Australia, Italy, France, New Zealand and Fiji have recorded first up victories in the opening fixtures of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.


Five Wests Tigers players have taken the field so far including Captain Robbie Farah and 2014 recruit Pat Richards.


The Tonga v Scotland and USA v Cook Islands fixtures will complete the full round of matches over the next two days.


RESULTS




Saturday, October 26


GROUP A

Australia 28 (Thurston, Bird, Slater, Morris, Boyd tries; Thurston 4 goals) defeated England 20 (Hall, Cudjoe, G. Burgess, Charnley tries; Sinfield 2 goals) at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.


Wests Tigers Captain Robbie Farah was included on the bench for the Australian Kangaroos, who suffered an early scare in the World Cup opener after trailing England 10-0.


The Kangaroos bounced back and went into half-time with an 18-10 lead. It was a tense finish to match with Australia opening their World Cup campaign with a thrilling 28-20 victory.


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GROUP C/D

Italy 32 (Guerra 2, Mantellato, Tedesco, Centrone, M. Minichiello tries; Mantellato 4 goals) defeated Wales 16 (Evans, Lloyd and Kear tries; White 2 goals) at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.


Wests Tigers Rookie of the Year James Tedesco started in the centres for Italy, with Azzurri captain Anthony Minichiello accommodating the fullback role.


Sydney Roosters utility Aiden Guerra scored the opening two tries for Italy, with Tedesco crossing late in the match in what was a comfortable victory over Wales.


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FEATURE STORY ON JAMES TEDESCO


Sunday, October 27


GROUP B

France 9 (Bosc try; Bosc 2 goals; Barthau field goal) defeated Papua New Guinea 8(McDonald, Abavu tries) at MS3 Craven Park, Hull.


The only match so far to not feature a Wests Tigers player, France fought out a tough one-point victory against the Kumuls.


Remarkably Papua New Guinea managed to score two tries to one against the victorious French side. Goal kicking was the difference in the end with Thomas Bosc converting a try and penalty goal while William Barthaus drop-goal gave France a 9-8 victory.


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GROUP B

New Zealand 42 (Vatuvei 3, Mannering 2, Tuivasa-Sheck, Hoffman, Luke tries; Johnson 5 goals) defeated Samoa 24 (Roberts, Leilua, Manumeasili, Matagi, Winterstein tries; Milford 2 goals) at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.


In a bruising opening to the tournament for both sides, New Zealand managed to hold out a rampant Samoa 42-24 at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.


Wests Tigers rookie Sauaso Sue impressed coming up against a fearsome Kiwis pack, making 36 tackles and eight solid hit-ups.


After leading 22-0 early on, New Zealands lead was cut to just 12 points late in the match before the eventual 42-24 score line.


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Monday, October 28


GROUP A

Fiji 32 (Uate 3, K. Naiqama, T. Sims, K. Sims tries; W. Naiqama 4 goals) defeated Ireland 14 (McCarthy, Blanch, Hasson; tries; Richards goal) at Spotland Stadium.


Returning crowd-favourite Pat Richards faced off with fellow Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete in the Group A match between Ireland and Fiji at Spotland Stadium (Rochdale).


Both the Sims (Ashton, Tariq and Korbin) and Naiqama (Wes and Kevin) siblings were excellent for Fiji as Newcastle Knights winger Akuila Uate crossed for three tries to seal a 32-14 victory against Ireland.


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UPCOMING MATCHES




Tomorrow - GROUP C

Tonga v Scotland at Derwent Park 6.30am AEDT LIVE on 7mate

Ben Murdoch-Masila will feature for Tonga.


Thursday - GROUP D

USA v Cook Islands at The Memorial Stadium 6.30am AEDT LIVE on 7mate

Joel Luani starts at hooker for USA.