Italy have good position here, but Wales' defence looks pretty determined.
Late tackle on White after the ball has gone. But no penalty.
Anthony Laffranchi has started at prop for the Italians.
A rousing Welsh national anthem there, hairs on te back of the neck job.
Wales have Lloyd White at six, and local players Ian Webster, Neil Budworth and Jacob Emmitt on board.
1 Anthony Minichiello
2 Joshua Mantellato
3 James Tedesco
4 Aidan Guerra
5 Chris Centrone
6 Ben Falcone
7 Ryan Ghietti
8 Anthony Laffranchi
9 Dean Parata
10 Paul Vaughan
11 Anthony Minichiello
12 Cameron Ciraldo
13 Joel Riethmuller
14 Raymond Nasso
15 Sam Gardel
16 Ryan Tramonte
17 Brendan Santi
1 Rhys Evans
2 Elliot Kear
3 Rhodri Lloyd
4 Ian Webster
5 Rhys Williams
6 Lloyd White
7 Matt Seamark
8 Craig Kopczak
9 Neil Budworth
10 Ben Flower
11 Ben Evans
12 Tyson Frizell
13 Larne Patrick
14 Gil Dudson
15 Peter Lupton
16 Jordan James
17 Jacob Emmitt
England doing a lap of honour and taking the applause. A good effort that against a top Australian side.
Australia 28-20 England
Alas Sinfield misses. Australia 28-20 Eng;and with four minutes to play.
Charnley try. Picks up a loose pass, taps it on and collects and scoots home. Need the conversion!
Eight mins to go and Australia lead 28-16.
Thurston is a class apart. He seems to create for himself so much time and space on the ball. A genius - apart from that last kick, which Eddie Waring would have called a flapper.
Try given to Boyd, That is game over, no way back for England now,
Video ref called for Darius Boyd try in the corner. Looks like obstruction in the build up.
Thurston penalty after a Tom Burgess ball steal. 24-16 to Australia, a two-score lead.
Sam Burgess placed on report, Thaiday gets up pretty gingerly.
Shocker of a high tackle from Sam Burgess on Sam Thaiday. Flattened him and concedes a penalty.
Good position from England spoiled by a messy play the ball from an over-excited Westwood. Westwood blood-binned.
Bit of pushing and shovig from a bandaged and bloodied Westwood on Fifita. Penalty England.
They need the next score desperately.
Roby has been off for the past five mins.
Some exceptional skill there from Australia foiled by a great tackle from Sam Tomkins.
30 mins to go and the crowd are beginning to be the 18th man.
Sinfiled kicks the goal, Australia 22-16 England.
Video ref says TRY and England have a toehold back in the game.
Short ball from James Roby to George Burgess - ref goes to the screen.
RT @SonnyBWilliams: Awesome to see such an intense game to start the @RLWC2013, looking forward to Sunday.. #Kiwis— @chloeculkin1 26 October 2013
Same old England. Aussies too good. May as well give them the cup now. #AusvEng #rugbyleague #RLWC2013— @petethepaintpot 26 October 2013
England have to reallly hang in ere now to stop the score from blowing out. They have to start putting themselves about a bit more and try and unsettle Cronk, Thurston and Slater. Easier said than done.
Thurston badly miscues the conversion attempt. Australia 22-10 England.
Brett Morris try in the corner after Josh Charnley puts a foot in touch fielding a kick.
Billy Slater's try to put Australia 18-10 ahead at half time. Picture by Mike Boden
Goal Thurston Australia 18-10 England at half time.
That is what world class players can do. Billy Slater takes the pass from scrum on the half way to streak 50 metres down the wing.
Tomkins through - but pulled back for a forward pass.
Thurston goal puts Australia ahead for the first time. 12-10 three minutes before half time.
Greg Bird try for Australia. Aussies now seem to be getting more room and passes now sticking. Could be ominous for England in the second half,
Australia are just begiining to blow off the cobwebs. England have to be very careful in this next ten minutes. However, Sinfiled's kicking game is keeping them at arm's length.
Thurston converts, 10-6 England.
Australia try - Jonathan Thurston collects Greg Inglis offload to grab the first for the Roos.
