1986 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia and Papua New Guinea

The 1986 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia and Papua New Guinea was a tour by the New Zealand national rugby league team. Test matches were played in New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea. The tour began on 6 July in Auckland and finished on 17 August in Port Moresby, consisted of five test matches, with two of them counting towards the 1985-88 World Cup.

After having lost 18–0 to the Kiwis at Carlaw Park in the 3rd test of the 1985 series, Australia won the 1986 series 3–0. New Zealand then continued their tour to Papua New Guinea. In Papua New Guinea they won the first test against Papua New Guinea 36–26. They then lost the second test match 22–24, a match which counted towards the 1988 World Cup.

SquadsEdit

AustraliaEdit

Australia was coached for the first time by 1956–57 Kangaroo Tourist Don Furner. Wally Lewis was the captain of the team with Wayne Pearce the team vice captain.

The players used by Australia in the series was: Wally Lewis (Wynnum Manly) (c), Wayne Pearce (Balmain) (vc), Noel Cleal (Manly Warringah), Steve Folkes (Canterbury-Bankstown), Garry Jack (Balmain), Brett Kenny (Parramatta), Les Kiss (North Sydney), Terry Lamb (Canterbury-Bankstown), Gene Miles (Wynnum Manly), Bryan Niebling (Redcliffe), Michael O'Connor (St George), Steve Roach (Balmain), Dale Shearer (Manly-Warringah), Royce Simmons (Penrith), Peter Sterling (Pattamatta), Peter Tunks (Canterbury-Bankstown).

Of the players used by Australia, only Wayne Pearce (injury) and Peter Tunks (personal reasons) did not go on the end of season 1986 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France.

New ZealandEdit

The New Zealand test team was coached by Graham Lowe and captained by Mark Graham.

The Kiwis squad was: Mark Graham (North Sydney) (c), Dean Bell (Eastern Suburbs), Shane Cooper (Mt Albert), Mark Elia (Te Atatu), Olsen Filipaina (North Sydney), Gary Freeman (Northcote), Barry Harvey (Western Suburbs (Taranaki)), Gary Kemble (Hull), A'au Leulaui (Hull), Hugh McGahan (Eastern Suburbs), Dane O'Hara (Hull), Ron O'Regan (Mt Albert), Gary Prohm (Hull Kingston Rovers), Joe Ropati (Warrington), Kurt Sorensen (Widnes), Brent Todd (Linwood), Wayne Wallace (Hornby), Darrell Williams (Mt Albert), Owen Wright (Manukau).

Peter Brown, Tea Ropati, Marty Crequer, Dean Lonergan, Adrian Shelford, Sam Stewart, James Goulding, Glenn Donaldson and Gary Mercer also played for the Kiwis against Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand legEdit

The tour began with Australia coming to Auckland to play the first of three test matches between the trans-Tasman rivals.

This would be the 18th and final test played between New Zealand and Australia at the Carlaw Park ground in Auckland. Due to sponsorship, the test series was known as the "Winfield Test Series".

With the selection of goal kicking St George and NSW outside back Michael O'Connor, the former Wallaby became Australia's 39th dual-code rugby international. Dale Shearer, Steve Folkes and utility reserve Terry Lamb also played in their debut tests for Australia.

First testEdit

6 July 1986
New Zealand   8 – 22   Australia
Tries:
Dean Bell


Goals:
Olsen Filipaina (2/2)
[1] Tries:
Brett Kenny (2)
Steve Folkes
Dale Shearer
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (3/5)
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Attendance: 14,566
Referee: Robin Whitfield  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Darrell Williams
LW 2   Joe Ropati
RC 3   Dean Bell
LC 4   James Leuluai
RW 5   Dane O'Hara
FE 6   Olsen Filipaina
HB 7   Shane Cooper
PR 8   Owen Wright
HK 9   Wayne Wallace
PR 10   Kurt Sorensen
SR 11   Mark Graham (c)
SR 12   Hugh McGahan
LK 13   Gary Prohm
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ron O'Regan
IC 15   Mark Elia
Coach:
  Graham Lowe
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
RW 5   Dale Shearer
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Peter Tunks
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Steve Folkes
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Bryan Niebling
Coach:
  Don Furner

Australian legEdit

In the tour games the Kiwis defeated Newcastle 22–17, Riverina 14–16, Wide Bay 32-7 and North Queensland 46–6.

