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2017 Rugby League World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is one of the four groups in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which began on 28 October and was completed on 11 November 2017. The group comprised New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland and Tonga. Tonga finished top of the pool while New Zealand and Samoa also qualified for the quarter-finals.

OverallEdit

Key to colours in pool tables
Advances to knockout stage and qualifies for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
  Tonga 3 3 0 0 110 44 +66 6
  New Zealand 3 2 0 1 134 42 +92 4
  Samoa 3 0 1 2 40 84 –44 1
  Scotland 3 0 1 2 24 138 –114 1


New Zealand vs SamoaEdit

28 October 2017
20:10 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand   38 – 8   Samoa
Tries:
Jordan Rapana (4') 1
Shaun Johnson (20') 1
Brad Takairangi (46') 1
Kodi Nikorima (52') 1
Issac Liu (55') 1
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (68') 1
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (72') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 5/7
(21', 53', 56', 69', 73')
1st: 10 – 4
2nd: 28 – 4
Report[1]
Tries:
1 (37') Ken Maumalo
1 (80') Joseph Paulo
Goals:
0/1 Peter Matautia
0/1 Tim Lafai
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 17,857
Referee: James Child (England)
Man of the Match: Joseph Tapine (New Zealand)
Team lists:
FB 1   Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2   Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
CE 3   Gerard Beale
CE 4   Brad Takairangi
WG 5   Jordan Rapana
FE 6   Kodi Nikorima
HB 7   Shaun Johnson
PR 8   Martin Taupau
HK 9   Thomas Leuluai
PR 18   Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 13   Simon Mannering
SR 12   Joseph Tapine
LK 10   Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14   Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15   Russell Packer
IC 16   Isaac Liu
IC 17   Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1   Young Tonumaipea
WG 2   Peter Mata’utia
CE 3   Tim Lafai
CE 4   Joseph Leilua
WG 5   Ken Maumalo
FE 6   Joseph Paulo
HB 7   Ben Roberts
PR 8   Junior Paulo
HK 9   Jazz Tevaga
PR 10   Sam Lisone
SR 11   Josh Papalii
SR 12   Frank Pritchard (c)
LK 13   Leeson Ah Mau
Substitutes:
IC 14   Pita Godinet
IC 15   Herman Ese’ese
IC 16   Suaia Matagi
IC 17   Bunty Afoa
Coach:
Matt Parish

Scotland vs TongaEdit

29 October 2017
16:15 AEDT (UTC+10)
Scotland   4 – 50   Tonga
Tries:
Danny Addy (62') 1
Goals:
Danny Brough 0/1
1st: 0 – 38
2nd: 4 – 12
Report[2]
Tries:
3 (3', 20', 40') Michael Jennings
2 (26', 73') Daniel Tupou
1 (17') Jason Taumalolo
1 (23') Sika Manu
1 (38') Peni Terepo
1 (76') Ata Hingano
Goals:
6/7 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(4', 19', 21', 24', 75', 78')
1/2 Ata Hingano
(40')
Barlow Park, Cairns
Attendance: 9,216
Referee: Phil Bentham (England)
Man of the Match: Jason Taumalolo (Tonga)

Notes:

  • Due to high humidity conditions, the game was played with quarter-time drinks breaks after the heat rule was invoked.[3]
Team lists:
FB 1   Lewis Tierney
WG 2   Matty Russell
CE 3   Ben Hellewell
CE 4   Lachlan Stein
WG 5   Will Oakes
FE 6   Danny Brough (c)
HB 7   Danny Addy
PR 8   Luke Douglas
HK 9   Kane Bentley
PR 10   Ben Kavanagh
SR 11   Frankie Mariano
SR 12   Dale Ferguson
LK 13   James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14   Callum Phillips
IC 15   Andrew Bentley
IC 16   Sam Brooks
IC 17   Jonathan Walker
Coach:
Steve McCormack
FB 1   William Hopoate
WG 2   Daniel Tupou
CE 3   Michael Jennings
CE 4   Konrad Hurrell
WG 5   Manu Vatuvei
FE 6   Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7   Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8   Andrew Fifita
HK 9   Siliva Havili
PR 10   Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11   Manu Ma'u
SR 12   Sika Manu (c)
LK 13   Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14   Sione Katoa
IC 15   Sam Moa
IC 16   Peni Terepo
IC 17   Ben Murdoch-Masila
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

