The 2017 Rugby League World Cup was memorable for so many reasons. The rise of Tonga, the strong performance of Fiji, Lebanon punching above their weight, the fanatical supporters of Papua New Guinea, the shocking demise of New Zealand, and the continued dominance of the all-conquering Australian rugby league team.
There were so many memories of this tournament that will be remembered forever, like Valentine Holmes’ five tries against Samoa, followed by six tries against Fiji, but aside from this and many other individual moments, there were three matches that really stood out as being the best of the tournament, with two of them I said at the time as being the greatest match of all-time, one a high-scoring, entertaining game, the other an equally-entertaining game, but one that featured no tries!
The first match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the 16th match of the tournament between New Zealand and Tonga. It was a match to decide who would top Group B, and take a decisive advantage into the knockout stages of the tournament. Tonga were looking for their first-ever win against New Zealand, while the Kiwis were looking to prove that their approach to this World Cup was the right one!
The second match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the third quarter-final between New Zealand and Fiji, which was the greatest rugby league match I have ever seen! It proved to be a famous victory! The biggest boilover in rugby league history as Fiji, who were written off by almost everybody, ended the Kiwis campaign, as well as the coaching career of David Kidwell!
The third match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the final between Australia and England. It was how you would expect a high-stakes final to be, tight, tense, absorbing, with Australia getting what proved to be a decisive try, the only try of the match, with their defence hanging on strong to become world champions for the 11th time!
These three matches include my commentary, which I managed to put in-sync with the footage. I hope you enjoying watching and re-living these great matches from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, as well as my commentary, which I hope can convince media organisations of my ability, and to give me a fair go!
(Apologies for any pixelation in the footage, I have not been able to find anything that works to get rid of the pixelation!)