Arguably the most exciting and highly-anticipated pool match on the schedule, Lebanon and Ireland should be a belter with the winner likely to advance to the knockout stages and the loser heading out.
This is probably the most even matchup of the pool rounds and there is plenty on the line here.
The Luke Keary-led Ireland were sensational in putting Jamaica to the sword 48-2. That final score flattered Jamaica with the Wolfhounds missing six shots on goal. Ireland were relentless, particularly through the middle.
Lebanon were gutsy against New Zealand in Michael Cheika’s Rugby League debut. It was a comfortable cover. There is no doubt a concern though about the suspension of Adam Doueihi.
Ireland look value here laying less than a try. They have far more depth than Lebanon and a pack that is predominantly Super League talent.
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Abbas Miski scored nine tries in nine games for Wigan this year and then scored in the Cedars clash with the Kiwis.
Ed Chamberlain scored against Jamaica and is coming off his most prolific tryscoring season.
Brendan O’Hagan started for Ireland in the opener and is likely to do so again after a livewire performance that saw him score a try. Lebanon are most likely to be vulnerable down the middle and O’Hagan can take advantage of a rolling Wolfhounds pack.