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The USA Tomahawks are a step closer to qualifying for the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals after defeating Wales 24-16 in front of a packed crowd at Wrexham.

Despite some early pressure from the Tomahawks, Wales scores the first try after Rhys Williams made a break down the left side before releasing to Christiaan Roets who touched over the line.

But their lead lasted only another three minutes after poor discipline and a penalty saw a quick ball form Joseph Paulo land in Clint Newtons hands, leading to the Tomahawks scoring.

Paulo then set up the following Tomahawks try, after finding remarkable space on the wing before passing to Peterson who found the white line.

After setting up the first two tries, Sefa then scored the next himself, after a fumble under the high ball from Wales.

After taking a 12-4 lead into the second half, the Tomahawks continued the pressure, with Newton scoring his second try of the game, converted by Paulo to extend the lead to 20-4.

Wales rallied late in the game, scoring two tries through Roets and Anthony Walker after entering the game from the bench - but the USA side was too far out of reach.

Terry Matterson's US side faces Scotland in Salford on Friday morning, confident of advancing to the quarter-finals after two wins out of two.

Wales will conclude their World Cup campaign against the Cook Islands in Neath next Monday morning.

USA 24 (Newton (2), Petersen, Paulo, Samoa tries, Paulo 2 goals)


Wales 16 (Roets (2), Walker tries, White 2 goals)

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