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    England vs Papua New Guinea

    2017 Rugby League World Cup

    Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
    England Papua New Guinea
    36 SCORE 6
    7 Tries 1
    4 Conversions 1
    0 Penalty Goals 0
    0 Field Goals 0

    Match result:

    England have marched into a Rugby League World Cup semi-final showdown with Tonga after an unconvincing 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne.

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    Final score
    England 36
    Papua New Guinea 6

    Match preview:

    England will look to continue their solid Rubgy League World Cup campaign when they tackle the dynamic Papua New Guinea in the last of the four quarter-finals in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for a live blog from 4pm AEDT.

    In what shapes to be as potentially the most intriguing semi final contest, no-one can count on form or reputation, as Fiji showed when they sensationally bundled New Zealand out yesterday.

    We’ll start with PNG.

    Coach Michael Marum has stuck largely with the same group throughout the tournament, and continues to show his faith in that group, with only one change in the stating side. Lachlan Lam is replaced by the experienced Ase Boas at five-eighth, who partners his brother, Watson, in the halves.

    So, consistently few team changes, and three drubbings of Ireland, the USA and Wales respectively. Where do PNG fall down? Travel. They’ve played every game in Port Moresby, buoyed by a strong home crowd. Travelling to Melbourne will be a test… That’s before they run into Wayne Bennett’s men, who have been impressive at times in this tournament.

    England have been good, but not great in this RLWC. Bennett himself has rued on more than one occasion, his side’s tendency to fall off, and ‘go to sleep’ for minutes at a time. They’ll need to turn out a strong eighty-minute performance if they’re to topple PNG, though.

    Wins over France and Lebanon were decisive without being clinical, and their defensive efforts against the Kangaroos were very good without being complete.

    In team news, the biggest inclucsion is Sam Burgess, who returns from a knee injury. Kallum Watkins takes Mark Percival’s place, while Ryan Hall checks in for the hot and cold Stefan Ratchford. The halves are unchanged, and the Widdop fullback experiment continues.

    ‌Where the game will be won
    The hookers. James Segeyaro has arguably been PNG’s best this tournament, and consistently finds holes in attack that others seem to not be able to. However, he runs into Josh Hodgson who has been equally as good.

    In terms of how they hinge for the team, whoever can control their teams go forward, and work efficiently out of dummy half, should see their respective outside backs do the job in a bumper clash.

    Yes, England haven’t turned in the 80-minute performance they’ve been desperately craving, however they ooze class, and have a huge in with Sam Burgess back in the fray. It’ll be a grind, but Bennett’s men will be singing Jerusalem all the way to the semi-finals.

    England by 8.

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    • 6:12pm
      Realist1975 said | 6:12pm | ! Report

      England should beat Tonga and bar no injuries or suspensions or one sided refereeing feel they can beat Australia in the Final. Never underestimate Wayne Bennett. You don’t need to play exceptionally well until the game that counts.

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        Renegade said | 6:29pm | ! Report

        Agree, I’ve thought from the start that the opening match of the tournament will also be the final.

        They have a tonne of improvement left in them, and you’re right about Wayne… if there’s ever been a coach who gets his team to peak when it matters, it’s him.

        Kangaroos are looking ominous though, the other 3 remaining teams have a fair way to go to catch us.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:55pm | ! Report


      Eng 36 – 6 PNG

      Match Result: England have locked in a semi-final against Tonga after an error-riddled 36-6 win over a plucky Papua New Guinea side in Melbourne.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:54pm | ! Report



      Eng 36 – 6 PNG

      It’s a drubbing in the end. Widdop with another try assist as he sucks in two defenders and shovels it to Ryan Hall who scores in the corner. Icing on the cake for Bennett’s men.

      Widdop’s kick is a cracker from on the sideline.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:52pm | ! Report


      Eng 30 – 6 PNG

      Widdop kicks through and Watson Boas does well to stop it – he has to pick it up and he has 80m alone to score… But he spills it. Story of the afternoon, as Eng pack the scrum 10m out.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:51pm | ! Report


      Eng 30 – 6 PNG

      Walmsley with a Nice run, pumping his legs – before Watson Boas is penalised, 20m out bang in front.

      They’ll have a set of six in the red zone.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:50pm | ! Report


      Eng 30 – 6 PNG

      Both sides with more handling errors as things just draw to a close here.

      5 minutes to run here in Melbourne.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:47pm | ! Report


      Eng 30 – 6 PNG

      Kick is away to the left, and England lead by 24.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:46pm | ! Report



      Eng 30 – 6 PNG

      Well, they’ve gone end to end. Widdop kicks to Mcgilvary on the right wing, just a cheeky bomb. The winger climbs high and wins it, tipping it back inside to Kallum Watkins who finishes athletically for his second – suspended in the air.

      Nice finish, and England look the goods.

      Kick is another tough one from Widdop’s bad sideline.

    • Roar Rookie

      William Dalton Davis said | 5:45pm | ! Report

      Commentators are having a laugh aren’t they? That was a neat picture perfect example of an obstruction.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:44pm | ! Report


      TRY PNG! (TMO)

      Eng 26 – 6 PNG

      England can’t control the kick off, and PNG have a scrum.

      They dish right and BOY OH BOY that is class!!!

      Boas shows and goes, and gives to brother Ase… Garry Lo flicks it back inside where Stanton Albert crashes over…

      Oh. It’s been overruled for obstruction on replay. Soft – but it is what it is.

      England clear and they have it on halfway with Tom Burgess.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:40pm | ! Report



      Eng 26 – 6 PNG

      PNG kick poorly again on the 5th, Segeyaro’s kicking has been bad today. Widdop tidies up, and shifts right to Mcgilvary who breaks the line, makes 40m and dishes inside to Kallum Watkins who runs 50m untouched to score. That’ll be the ball game.

      Kick is over from in front.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 5:36pm | ! Report


      Eng 20 – 6 PNG

      Kick through, and Amean cleans up. He’ll win an Oscar for his dive and performance in slowing down the play the ball while his teammates retreat. Naturally, the English aren’t all that happy.

      Anyway, the Kumuls only make 20m with their 5 tackles, and Boas kicks as far as Widdop on his 30m. He returns, and as I type, is taken on halfway – first tackle.

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