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Wales bow out of World Cup
WALES have become the first team to bow out of Rugby League World Cup 2013.
They lost to USA in Wrexham this afternoon 24-16.
With USA also defeating Cook Islands four days earlier in Bristol, they lead the Group D table with four points and can only be caught by Cook Islands if they defeat Tonga at Leigh on Tuesday and then defeat Wales in the final Group D game at Neath next Sunday.
Terry Matterson’s USA side are favourites to now go on to face tournament favourites Australia in Wrexham in the quarter finals on November 16, but they may still need to at least draw their final group game against Scotland at Salford on Thursday.
USA led 24-4 at the Racecourse Ground but tries in the last five minutes from Christian Roets and St Helens’ Anthony Walker – a former student at Prisetley College in Warrington – were both converted by Widnes Vikings’ Lloyd White but it was too little too late for Iestyn Harris’ men.
Warrington’s Rhys Williams made the break that led to Roets’ opening try for Wales but the home nation did not capitalise enough on the good attacking play and dazzling footwork by Wolves’ Rhys Evans, whose twin brother Ben figured off the bench.
The Americans, who are based at the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington and training in Widnes, went ahead in front of an 8,019 crowd with tries from Clint Newton, two, Matt Petersen, Tuisegasega Samoa, and man-of-the-match Joseph Paulo, who added two conversions.
Former Warrington Wolves centre Taylor Welch made his first appearance of the tournament at left centre.
Wales: 1 Rhys Evans 2 Elliot Kear 3 Ian Webster 4 Christiaan Roets 5 Rhys Williams 6 Lloyd White 7 Matt Seamark 8 Craig Kopczak 9 Neil Budworth 10 Jordan James 11 Larne Patrick 12 Tyson Frizell 13 Ben Flower 14 Gil Dudson 15 Ben Evans 16 Peter Lupton 17 Anthony Walker
USA: 1 Kristian Freed 2 Bureta Faraimo 3 Lelauloto Tagaloa 4 Taylor Welch 5 Matthew Petersen 6 Joseph Paulo 7 Craig Preistly 8 Mark Offerdahl 9 Haveatama Luani 10 Eddy Pettybourne 11 Clint Newton 12 Matthew Shipway 13 Daniel Howard 14 Tuisegasega Samoa 15 Roman Hifo 16 Judah Lavulo 17 Les Soloai
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