Sinfield converts, England 10-0 Australia
Leroy Cudjoe leaps to collect Kevin Sinfiled's kick. Video ref gives it the thumbs up.
Hill loses the ball after a good break, then England compound it with a penalty to give up good filed position.
4-0 up, 15 minutes into a game England were not given a hope of you'd expect the crowd to be a bit more vocal.
No try, adjudged to have lost it over the line.
Two penalties to England. Has George Burgess got that down?
That was pretty bold play from England - Roby, Sifield, Chase and then a floated pass from Tomkins sending Hall cruising into corner.
Sinfield missed the goal. 4-0.
First cries of C'mon England but otherwise quite quiet crowd.
Penalty to England for ball stealing. Kicked to touch instead of taking two.
Pays off try in the cirner to Ryan Hall.
England survive first spell of pressure with Tomkins minesweeping well.
First penalty of day to Australia, holding down, Gives the Aussies cheap yards, ten another for a Westwood high shot on Scott.
Sinfield kicks off to a roar.
Anthems done. Kick off seconds away. Refs in fancy dress?
Some great footage of past World Cup triumphs on the big screen here.
Players getting ready to come out.
Ten minutes to kick off and it looks like a pretty decent crowd here. The upper tier behind one set of sticks is blocked out but not loads of empty seats.
All England players getting a loud cheer so far - oh the beauty of taking it to a neutral ground!
Trophy gleaming under the flashing lights. Looking good.
Here he is - Strictly Come Dancing star Martian Offiah. Oh, he might have played a bit of rugby too...
I remember when pre match entertainment was the Greenall Whitley brass band... this is quite spectacular stuff from the string quartet.
#RLWC2013 let's kick butts!— @kittyctc 26 October 2013
Come on England! #RLWC2013— @SophieWellens 26 October 2013
Come on England. Let's beat the Aussies!! #RLWC2013 @England_RL— @BenWebster1991 26 October 2013
Rattling through te opening ceremony, we have just had Martin Offiah dancing and now we have a harpist plicking out a few quality notes. Quite atmospheric.
Enjoying the ceremony
Early pictures from the opening ceremony. By Mike Boden
Liam Farrell and Rob Burrow are the players missing out of the England 17. It does mean that there is no natural interchange for James Roby. Can the Saints hooker play the full 80 - or has McNamara got a plan B?
Match officials are:
Referee: Henry Perenara, New Zealand
Touch Judge 1: Grant Atkins, Australia.
Touch Judge: Robert Hicks, Britain
Video Referee: Ben Thaler, Britain.
1 Billy Slater
2 Brett Morris
3 Brent Tate
4 Greg Inglis
5 Darius Boyd
6 Johnathan Thurston
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Matthew Scott
9 Cameron Smith
10 James Tamou
11 Greg Bird
12 Sam Thaiday
13 Paul Gallen
14 Robbie Farah
15 Andrew Fifita
16 Luke Lewis
17 Corey Parker
1 Sam Tomkins,
2 Joshua Charnley,
3 Kallum Watkins,
4 Leroy Cudjoe,
5 Ryan Hall,
6 Rangi Chase,
7 Kevin Sinfield,
8 Christopher Hill,
9 James Roby,
10 George Burgess,
11 Brett Ferres,
12 Ben Westwood,
13 Sam Burgess.
14 Gareth Widdop.
15 Carl Ablett.
16 Thomas Burgess,
17 Lee Mossop.
Great interview of Big Jim Mills by Dave Hadfield in the match programme. It recalls the famous Battle of Brisbane from 1975 when Wales basically battered England into submission - a win that cost Alex Murphy's England the World Cup.
First song of the World Cup opening ceremony is Highway to Hell. Did Steve McNamara choose this song?
The roof is closed at the Millennium Stadium and with just over an hour to kick off there is a respectable crowd already inside the ground, with the lower tier pretty full and most other stands populated.
Rugby league has never had as much publicity leading into a tournament - much of it thanks to Steve McNamara's walk-out at yesterday's press conference after refusing the answer questions about the omission of for Saints prop James Graham.
The conference has dominated pre-match talk - let's see what impact that has on the team.
The opening ceremony of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup is less than an hour away and the streets of Cardiff are thronging with followers of the 13 man code.
We will be bringing you all the news and reaction as it happens throughout the day.
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