Australia appear to be marching to yet another World Cup win but they will get no easy task against a very plucky Lebanon team that have built a reputation for toughness.
There is no doubt at all that Australia will win this game but Lebanon have been dramatically underrated in line betting.
A fun fact about the Cedars: they have played seven World Cups games and they have covered seven World Cup games.
This is a hard-nosed outfit who primarily play in Sydney. They lack the class and depth of Australia but miss nothing when it comes to toughness, both mental and physical, and fitness. There is also some topline talent there including Mitch Moses, Adam Doueihi, Abbas Miski, Josh Mansour and Jacob Kiraz.
From the Australian perspective, it may also be a case of too many cooks. The decision to play Daly Cherry-Evans off the bench is strange and is likely to inhibit Nathan Cleary.
These two met at the 2017 World Cup and Australia won just 34-0. A similar scoreline would not surprise.
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Latrell Mitchell has 55 tries in 72 games at centre and has crossed in his last five when in the three-quarter line.
Angus Crichton has scored in both World Cup games, crossed in the PM’s XIII clash and scored six tries in his last eight NRL games.
Mitchell Moses is an excellent runner of the ball and if Lebanon are to breach Australia’s line it will come on the back of a moment of individual brilliance. Moses scored last game and comes off his best tryscoring season where he crossed for seven four-pointers,