Second testEdit

After having been Sydney's main test match venue since 1914, this would be the 69th and final test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground until 2008. Gary Freeman, who would go on to play a total of 46 tests for New Zealand until 1995, made his test debut in this game while for Australia, North Sydney and Queensland winger Les Kiss made his test debut replacing an injured Dale Shearer.

19 July 1986
Australia   29 – 12   New Zealand
Tries:
Garry Jack
Brett Kenny
Wally Lewis
Gene Miles
Wayne Pearce
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4)
Field Goals:
Peter Sterling
[2] Tries:
Olsen Filipaina
Dane O'Hara



Goals:
Olsen Filipaina (2)
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 34,302
Referee: Robin Whitfield  
Player of the Match: Steve Roach  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Les Kiss
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Peter Tunks
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Steve Folkes
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Bryan Niebling
IC 15   Terry Lamb
Coach:
  Don Furner
FB 1   Gary Kemble
LW 2   Dean Bell
RC 3   Joe Ropati
LC 4   Mark Elia
RW 5   Dane O'Hara
FE 6   Olsen Filipaina
HB 7   Gary Freeman
PR 8   Owen Wright
HK 9   Barry Harvey
PR 10   Kurt Sorensen
SR 11   Mark Graham (c)
SR 12   Hugh McGahan
LK 13   Gary Prohm
Substitutions:
IC 14   Shane Cooper
IC 15   Ron O'Regan
Coach:
  Graham Lowe

Third testEdit

Australian vice-captain Wayne Pearce tore the Anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first half. Despite surgery and an intense rehabilitation, he was eventually ruled out of the 1986 Kangaroo Tour after failing a team medical.

Australia continued its international dominance and scored a clean sweep against the Kiwis with a 32–12, 6 tries to 2 win in front of almost 23,000 at Lang Park. The match was broadcast into NSW and Qld by the Nine Network and via relay into New Zealand. This game also counted towards the 1985-1988 Rugby League World Cup.[3]

29 July 1986
Australia   32 – 12   New Zealand
Tries:
Brett Kenny (2)
Peter Sterling
Wally Lewis
Gene Miles
Michael O'Connor
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/6)
[4] Tries:
Darrell Williams (2)




Goals:
Olsen Filipaina (2/3)
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,811
Referee: Robin Whitfield  
Player of the Match: Wally Lewis  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Les Kiss
RC 3   Gene Miles
LC 4   Brett Kenny
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Peter Tunks
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Steve Folkes
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Bryan Niebling
IC 15   Terry Lamb
Coach:
  Don Furner
FB 1   Gary Kemble
LW 2   Darrell Williams
RC 3   Joe Ropati
LC 4   Gary Prohm
RW 5   Dane O'Hara
FE 6   Olsen Filipaina
HB 7   Gary Freeman
PR 8   Brent Todd
HK 9   Barry Harvey
PR 10   Kurt Sorensen
SR 11   Hugh McGahan
SR 12   Mark Graham (c)
LK 13   Ron O'Regan
Substitutions:
IC 14   Shane Cooper
IC 15   Owen Wright
Coach:
  Graham Lowe

Papua New Guinea legEdit

In Papua New Guinea they defeated Island Zone 26-6 and lost to Southern Zone 20-26 before the two test matches.

