Papua New Guinea vs Ireland: Rugby League World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

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    PNG vs Ireland

    2017 Rugby League World Cup

    Papua New Guinea National Football Stadium
    PNG Ireland
    14 SCORE 6
    3 Tries 1
    1 Conversions 1
    0 Penalty Goals 0
    0 Field Goals 0

    Match result:

    Papua New Guinea have taken the next step towards a quarter-finals berth with an eight-point win over Ireland in the second week of the Rugby League World Cup.

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    Final score
    Papua New Guinea 14
    Ireland 6

    Match preview:

    The Papua New Guinea Kumuls play host to Ireland in a crucial second-round encounter in Port Moresby. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5pm (AEDT).

    After the heroics of the Irish last week against the highly preferred Italians, they come to Port Moresby with much hope and a real chance of moving through to the quarter-final stage with a win against the home side.

    That home ground advantage cannot be understated in this clash with a jam-packed PNG National Football Stadium playing host to the contest.

    It will be noisy, frantic and passionate, and both teams will need composure to secure a victory that essentially puts either side through to the quarter-finals.

    Liam Finn will be the key once again for the Irish and his performance against Italy really showed his class.

    The big forwards worked tirelessly in the heat of Cairns and the Irish will be hoping for something a little milder in terms of weather after the oppression of the sub-tropics. If Finn is able to steer the ship as he did in Cairns the visitors might be able to shock the home side.

    For Papua New Guinea, they are not short on talent and racked up the half-century against the Welsh in their opening match.

    NRL star and captain David Mead showed his class with a hat-trick yet they will also look towards Nene Macdonald and James Segeyaro to provide the steadying influence required against a well-disciplined Irish team.

    It is hard to see the Irish winning this one. With local support and some real class across the backline, they could struggle to contain the Kumuls who are a dangerous team when they find their rhythm. After a tight opening twenty, the home side will kick away score heavily in the second half.

    Papua New Guinea 36, Ireland 14

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    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.

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    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      My apologies, Connor Bennett is looking after the game in Townsville. Should be a good game and Fiji could rack up a score.

    • 7:20pm
      Peter said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      First the Hunters gave me heart palpitations, today if was the Kumuls. What were they thinking, if anything? Still, at least they got the win.
      One-out bashing it up may be fun, but it doesn’t win games. PNG will have to be a great deal better than the Irish let them be.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 7:14pm | ! Report

      Don’t forget to jump over to Scott Pryde’s coverage of the Fiji vs Wales clash to end the weekend. The Roar’s number one caller will be looking for a better standard of ball control and keeping a close eye on the human headline, Jarryd Hayne.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 7:13pm | ! Report

      I am not really sure what to say about the game we have just witnessed in the 2107 Rugby League World Cup.
      The home crowd in Port Moresby turned up to cheer on their heroes, expecting a comfortable victory that would see their team through to the quarter-finals.
      What they ended up seeing was a mistake ridden match with little composure shown by either team and a disappointing spectacle all-round.
      Ireland were impressive early, grabbing the first try and the conversion with a strong wind at their back. Scott Grix was again the inspiration and the early cracks in the Kumul’s composure were evident.
      Looking fragile due to countless errors and unstructured attack, Papua New Guinea found the line twice and managed to head to the break with a slender lead despite not being able to convert either try.
      The second half was a continuation of the error ridden first with neither team seemingly able to take control, grind out sets and put their stamp on the game.
      Looking like scoreless second period, it was somewhat fitting that a dropped ball at the death led to a Watson Boas toeing through and a try in the 79th minute.
      Whilst an exciting contest. PNG would have been hoping for a little more quality in their performance. With almost forty errors from both teams and twenty from the Kumuls, there is much to work on as they march toward a quarter-final against a much stronger opponent than the Irish.
      Final score
      PNG 14 IRELAND 6

      • 7:19pm
        Sean said | 7:19pm | ! Report

        ‘dissapointing spectacle all around’

        I disagree. Yes the ball control was terrible. But it reminded me of local club footy. No special plays, no similar setups. Just individuals having a crack. Amazing Ireland lasted that well in that humidity.

    • Roar Guru

      Nat said | 7:03pm | ! Report

      Bloody hell! Without making excuses, that wind must have been atrocious. You could see the ball moving in the air when passed causing some issues in control. Was waiting for PNG coach Marum to scream at the Boas Bros to settle it down. Ireland kept coming with big hits until the end.

      • Columnist

        Stuart Thomas said | 7:15pm | ! Report

        What a bizarre game. Awful to watch at times, yet compelling all the same.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 7:01pm | ! Report

      What a bizarre game of football. Match report to follow in ten minutes.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 7:00pm | ! Report

      FINAL SCORE PNG 14 Ireland 6

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 6:59pm | ! Report

      ’80 No more time for the Irish to steal a win and the game is done and dusted.

    • Roar Pro

      Ben Lewis said | 6:58pm | ! Report

      I still can’t fathom why the RLIF would make the decision to let PNG host all 3 pool matches in their own country, in a World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Error count disgraceful by both sides but you’ve got to wonder if PNG would have performed as well as they have at a neutral venue.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 6:58pm | ! Report

      The conversion is successful.

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