Australia vs Lebanon, quarterfinal, teams, scores, videos, Nathan Cleary, Mitchell Moses

Australia lead Lebanon 18-0 in their World Cup quarterfinal at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.

Josh Addo-Carr got the Kangaroos off to a dream start diving over in the corner with a classy finish after some brilliance on the inside from Cameron Munster and Latrell Mitchell.

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Kangaroos skipper James Tedesco made a break to set Addo-Carr up for his second though the middle seeing him equal England winger Dominic Young with eight tries for the tournament.

Munster came up with a one-on-one strip on Lebanon fullback Jacob Kiraz to set up Addo-Carr for his hat-trick with a brilliant flick pass.

“It’s almost not fair. The number of strips, he’s had almost 20 in his NRL career,” Andrew Voss said.

Addo-carr could have had four, but Mitchell didn’t need him as he carried two defenders over in a brute show of strength to push the lead out to 18.

“It’s almost unfair when Mitchell gets there and moves,” Voss said.

“He is one of the most damaging players in the game of rugby league.”

MATCH PREVIEW

Australia take on Lebanon in a blockbuster World Cup quarterfinal at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.

All eyes will be on the rematch between Grand Final halfbacks Nathan Cleary and Mitchell Moses.

Cleary has won the battle with Daly Cherry-Evans for the halfback role, but is battling illness so Australia will carry the Manly captain on the bench as cover.

Coach Mal Meninga confirmed Ben Hunt has been rested, with Harry Grant to play 80 minutes to get his match fitness up.

Skipper James Tedesco and star five-eighth Cameron Munster are carrying niggling injuries and could be rested on the bench once the result is settled.

Isaah Yeo starts at lock with Cameron Murray switching to the bench and Liam Martin partners Angus Crichton in the second row.

Jake Trbojevic and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will start at prop, while Valentine Holmes shifts to wing to allow Jack Wighton to play in the centres alongside Latrell Mitchell.

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Nathan Cleary will start at halfback for Australia.Source: Getty Images

Australia will be sweating on the fitness of a few players after Meninga confirmed a virus had struck the team in the build-up to the quarterfinal.

“We have a few guys who are a little bit crook at the moment with a virus and a bit of gastro… Most teams have had to endure that,” Meninga told Fox League’s preview show.

Lebanon will field star duo Moses and Adam Doueihi in their halves, while Bulldogs young gun Jacob Kiraz is at fullback.

Josh Mansour is fresh off a hat-trick on one wing, while Abbas Miski is on the other and both will be vital if Lebanon are to keep in touch with Australia.

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Mitchell Moses will drive Lebanon’s charge in the quarterfinal.Source: Getty Images

Lebaon coach Michael Cheika is looking for an upset win before turning his attention to Argentina’s clash with England in his rugby union role a day later at Twickenham.

It sets the scene for a mouth-watering clash with the winner to face the winner of New Zealand’s clash with Fiji in the semi-final.

TEAMS

Australia: 1. James Tedesco 4. Valentine Holmes 10. Jack Wighton 8. Latrell Mitchell 9. Josh Addo-Carr 7. Cameron Munster 14. Nathan Cleary 5. Jake Trbojevic 20. Harry Grant 18. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 17. Angus Crichton 21. Liam Martin 24. Isaah Yeo 2. Daly Cherry-Evans 13. Patrick Carrigan 11. Cameron Murray 15. Lindsay Collins 19. Campbell Graham

Lebanon: 1. Jacob Kiraz 2. Josh Mansour 4. Brandon Morkos 16. Reece Robinson 5. Abbas Miski 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Mitchell Moses 13. James Roumanos 14. Anthony Layoun 19. Khalil Rahme 11. Elie El Zakhem 12. Charbel Tasipale 15. Andrew Kazzi 9. Mikey Tannous 18. Khaled Rajab 17. Jalal Bazzaz 20. Jaxson Rahme 3. Bilal Maarbani

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