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Rugby League World Cup Final 2008
25 October-22 November 2008
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Papua New Guinea's players line up for the national anthems

PNG 6-46 Australia: The Kumuls go into the match as huge underdogs, but their pride in the jersey is clear from the off

The PNG defence wraps up Australia second rower Anthony Tupou

The Kumuls defend ferociously early on to restrict Australia to handful of tries rather than the expected avalanche

David Moore makes an important tap tackle on Anthony Watmough to deny Australia a certain try

PNG's attitude is summed up by David Moore's brilliant tap tackle on Anthony Watmough to prevent a certain try

David Moore drives forward from dummy-half for PNG

Moore enjoys a fine all-round game as PNG refuse to be cowed by their illustrious opponents

PNG enforcer Neville Costigan puts in a tackle on Terry Campese

Terry Campese, nephew of union legend David, makes his Test debut for Australia but is forced off with an eye injury

David Williams scorches down the touchline to score his hat-trick try

Australia's class ends up showing on the scoreboard, with debutant winger David Williams crossing for a fine hat-trick

Australia captain Cameron Smith waves to the crowd after the final hooter

Australia seal a comfortable win by eight tries to one, and head to the semi-finals in confident mood

Stanley Gene is carried off the field on the shoulders of his team-mates after calling time on his PNG career

But the real story of the day is PNG's brave display, with veteran Stanley Gene calling time on his international career in superb style

Samoa captain Tony Puleta leads his team in the pre-match haka

France 10-42 Samoa. Few predicted these two sides to be fighting it out for ninth and 10th place after finishing bottom of their groups

Francis Meli leaves French defenders in his wake on his way to the tryline

France are off the pace as Samoa cross for five first-half tries, including this one from Francis Meli

Tony Puleta crosses for Samoa's final try of the game

And captain Tony Puleta rounds off a convincing win with their eighth try late in the match



see also
PNG 6-46 Australia
09 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
France 10-42 Samoa
09 Nov 08 |  Rugby League


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