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08/11/13 - World Cup Match 16: New Zealand v Papua New Guinea

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • New Zealand by 13 points or more
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    • New Zealand by 7 to 12 points
      0
    • New Zealand by 1 to 6 points
      0
    • Draw
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    • Papua New Guinea by 1 to 6 points
      2
    • Papua New Guinea by 7 to 12 points
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    • Papua New Guinea by 13 points or more
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Discuss World Cup Match 16: New Zealand v Papua New Guinea here.

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NZ to win no idea of the score,but I will have been back in the country and home town Leeds for about 36 hours,hope I'm not too jetlagged.Really looking forward to it

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Infiltrating the South Stand for this clash between two Rugby League authentics. The results not in doubt only the size of the Kiwi victory margin.  Still a PNG side oin the Queensland Cup shortly is a start

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Of the southern Hemisphere Minnows the Kumuls look least likely to trouble NZ.

 

Having said that they are the only Minnow side to defeat NZ in a test ( circa 85-86-87ish my memory is fading ).

 

I don't see them posing the same threat as Fiji will offer England.

 

This is one game where I will be cheering on the opposition ( PNG ) for my love of international footy they are my secound team.

 

GO PNG !!!!! hope you can take my Kiwi's scalp in a shock upset lads ....

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Having said that they are the only Minnow side to defeat NZ in a test ( circa 85-86-87ish my memory is fading ).

 

 

 

1986 according to wiki.

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Will be watching this from behind the sofa. Surely PNG can't be as bad as they were against Samoa. I fear that we'll see the first 50 point plus score.

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Will be watching this from behind the sofa. Surely PNG can't be as bad as they were against Samoa. I fear that we'll see the first 50 point plus score.

 

You could be right, but one thing the Kumuls do not lack is pride and passion (especially after the poor showing v Samoa).  I'd say NZ by 24 in a free flowing game.  looking forward to watching from the South Stand.

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Sonny Bill Williams will return to action for defending world champions New Zealand and Kieran Foran will captain his country when the Kiwis take on Papua New Guinea.

Williams missed the Kiwis' second match against France at the Rugby League World Cup and is one of six changes to the team that won in Avignon to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Foran will lead the team for the second time, after doing the job against the Kangaroos in the Anzac Test earlier in the year, while regular skipper Simon Mannering earns a week on the sidelines.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Frank Pritchard are also rested for Friday's match (Saturday morning NZT), with Pritchard given time to get over a few minor knocks.

"Frank has a cork above his knee and a bit of a sore ankle. I thought it would be best to give him a break," coach Stephen Kearney said.

 

Williams and Jesse Bromwich come into the starting line-up at Headingley while Elijah Taylor is promoted from the bench with Sam Moa taking his place in the replacements.

In the backs Manu Vatuvei, Dean Whare and Joss Hoffman return with Jason Nightingale, Kevin Locke and Krisnan Inu rested.

After the match every player in the 24-man squad with the exception of injured Thomas Leuluai will have featured in the tournament.

Team: Josh Hoffman, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare, Bryson Goodwin, Manu Vatuvei, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Ben Matulino, Issac Luke, Jesse Bromwich, Alex Glenn, Sonny Bill Williams, Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: Sam Moa, Sam Kasiano, Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, Greg Eastwood, Jason Nightingale, Simon Mannering (two to be omitted).

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Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-Kiwis-name-squad-to-play-PNG-in-Rugby-League-World-Cup-2013/tabid/415/articleID/320352/Default.aspx#ixzz2juxT2sdt

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PNG will have to show some fight, or they might not get a very pleasant welcome home.

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PNG will have to show some fight, or they might not get a very pleasant welcome home.

I hope they take a page out of Fiji's notebook. Leave the big hits out of it and play controlled patient football.

 

Fiji hit Ireland in the traditional fashion , but then adapted to playing steady footy against Aussie , It worked out better for them than the big hits 40 + point hiding stuff.

 

PNG should play controlled agression , If your'e going to hit hard , hit low.

 

Otherwise I worry about this pressure thing that comes from worrying about how your fans will react.

 

It didn't help the Columbian Soccer team , getting shot up .....or in PNG's case chopped up...when you get home.... it's counter productive.

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Leeds have announced that over 16,500 tickets have been sold so far. Should be a great night!

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This 100-strong "army of poets" is an unusual idea for pre-match build-up. I'd be interested to hear from anyone attending the game on how this went.

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If PNG win and Samoa win then France are out

That wouldn't be a bad thing, France deserve nothing.

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PNG have good Coaches and hopefully they have sorted out the problems from their last game.

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I'm going - can anybody help with regard to somewhere reasonable to park, not too far away as I am taking someone in a wheelchair.

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I'm going - can anybody help with regard to somewhere reasonable to park, not too far away as I am taking someone in a wheelchair.

Try contacting the club,they may be able to help.

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What's the weather looking like in Leeds?

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On my way up from London for this one. Am expecting the Kiwis to put 50+ on PNG, who I doubt will score. I think the real difference in class between the sides will be shown. Hope that PNG throw the ball about and try and entertain, rather than worry about winning, once they are well behind after 20mins.

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PNG were always going to struggle against the Kiwis. But how is it fair that the Kiwis get an extra 2 days recovery over the Kumuls?

 

I think the organisers need to have a long look at the fixture scheduling for the next comp as a lot of the lesser teams have been fairly shafted by the match frequency they were allocated. If you are going to make teams play 3 fixtures in 9 days, then you need to allow bigger squads.

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You're always going to have issues like this. There is a need to get the big nations on the weekend for TV deals, and to be honest, not sure an extra day or two would make much difference to PNG. I think the scheduling has worked out well.

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