Kenny Bromwich put the Kiwis on the board in the fifth minute, stretching out for a try after the center forwards had run down the field and Lebanon failed to slow them down.
The Kiwi props continued to dominate as the half progressed, but in many ways the team’s play was sloppy.
Manu, who has been a revelation in the black and white shirt since Maguire switched him to full-back, made a stunning break through the middle before slotting the ball inside for Dylan Brown to score.
Within a minute, Manu went from provider to finisher with his brilliant try. After Dwehi was sent off, Rapana scored another goal for the Kiwis.
The final 20 minutes were nothing to write home about, with Maguire looking frustrated from the coaching box after more sloppy play from the Kiwis.
Meissen’s hat-trick thwarted Italy’s victory over Scotland
Queensland Cup-bound Jake Maisen made a name for himself with his first hat-trick of the tournament in Italy’s shock win over Scotland in Newcastle, UK.
However, while a second-half brace for the Sunshine Coast Falcons flyer was the highlight for the Azzurri, it was NRL luminary Nathan Brown who pulled the strings in a dominant 28-4 win at Kingston Park on Sunday.
On his Italy debut, Meissen looked to have missed his chance at glory when he missed a great opportunity to score in the first half.
But he made up for it after the break with a high-scoring brace, which was sealed when he raced home from 80 meters to score in the 77th minute.
Maisen was joined by Falcons teammate Luke Polcelli and 31-year-old Sydney resident Dean Parato, a prostitute with the London Broncos.
However, it was Brown who proved the dominant figure just two weeks after he featured in Parramatta’s NRL grand final.
“It’s a privilege to captain my country and a proud moment for Italian rugby league,” said Brown, who has Italian heritage on his mother’s side and played for the Azzurri alongside Australia captain James Tedesco last edition.
“We had a good preparation and all the boys believed that we could do it. We said all week that we wanted to play for our families and for each other, and we did.”
However, it was a disastrous day for the Scottish Bravehearts. They never succeeded, and only managed one try from another Australian, Lachlan Walmsley, in the dying stages.
Quarter-finalists in 2013, Scotland went into the game as favourites, but are now set for the wooden spoon after a dead-on display in front of a crowd of 6,206.
And the really bad news? Nathan Graham’s side play Australia in Coventry on Friday night.
Graham was able to call up six players from the Super League and Euan Aitken from the Dolphins, but they were beaten by a team that didn’t even play a warm-up game.
Scotland made it even harder for themselves when captain Dale Ferguson was booked for foul play 4 minutes before the break, helping Meissen to score their first try in the 44th minute. He scored the second after a blunder in defense.
Keary stars for Ireland
Luke Keary was named man of the match on his Ireland debut as he moved a step closer to meeting Australia in the knockout stages.
The Sydney Roosters five-eighth scored one try and came close to grabbing one of their own as the Irish began their campaign with a dominant 48-2 win over Jamaica at Headingley in Leeds.
With New Zealand desperate for a first place in Group C, Ireland will face a Lebanon side led by Mitchell Moses and Adam Dwehi and will need to win to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
If Ireland finish second in the group, they are likely to face Australia in the last eight.
“It was great just to put the shirt on, it was a special night,” Keary told the BBC. “We were a bit rusty with the ball but it was exciting to share the field with Jamaica in their first game of the tournament.
“It will step up next week against Lebanon – we know it will be a tough task. They’ve got a great backline with Adam and Mitch, it’s a big test for us.”
Moses and Duihy aren’t the only familiar faces at Keera, with Peacocks assistant coaches Jake Friend and Matt King assisting former Wallabies coach Michael Cheick in the Lebanon camp.
Gold Coast prop Jaimeen Jolliffe led the way for the Irish on his debut, topping the mark with 163 meters from 17 kicks.
Two pairs of brothers – Toby and George King and Louis and Ines Senior – crossed paths for the Irish as they scored 10 tries against World Cup newcomers Jamaica.
“We are a tight group. We are going to give it our all in this tournament and it will start with Lebanon and then the Kiwis,” Kyrie said.
Huddersfield playmaker Kieran Rush gave Jamaica just two points with a half-time penalty, but drew one of the loudest cheers of the day from Reggie Warriors fans.
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