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Samoa vs Papau New Guinea
2019 Oceania Cup, Pool B, Game 1
|Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Samoa||Papua New Guinea|
|TRY - J.Luai||4'|
|CON - J.Isaako||5'|
|TRY - J.Aloiai||21'|
|CON - J.Isaako||22'|
|29'||TRY - T.Wapi|
|30'||CON - R.Martin|
|TRY - J.Paulo||65'|
|CON - J.Isaako||67'|
|TRY - C.Harris-Tavita||75'|
|CON - J.Isaako||77'|
A strong Samoa side look to end a three-year winless run against Papua New Guinea in an intriguing clash at Leichardt Oval. Join The Roar for live coverage of the event from 7:55pm AEST.
Samoa’s team has been bolstered by the defection of Kiwi representatives Martin Taupau and Jamayne Isaako, while Anthony Milford will captain the side in the halves.
Papua New Guinea have named several Test debutants including 18-year-old uncapped Brisbane Bronco Xavier Coates, man of the match in the recent Under 18s State of Origin.
Surprisingly, this will be only the second time these two sides have faced off against each other.
Despite Samoa’s strong favouritism with the bookies, the form lines of both sides going into this one has been quite divergent.
These two sides both made the quarter-finals of the 2017 World Cup, but their respective paths could not have been more different
Papua New Guinea won every match in Group C and topped the group comfortably, off the back of some raucous home support in Port Moresby.
Samoa limped over the line, qualifying third in Group B despite not winning a game and being thrashed by Australia in the Darwin quarter-final.
Since then, the form ledger has remained the same. Samoa were easily accounted for by Tonga in last year’s Polynesian Cup, while PNG scored a surprise win over Fiji on the Gold Coast.
What has changed this year is personnel. The Kumuls have lost star half Watson Boas to Doncaster in the English Championship, while the inclusion of Kiwis enforcer Martin Taupau will add some firepower to an already strong Samoan pack.
Samoa’s star-studded forward pack should be too strong for Papua New Guinea in tonight’s clash. PNG will need to nullify this advantage if they are to have any chance this evening.
Samoa by 16.
Venue: Leichardt Oval
Kick-off: 7:55pm (AEST)
TV Coverage: GEM, Fox League
Streaming Coverage: Foxtel Go, KAYO Sports, 9Now, Watch NRL
Betting: Samoa $1.11, PNG $6.25
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Marion Seve 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Anthony Milford 8. Junior Paulo 9. Jarome Luai 10. James Gavet 11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 12. Jaydn Sua 13. Martin Taupau 14. Mason Lino 15. Michael Chee Kam 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Fa’amanu Brown
Papua New Guinea
1. Edene Gebbie 2. Junior Rau 3. Brandon Nima 4. Xavier Coates 5. Terry Wapi 6. Edwin Ipape 7. Kyle Laybutt 8. Enoch Maki 9. James Segeyaro 10. Luke Page 11. Rhyse Martin 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Zev John 16. Rhadley Brawa 17. Stanton Albert 18. Bernard Lewis
Referees: Adam Gee
Sideline Officials: Dave Munro, Nick Morel
Video Referees: Henry Perenara, Bryan Norrie
Head to Head: Samoa 1, Papua New Guinea 0