New Zealand vs ScotlandEdit

4 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand   74 – 6   Scotland
Tries:
Te Maire Martin (32', 52', 76') 3
Pita Hiku (39', 58', 69') 3
Jason Nightingale (13', 23') 2
Kenny Bromwich (9') 1
Joseph Tapine (16') 1
Russell Packer (43') 1
Dean Whare (55') 1
Shaun Johnson (61') 1
Elijah Taylor (79') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 9/14
(11', 33', 44', 53', 56', 60', 63', 70', 80')
1st: 28 – 0
2nd: 46 – 6
Report[4]
Tries:
1 (72') Oscar Thomas
Goals:
1/1 Danny Addy
(73')
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 12,130
Referee: Henry Perenara (New Zealand)
Man of the Match: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)
Team lists:
FB 1   Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2   Jason Nightingale
CE 3   Dean Whare
CE 4   Brad Takairangi
WG 5   Peta Hiku
FE 6   Te Maire Martin
HB 7   Shaun Johnson
PR 8   Martin Taupau
HK 9   Elijah Taylor
PR 18   Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 13   Kenny Bromwich
SR 12   Joseph Tapine
LK 10   Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14   Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15   Russell Packer
IC 16   Addin Fonua-Blake
IC 17   Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1   Alex Walker
WG 2   Lewis Tierney
CE 3   Ben Hellewell
CE 4   Lachlan Stein
WG 5   Matty Russell
FE 6   Danny Brough (c)
HB 7   Oscar Thomas
PR 8   Luke Douglas
HK 9   Danny Addy
PR 10   Ben Kavanagh
SR 11   Jarred Anderson
SR 12   Dale Ferguson
LK 13   James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14   Kane Bentley
IC 15   Sam Brooks
IC 16   Brandan Wilkinson
IC 17   Jonathan Walker
Coach:
Steve McCormack

Samoa vs TongaEdit

In the week leading up to the match there were several "vicious street brawls" between Samoan and Tongan supporters.[5][6] This led to members of both the Tongan and Samoan teams calling for calm.[7][8] 29 people were arrested for fighting after the game.[9]

4 November 2017
19:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
Samoa   18 – 32   Tonga
Tries:
Jazz Tevaga (17') 1
Ben Roberts (65') 1
Tim Lafai (73') 1
Goals:
Tim Lafai 3/3
(18', 66', 74')
1st: 6 – 14
2nd: 12 – 18
Report[10]
Tries:
2 (10', 29') Michael Jennings
1 (52') Peni Terepo
1 (60') Ben Murdoch-Masila
1 (77') Manu Ma'u
Goals:
4/4 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(11', 28' pen, 30', 79')
2/2 Ata Hingano
(53', 61')
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 18,156
Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Andrew Fifita (Tonga)
Team lists:
FB 1   Young Tonumaipea
WG 2   Ricky Leutele
CE 3   Tim Lafai
CE 4   Joseph Leilua
WG 5   Ken Maumalo
FE 20   Jarome Luai
HB 7   Ben Roberts
PR 8   Junior Paulo
HK 9   Jazz Tevaga
PR 10   Herman Ese'ese
SR 11   Josh Papalii
SR 12   Frank Pritchard (c)
LK 13   Leeson Ah Mau
Substitutes:
IC 14   Fa'amanu Brown
IC 15   Zane Musgrove
IC 16   Sam Lisone
IC 17   Bunty Afoa
Coach:
Matt Parish
FB 1   William Hopoate
WG 2   Daniel Tupou
CE 3   Michael Jennings
CE 4   Solomone Kata
WG 5   David Fusitu'a
FE 6   Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7   Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8   Andrew Fifita
HK 14   Sione Katoa
PR 10   Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11   Manu Ma'u
SR 12   Sika Manu (c)
LK 13   Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 9   Siliva Havili
IC 15   Sam Moa
IC 16   Peni Terepo
IC 17   Ben Murdoch-Masila
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

New Zealand vs TongaEdit

In what was described as " the small island nation's greatest ever sporting achievement". During celebrations following the match, 53 Tongan supporters were arrested in Auckland.[11][12]

