New Zealand 48-6 Papua New Guinea Match report
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1055: Well, that is just about it from me after a confidence-building win for New Zealand. Papua New Guinea, barring a miracle (beating Australia), are effectively out.
If you're anything like me, then the excitementometer is moving into the red zone ahead of Sunday's big game between England and Australia in Melbourne. Phil Harlow will be taking you through that one.
1053: "The Kiwis look good in comparison to England against Papua New Guinea. England will finish third in their group I reckon."
Ed, Warrington, via text on 8111
FULL-TIME New Zealand 48-6 Papua New Guinea
A much better performance from the Kiwis. Isaac Luke was extremely impressive coming off the bench, with Thomas Leuluai finally found some form. If the Kumuls bashed England around last weekend, then they found the collision a lot tougher against NZ. Credit must go to PNG, who never stopped running, but they were, frankly, out classed.
79 mins: New Zealand almost score with the final play of the night. Sam Perrett really should do so but he knocks on as he tries to collect the ball two yards from the PNG line.
78 mins: New Zealand 48-6 Papua New Guinea
The Kiwis haven't seen much of the ball for a couple of minutes but as soon as they do Nathan Cayless plays in Greg Eastwood, who surges to the line from 30 metres. Krisnan Inu converts.
75 mins: A knock-on hands another set to the Kumuls, who have not stopped trying, with the irrepressible Stanley Gene still full of running. Sort of.
73 mins: An interception by Neville Costigan offers some respite for the Kumuls.
71 mins: New Zealand 42-6 Papua New Guinea
David Moore cannot collect a high kick into the corner under pressure from Krisnan Inu and the ball drops to Sam Perrett, who crosses. The video ref spends an age looking for a knock-on by Perrett but a benefit of the doubt try is eventually awarded. A good conversion from Krisnan Inu.
68 mins: New Zealand 36-6 Papua New Guinea
Thomas Leuluai sends a short pass to front rower Adam Blair, who knocks a couple of PNG players out of the way before scoring a deserved try. Krisnan Inu converts.
65 mins: The Kumuls are starting to look tired but nonetheless put a lot of energy into an attacking set and force a goal-line drop out when the ball touches Lance Hohaia before going dead. The following drop out bounces and goes into touch, giving NZ head and feed at a scrum.
62 mins: George Kepa takes a high ball and is then smothered by several Kiwi players and dragged into this own try zone. The NZ team looked very energised and Manu Vatuvei crosses out wide. Alas, the effort is ruled out for offside.
59 mins: New Zealand 30-6 Papua New Guinea
Nathan Fien, in the first receiver role, slips the ball to David Fa'alogo, who barges over. The video referee rules that there was no obstruction on Stanley Gene. Issac Luke misses a fairly straightforward kick.
55 mins: New Zealand 26-6 Papua New Guinea
PNG had been making a pretty good fist of things but any hope of an unlikely comeback is quickly snuffed out when a barnstorming run from Issac Luke, jinking this way and that past several players, sees him cross for NZ's first try of the half. Krisnan Inu misses the conversion.
51 mins: Awesome defence from the Kumuls as four players bundle Sam Perrett into touch.
49 mins: The Kiwis kick the ball dead from the restart but then the Kumuls fail to find touch, with Manu Vatuvei collecting the ball. Poor all round.
48 mins: New Zealand 22-6 Papua New Guinea
A cracking try from the Kumuls, plenty of spectacular off loading - one in particular from Neville Costigan close to the floor- ends with David Moore coming back on the inside to cross. Great stuff. John Wilshere adds the extras.
46 mins: Kiwi back chat - what happens? Ganson is on it straight away.
45 mins: How many knock-ons can you have in one sequence of play? Eventually Thomas Leuluai, who has played pretty well so far, comes up with the ball. PNG winger George Kapa brilliantly defuses a high kick.
42 mins: David Moore loses the ball in the tackle and the Kiwis are over the try line in a matter of seconds. However, the effort is ruled out for a forward pass.
40 mins: The match resumes. Benji Marshall has been withdrawn with a tight hamstring. Apparently it is more precautionary than anything. The Kiwis, of course, play England next weekend.
0957: Almost time for the match to resume. Cannot see PNG turning this one around. Still, we might see some thunderous hits with the outside chance of some pushing and shoving.
0955: "Hmm this looks like a landslide. This makes England's performance look even shakier in the first match. I pray to God it was just a blip and we don't get slaughtered by the Aussies on Sunday."
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0950: Don't forget, it is the big one in Melbourne on Sunday at the brave England lads take on the Kangaroos. But where will the game be won and lost?
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0948: "The winner of this game is already decided. It's damage limitation for PNG now."
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HALF-TIME: New Zealand 22-0 Papua New Guinea
39 mins: The Kiwis twice surrender the ball to PNG in the minutes before the break. PNG stand-off Keith Peters kicks high and early and three Kumuls set off in pursuit but the bounce of the ball favours the Kiwis. It has been that sort of game.
37 mins: Greg Eastwood charges down Keith Peters' kick but PNG come up with the ball and have another set. A nice step from left winger David Moore almost puts him clear. NZ close out the set.
