Rugby L


Hello again. Unless you're just joining us now, in which case - hello. If you're just joining us, you missed a belter between Tonga and Samoa, with the Mate Ma'a coming out 32-18 winners. You missed a double simultaneous haka. Anyway, the main event is here - England are up and they're facing Lebanon.

The Queen is being saved as we speak, or at least, big burly blokes in white tops are imploring that she be saved. It's pissing down in Sydney.

My German commentary decided that we didn't need to hear the Lebanese national anthem. Lebanon are underdogs, but will have the majority of the crowd. There's a huge Lebanese community in Sydney and they'e turned out in force.

0' Ben Thaler is our ref and he gets this one going. Lebanon kick off.

1' Few changes for England: Walmsley makes his debut, Ratchford in at fullback for Jonny Lomax and George Williams to the bench for James Roby.

3' Mitchell Moses kicks and it smacks Elliot Whitehead in the face. He picks up and charges it in, undeterred.

4' Graham offloads in the tackle - Hodgson passes and it hits the deck, whereupon Mitchell Moses goes for it and knocks on. England ball, as it went backwards. The crowd aren't happy.

5' All England pressure, just metres out...

5' Widdop kicks and Adam Doueihi gets in the way, but it's called as a knock on. It wasn't.

7' Kick from Gale traps Farah in goal. Widdop holds him up and the cavalry arrive to force the drop out.