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Kangaroos dig deep to see off gutsy England in Rugby League World Cup opener

  • Australia beat England 18-4 at AAMI Park in Melbourne
  • Reigning champions recover after conceding early try

It was a case of different day, same result as England’s 22-year hoodoo against Australia continued with an 18-4 defeat in the opening match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Melbourne.

Just like the 2013 tournament, when England fell to the Kangaroos in Cardiff, it was another loss at the hands of the green and gold but one they can take some heart from. They hung on in the contest for longer periods than in the past, and frustrated them with energetic defence.

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