34 mins: New Zealand 22-0 Papua New Guinea
A huge pass out to the right wing by the very busy Benji Marshall is collected by Sam Perrett, who crosses in the corner. This game is over. Krisnan Inu, the grinning kicker, adds the conversion.
32 mins: No, alas. David Moore tries to sneak in at the corner but he is barged into touch by that man Manu Vatuvei. Unit, big one.
30 mins: PNG force a repeat set - can they make it count?
28 mins: John Wilshere just manages to hold a high kick from Thomas Leuluai. Sets are exchanged until referee Ganson is back into the action, penalising a Kiwi player who does not hear his call of "held".
25 mins: New Zealand 16-0 Papua New Guinea
Nathan Fien throws a cracking dummy and is almost over. From the next carry a surging run from Simon Mannering takes him past Jesse Joe Parker and over the line for his second try. All too easy. Krisnan Inu, who grins before he strikes the ball, adds his second conversion.
22 mins Another set for PNG but they seem to lack the intensity they had last week and are losing the collision.
19 mins: PNG have possession in the Kiwi half for the first time in what seems like ages but James Nightingale fails to hold a catch. The Kiwis are in charge of this match.
16 mins: New Zealand 10-0 Papua New Guinea
Jesse Joe Parker comes out of the line and is close to an intercept but he cannot quite hold the ball. From the subsequent set Manu Vatuvei breaks down the right flank before he is eventually brought down. The PNG defence is caught out and Simon Mannering is put through in plenty of space. Krisnan Inu adds the extras.
13 mins: Benji Marshall has been heavily involved so far and a short pass to Jerome Ropati almost results in a try but he is held up. Nathan Fien kicks but it is low and runs dead.
10 mins: New Zealand 4-0 Papua New Guinea
PNG stand-off Stanley Gene kicks early in the tackle count but his kick runs dead. The Kiwis go up the other end and, with the aid of a penalty, create pressure and opening the scoring. NZ brilliantly work the ball right to left with Jerome Ropati crossing in the corner. Krisnan Inu misses the conversion.
8 mins: "Good to have Mr Ganson refereeing again. I don't want to say too much more though in case I get sin binned. I'll just sit quietly."
Matt, Liverpool via text on 81111
"Gutted. Mr Ganson is refereeing and I'm stuck in work. He is by far the most entertaining man at the World Cup! Not sure that's really a good thing..."
Anonymous via text on 81111
7 mins: Quel surprise. Ganson gives PNG a penalty - plus an additional 10 metres for back chat.
5 mins: Adam Blair charges down a kick from Keith Peters and NZ break but a knock-on by a Kiwi player brings the break to an abrupt end.
4 mins: Manu Vatuvei loses the ball but claims interference. Referee Ganson is unmoved. Vatuvei is a scary looking man.
4 mins: New Zealand get through their set and kick downfield. PNG do the same.
0900: The first carry comes from Nathan Cayless, Crash, bang and wallop. Sam Perrett is floored by the second tackle of the match. Not in good shape.
0900: The Kiwis do their Haka. Will a game in this tournament actually start on time?
0857: Esther Uradok knocks out the PNG national anthem. A much better showing that last week's tuneless effort in Townsville. Cherrilee Fuller does likewise with the Kiwi version. How weird does it look to see Wayne Bennett standing to the Kiwi anthem?
0855: "Fiji's performance was the best of the tournament so far, if you've not seen it, you need to watch it today! And I think New Zealand will be up for this after a bit of a shocker against the Aussie's, let's hope they turn up!"
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0852: A banner at the stadium reads: "Battle on the Field, Peace in the World." What truly excellent sentiments.
0850: The merry whistle blower today? Our very own and beloved Steve Ganson. I wonder if the New Zealand and Kumul players have been made aware of his attitude to back chat?
0845: Former Kumuls winger Marcus Bai visited the PNG camp this week and was pretty impressed with what he saw.
"Everyone is proud of the way PNG played last week against England but there is even more potential in this side," said the former Leeds and Bradford winger.
"I see a real spirit in this side, something special."
Those Kiwi lads better be tough as teak or they might end up going backwards at a similar speed to some of the England players last week.
New Zealand: Hohaia; Perrett, Inu, Ropati, Vatuvei; Marshall, Leuluai; Cayless (capt), Fien, Blair, Mannering, Sa, Smith.
Replacements: Luke, Eastwood, Rapira, Fa'alogo.
Papua New Guinea: Wilshere; Kepa, Parker, Maori, Moore; Gene, Peters; Aizue, Aiton, Exton, Costigan, Nightingale, Griffin.
Replacements: Pora, Moni, Chan, Wabo
0830: The NZ v PNG match takes place at the brilliantly named Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
But it isn't the first rugby league World Cup action of the day - and we have already witnessed one sensational performance.
Brace yourself, but Fiji thrashed France 42-6. Incredible.
Fiji 42-6 France
0825 GMT: I'm fascinated by what will happen in this fixture.
New Zealand were very disappointing against Australia - what sort of response will we see from them?
PNG, on the other hand, started very well, giving England a real run for their money.
But they are not used to backing up on a regular basis - will they have the same energy and physicality today?
Let me know what you think.
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