How Rugby League World Cup finals shape up

Steve Zemek
AAP

GUIDE TO THE RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP KNOCKOUT STAGE

FRIDAY, November 17

QF 1: Australia v Samoa at TIO Stadium, Darwin, 8.30pm AEDT

Slater wil play a big part for Kangaroos in quarter. Pic: Getty

The Aussies have been in second gear during the group stage but expect them to run out their best 17 and make a point. Samoa, meanwhile, have been underwhelming and advanced to the quarters despite not winning a game.

SATURDAY, November 18

QF 2: Tonga v Lebanon at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 3pm AEDT

Just how far can Tonga go in this tournament? After upsetting New Zealand, they'll be dreaming of a final against Australia and will be favourites against the Cedars. Lebanon didn't disgrace themselves in their 34-0 loss to Australia but will need to find another gear or two.

QF 3: New Zealand v Fiji at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 5.30pm AEDT

This is a test of character for the Kiwis. After suffering a historic loss at the hands of tier-two nation Tonga on the weekend, they need to find a way to lift themselves off the canvas. Jarryd Hayne's Fiji cruised through the group stage and face their first real test of the tournament.

SUNDAY, November 19

QF 4: England v Papua New Guinea at AAMI Park, Melbourne, 4pm AEDT

What can Wayne Bennett's England side muster? They're on the favourable side of the draw and can't meet Australia until the final. The Kumuls have played with plenty of heart but haven't faced a test like this during the World Cup so far.

SEMI-FINALS

Friday, November 24 - winner of QF1 v winner of QF3 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Saturday, November 25 - winner of QF2 v winner of QF4 at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland.

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