World Cup Semi Final Win to The Aussies, Next the Final

The AURL team won its World Cup Semi Final against the Welsh Students team 42-10 at loverugbyleague.com Stadium at Batley on Friday night 13 July 2013.

The Batley ground is famous for its “downhill run”, the ground is not level and has a nearly a 2 metre slope from tryline to tryline – traditionally the team playing downhill in the second half has the advantage. The Aussies lost the toss so had to make the most of running down hill, which they did after only 2 minutes of play when winger Josh Damen flashed down the sideline to score in the corner. A Cameron Breust conversion gave the Uniroos a 6-0 lead. The Welsh defence proved solid for the next 12 minutes but eventually the weight of possession favoured the Aussies and Michael Gavan scored after a run around play with Kristian Wanka. Breust again converted and the Uniroos led 12-0. The Aussie’s attack had not finished there with plenty of back line movement resulting in tries to Breust, Shannon Norford and Jamie Anderson, to take the Aussies to the break 26-0.

The Welsh attack threw everything at the Aussies in the second half and taking advantage of its down hill run they proved a handful for the Uniroos defence. Eventually five eight Jake Morgan crossed in the corner and Wales trailed 26-4.

It took Aussie captain Luke Muttdon to bring some World Cup experience to the team and he led by example scoring two tries in succession before Norford put Anderson over for his second try with 6 minutes on the clock.

Right on full time the Welsh forward Osain Phillips barged over for the final try of the match.

The Aussie Man of the Match award was presented to Luke Muttdon, whilst Matt Holmes was voted Players’ Player.

The Uniroos now face England in the World Cup Final to be played at Headingly Stadium on Sunday, 14 July, kick off 4.00pm .

AURL 42 (Tries: Jamie Anderson 2, Luke Muttdon 2, Josh Damen, Michael Gavan, Cameron Breust, Shannon Norford, Goals: Cameron Breust 5) bt Waes (Tries: Jake Morgan, Osian Phillips, Goal: Jake Morgan)

The Australian Team:

1. Shannon Norford

2. Josh Damen

3. Jamie Anderson

4. Dave Sheehan

5. Josh Damen

6. Michael Gavan

7. Cameron Breust

8. Matt Holmes

9. Dan Mahoney

10. Isaak Ah Mau

11. Gary Warburton

12. Kristian Wanka

13. Luke Muttdon

14. Casey Bromilow

15. Nathan Lowrie

16. Darcy Wright

17. Cameron Copeland

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