First testEdit

10 August 1986
Papua New Guinea   26 – 36   New Zealand
Tries:
Lauta Atoi
Darius Haili
Joe Tep
Bernard Waketsi


Goals:
Kungas Kuveu (5)
[5] Tries:
Peter Brown (2)
Mark Elia
Gary Freeman
Hugh McGahan
Dane O'Hara
Joe Ropati
Goals:
Joe Ropati (3)
Peter Brown (1)
Danny Leahy Oval, Goroka
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Kevin Roberts  
Player of the Match: Adrian Shelford  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papua New Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 1 Kungas Kuveu
RW 2 Joe Katsir
RC 3 Lauta Atoi (c)
LC 4 Bal Numapo
LW 5 Arnold Tivelit
FE 6 Darius Haili
HB 7 Gessau Gebob
PR 8 Joe Tep
HK 9 Roy Heni
PR 10 Bobby Ako
SR 11 Roy Loitive
SR 12 Bernard Waketsi
LF 13 Arebo Taumaku
Substitutions:
IC 14 Dairi Kovae
IC 15 Peter Peng
Coach:
  Barry Wilson
FB 1   Gary Kemble
LW 2   Joe Ropati
RC 3   Darrell Williams
LC 4   Mark Elia
RW 5   Dane O'Hara
FE 6   James Leuluai
HB 7   Gary Freeman
PR 8   Adrian Shelford
HK 9   Wayne Wallace
PR 10   Peter Brown
SR 11   Owen Wright
SR 12   Hugh McGahan (c)
LK 13   Ron O'Regan
Substitutions:
IC 14   Marty Crequer
IC 15   Sam Stewart
Coach:
  Graham Lowe

Second testEdit

This match counted towards the 1988 Rugby League World Cup.

17 August 1986
Papua New Guinea   24 – 22   New Zealand
Tries:
Darius Haili (2)
Bobby Ako
Lauta Atoi

Goals:
Dairi Kovae (4)
[6] Tries:
Peter Brown
Hugh McGahan
Joe Ropati
Wayne Wallace
Goals:
Peter Brown (3)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Kevin Roberts  
Player of the Match: Arebo Taumaku  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papua New Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 1 Kungas Kuveu
RW 2 Joe Katsir
RC 3 Lauta Atoi (c)
LC 4 Bal Numapo
LW 5 Arnold Tivelit
FE 6 Darius Haili
HB 7 Gessau Gebob
PR 8 Joe Tep
HK 9 Roy Heni
PR 10 Bobby Ako
SR 11 Roy Loitive
SR 12 Bernard Waketsi
LF 13 Arebo Taumaku
Substitutions:
IC 14 Dairi Kovae
IC 15 Peter Peng
Coach:
  Barry Wilson
FB 1   Gary Kemble
LW 2   Joe Ropati
RC 3   Darrell Williams
LC 4   Mark Elia
RW 5   Dane O'Hara
FE 6   James Leuluai
HB 7   Gary Freeman
PR 8   Adrian Shelford
HK 9   Wayne Wallace
PR 10   Peter Brown
SR 11   Owen Wright
SR 12   Hugh McGahan (c)
LK 13   Ron O'Regan
Substitutions:
IC 14   Marty Crequer
IC 15   Sam Stewart
Coach:
  Graham Lowe

Papua New Guinea scored their first ever test match victory against New Zealand and their first test win since defeating France 37–6 in 1977. The Kumuls would not win another test until 1990.[7]

AftermathEdit

Following the loss to Papua New Guinea, Graham Lowe resigned in August to take up the position of head coach with English club side Wigan. Tony Gordon was appointed as his replacement in September.

Dun Furner and Wally Lewis would lead the Australian team on the undefeated 1986 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France at the end of the NSWRL and BRL seasons.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1st Test - New Zealand vs Australia
  2. ^ 2nd Test - Australia vs New Zealand
  3. ^ 1986 3rd Test Australia v New Zealand. 19 December 2013 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ 3rd test - Australia vs New Zealand
  5. ^ 1st Test Papua New Guinea vs New Zealand
  6. ^ 2nd Test Papua New Guinea vs New Zealand
  7. ^ Papua New Guinea Kumuls results at Rugby League Project