Rugby League World Cup 2017: Jillaroos thrash England in World Cup showdown

A biting allegation against Jillaroos centre Isabelle Kelly has marred Australia's thumping 38-0 win over England.

Chantelle Crowl made an on-field complaint against Kelly late in the first half on Sunday after making a tackle on the Australian, before the ground manager ran onto the field and took a photograph of the Englishwoman's forearm.

A match-review committee consisting of former NRL referee Steve Clark, Bruce Wallace and John Coates will look at the incident at 9am on Monday, and decide whether or not to refer it to a hearing.

Should a hearing be required, it will take place at NSW Rugby League headquarters at 5pm on Monday. The allegation puts Kelly in doubt for Australia's next match, against Canada on Wednesday.

Crowl's allegation against Kelly follows two similar incidents at the Rugby league World Cup. Robbie Farah accused Englshman Jermaine McGillvary earlier this month, while Welsh forward Ben Evans claimed Papua New Guinea's Wellington Albert had bitten his forearm in his side's tournament opener.

Both men were subsequently cleared.

Australia's second strong win in four days rubber-stamped their passage to the semi-finals, and reiterated their standing as tournament favourites, although it ended sourly when co-captain Renae Kunst was helped from the field late on with what looked to be an ankle injury.

England struggled to find any of the fluency they demonstrated in beating PNG 36-8 on Thursday while the home side stepped up another gear after their tournament-opening trouncing of minnows Cook Islands.

This was a much stronger Jillaroos outfit than that which downed the Cook Islands. Co-captains Kunst and Ruan Sims were back in the fray, as were Heather Ballinger, Chelsea Baker, Corban McGregor and Elianna Walton.

Five-eighth Ali Brigginshaw starred again, pulling the strings in attack and controlling proceedings with her deft kicking game.

Fullback Sam Bremner was rested again, allowing livewire Nakia Davis-Welsh another stint in the No.1 jersey and she excelled, scoring another breathtaking try.

She stormed into open air after receiving an offload on halfway, then was required to fend off Faye Gaskin en route to the try line, reminiscent of when Mal Meninga swatted away Jarrod McCracken in the 1994 grand final.

Nakia-Welsh was one of seven Jillaroos to cross the stripe as the spoils were evenly spread once more, much like they had been against the Cooks.

Kelly was the first to cross, reaching out to ground the ball in the left corner after seven minutes.

Davis-Welsh's heroics followed before Meg Ward benefited from Brigginshaw's talents, finishing off an overlap out wide.

Chelsea Baker and Elianna Walton crossed late in the first half before Kezie Apps and Caitlin Moran chimed in, and Ward grabbed a second.

Australia 38 (Ward 2, Kelly, Davis-Welsh, Baker, Walton, Apps, Moran tries, Baker 2, Moran goals) def England 0

This story first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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