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3 hours ago | Tim Costello
Papua New Guinea have a made a statement in their opening World Cup match with a 10 try demolish of Wales after a 50-6 victory at Port Moresby in front of a sell out crowd.
PNG made it a one-sided game early on with David Mead scroring a double inside the first 10 minutes and unsually Ase Boas missed both the conversions and subsequently was replaced in the goal kicking role.
Wales were being dominated in both attack and in defence by Papua New Guinea but it took until the 22nd minute score their third try of the match when he fought his way over to score and despite a live decision of No Try by Ben Cummins onfield, the Video Referee Jared Maxwell was happy that Nene McDonald had grounded the ball and PNG had their third of the afternoon.
Kato Ottio and Wellington Albert got two more tries in the last five minutes of the first half and after Rhyse Martin converted both efforts Papua New Guinea took a 26-0 lead into half time.
The second half was more of the same for Papua New Guinea with another 5 tries in the second 40. PNG opened the second half scoring through their Bulldogs second rower Rhyse Martin who also scored his second just nine minutes after he scored his first despite only converting one of his efforts.
The Kumuls then scored another 3 tries within 18 minutes with Justin Olam, Paul Aiton adding their names to the score sheet as well as David Mead's third of the game.
After the siren Wales got their name on the scoresheet after a Hail Mary kick was put down by Garry Lo and an 80th minute try was all that Wales could manage in Port Moresby.
Next weekend, Papua New Guinea have a tough match against Ireland again in Port Moresby meanwhile Wales take on Fiji in Townsville.
Papua New Guinea 50 - Wales 6
Venue: Oil Search National Football Stadium
Halftime Score: Papua New Guinea 26 Wales 0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Rhyse Martin
2 points - Ase Boas
1 points - David Mead
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (50)
Tries: David Mead (3), Nene Macdonald, Rhyse Martin (2), Kato Ottio, Wellington Albert, Justin Olam, Paul Aiton
Conversions: Ase Boas (0/2), Rhyse Martin (5/8)
Tries: Regan Grace
Conversions: Courtney Davies (1/1)