11 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand   22 – 28   Tonga
Tries:
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (39', 72') 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (21') 1
Jordan Rapana (28') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 3/4
(30', 40', 73')
1st: 16 – 2
2nd: 6 – 26
Report[13]
Tries:
3 (48', 59', 77') David Fusitu'a
1 (62') Tuimoala Lolohea
1 (65') William Hopoate
Goals:
3/4 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(7' pen, 63'), 66')
1/2 Tuimoala Lolohea
(60')
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 24,041
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Tuimoala Lolohea (Tonga)
Team lists:
FB 1   Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2   Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
CE 3   Dean Whare
CE 4   Brad Takairangi
WG 5   Jordan Rapana
FE 6   Kodi Nikorima
HB 7   Shaun Johnson
PR 8   Martin Taupau
HK 9   Thomas Leuluai
PR 10   Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 11   Simon Mannering
SR 12   Joseph Tapine
LK 13   Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14   Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15   Russell Packer
IC 16   Isaac Liu
IC 17   Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1   William Hopoate
WG 2   Daniel Tupou
CE 18   Mahe Fonua
CE 4   Konrad Hurrell
WG 5   David Fusitu'a
FE 6   Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7   Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8   Andrew Fifita
HK 9   Sione Katoa
PR 10   Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11   Manu Ma'u
SR 12   Sika Manu (c)
LK 13   Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14   Siliva Havili
IC 16   Peni Terepo
IC 17   Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 21   Tevita Pangai Junior
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

Notes:

  • This was New Zealand's first lost on home soil since 2012, when they lose to Australia in Auckland at Eden Park.
  • This was the first time a tier two nation had defeated Australia, England or New Zealand in a World Cup match.[14]

Samoa vs ScotlandEdit

11 November 2017
17:00 AEDT (UTC+10)
Samoa   14 – 14   Scotland
Tries:
Junior Paulo (12') 1
Matthew Wright (49') 1
Young Tonumaipea (66') 1
Goals:
Matthew Wright 1/3
(13')
1st: 6 – 14
2nd: 8 – 0
Report[15]
Tries:
1 (5') Lewis Tierney
1 (28') Frankie Mariano
Goals:
3/4 Danny Addy
(6', 18' pen, 30')
Barlow Park, Cairns
Attendance: 4,309
Referee: Ashley Klein (Australia)
Man of the Match: Danny Addy (Scotland)
Team lists:
FB 1   Young Tonumaipea
WG 2   Ricky Leutele
CE 3   Tim Lafai
CE 4   Joseph Leilua
WG 5   Matthew Wright
FE 6   Jarome Luai
HB 7   Fa'amanu Brown
PR 8   Junior Paulo
HK 9   Jazz Tevaga
PR 10   Herman Ese’ese
SR 11   Josh Papalii
SR 12   Frank Winterstein
LK 13   Bunty Afoa
Substitutes:
IC 14   Pita Godinet
IC 15   Joseph Paulo
IC 16   Leeson Ah Mau
IC 17   Sam Tagataese
Coach:
Matt Parish
FB 1   Lewis Tierney
WG 2   Shane Toal
CE 3   Ben Hellewell
CE 4   Lachlan Stein
WG 5   Matty Russell
FE 6   Danny Addy
HB 7   Oscar Thomas
PR 8   Luke Douglas (c)
HK 9   Callum Phillips
PR 10   Ben Kavanagh
SR 11   Frankie Mariano
SR 12   Dale Ferguson
LK 13   James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14   Kane Bentley
IC 15   Brandan Wilkinson
IC 16   Andrew Bentley
IC 17   Jarred Anderson
Coach:
Steve McCormack

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rosser, Corey (28 October 2017). "Kiwis beat Samoa with second-half blitz". NRL.com.
  2. ^ Webeck, Tony (29 October 2017). "Taumalolo runs riot in big Tonga win". NRL.com.
  3. ^ "Rugby League World Cup: Tonga thrash Scotland in opener". NZ Herald. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ Richards, Eden (4 November 2017). "Martin stars as Kiwis smash Scotland". NRL.com.
  5. ^ "Four arrests after brawl between supporters of Tongan and Samoan league teams". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Fresh violence erupts between Samoan and Tongan league fans". 1 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  7. ^ "Samoa prop Sam Tagataese calls for respect between rival fans after street brawling". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Manu Vatuvei calls for calm as street violence mars buildup to Tonga v Samoa World Cup clash". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  9. ^ "29 arrested in south Auckland after fights break out following rowdy league celebrations". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  10. ^ Rosser, Corey (4 November 2017). "Tonga book maiden World Cup finals spot". NRL.com.
  11. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/98794616/police-warn-people-to-avoid-auckland-suburb-as-violence-erupts-after-tonga-win
  12. ^ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11943150
  13. ^ http://www.rlwc2017.com/news/match-report-new-zealand-vs-tonga
  14. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/98792049/tonga-coach-kristian-woolf-believes-his-side-can-win-the-rugby-league-world-cup
  15. ^ http://www.rlwc2017.com/news/match-report-samoa-v-scotland

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