New Zealand 56 Papua New Guinea 10: Kiwis show no mercy in crushing World Cup victory
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Saturday 09 November 2013
The World Cup holders, New Zealand, completed their group games with a 100 per cent record, beating Papua New Guinea by a crushing 56-10 at Headingley tonight with Sonny Bill Williams scoring a hat-trick of tries.
The Kiwis took an early lead with tries from Bryson Goodwin and two from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the Kumuls failed to compete in their farewell appearance.
Williams tormented PNG with his off-loads and scored the next two tries, with others coming from Frank-Paul Nu'uausala and Williams again before half-time.
Dion Ayew got one back for the much improved Kumuls, to the delight of the 18,000 Leeds crowd, before further tries for New Zealand from Dean Whare (two) and Elijah Taylor and a last minute PNG effort from Wellington Albert.
The Kiwis will now meet Scotland or Italy in the quarter-finals next weekend.
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