The focus post-game should be on the historic win by the USA Tomahawks led by Joseph Paulo’s stellar game – they won 32-20 against the Cook Islands – but instead, due to a technical glitch worldwide, the game was not shown live as initially planned but instead, it was delayed.
With the game not live, fans had no way in which to watch the game, leaving many fans distressed and angry, as the official Twitter account for the competition stated why the game was not live.
“There’s a technical issue with the TV feed on Premier Sports. They’re working hard to resolve it. We’ll let you know more when we can.”
Although many would have preferred the game to be live, it was eventually shown as the issue was sorted, albeit on delay by around 15 minutes.
“The issues this morning are being experienced all over the world not just @7Sport it is a major error from host broadcaster IMG,” Ryan Phelan, host of Seven’s World Cup coverage, tweeted.
In regards to the onfield action, it was a man-of-the-match performance from Tomahawks five-eighth Joseph Paulo that won the game for the US – he plays for the Parramatta Eels – as they got off to the perfect start in the competition.
For coach Terry Matterson – the USA’s third coach in the space of a few months – he was pleased that his side got the win.
“I don’t get overly emotional,” said Matterson.
“But with these guys and what they’ve done in the last three weeks, it’s really been quite amazing,” added the North Queensland assistant coach and one-time NSW State of Origin representative.
“…They have come together, they did not know each well at all and they went through some adversity.
“But we had a good trial win in France and we have had a great time together and I am so proud of these guys.
“All credit to them, it’s a real shot in the arm for US rugby league.”