Jake Maizen’s hat-trick helps Italy stun Scotland in Rugby League World Cup

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  • Rugby League World Cup Pool B: Scotland 4-28 Italy
  • Pool C: New Zealand 34-12 Lebanon, Jamaica 2-48 Ireland

Jake Maizen scored the first hat‑trick of the Rugby League World Cup as Italy, playing a first international game for three years, produced a magnificent team display to keepalive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages with a 28-4 win over Scotland.

Italy’s last fixture was a qualifier for this very tournament in November 2019, with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the ability of Leo Epifania’s side to play regularly. On this display, though, the Azzurri will be hopeful of becoming a regular presence in European rugby league.

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Written by Aaron Bower
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/16/scotland-italy-rugby-league-world-cup-match-report under the title “Jake Maizen’s hat-trick helps Italy stun Scotland in Rugby League World Cup”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.