1986 Pacific Cup

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1986 (1986) Pacific Cup  ()
Number of teams 6
Host country  Cook Islands
Winner  Māori (3rd title)
Matches played 10
 < 1977
1988

The 1986 Pacific Cup was the 3rd Pacific Cup, a rugby league tournament held between Pacific teams. The tournament was hosted in the Cook Islands and eventually won by the New Zealand Māori side, who defeated Western Samoa in the final.

Background[edit]

The 1986 Pacific Cup was the first to be held after the cancellation of the planned 1979 version. Only the New Zealand Māori side returned from the first two editions, as this Pacific Cup had a more Pacific Island focus than the first two which included Papua New Guinea (who now had Test status) and Australian lower grade sides.[1]

Squads[edit]

Team of the Tournament[edit]

The 1986 Pacific Cup Tournament team was named at the end of the tournament and included: George Huriwai (Māori), Gary Mercer (Māori), Ampelea Aiolupotea (Samoa), Robert Fonua (Tonga), Alimone Liavaa (Tonga), Paddy Tuimavave (Samoa), Sam Panapa (Tokelau), Neville Ramsay (Māori), Dave Sefuiva (Samoa), Adrian Shelford (Māori), Simona Foua (Tokelau), Mick Curran (Tonga), Simona Foua (Samoa), Sam Stewart (Māori), John Fifita (Tonga), Lorne Greene (Māori) and Dick Uluave (Tonga).[1]

Results[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Māori 2 2 0 0 64 26 38 4
2  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 32 40 -8 2
3  Niue 2 0 0 2 24 54 -30 0
1986
Cook Islands  22 - 8  Niue
1986
Niue  16 - 32  Māori
1986
Māori  32 - 10  Cook Islands

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Tonga 2 2 0 0 60 38 22 4
2  Western Samoa 2 1 0 1 50 46 4 2
3  Tokelau 2 0 0 2 34 60 -26 0
1986
Western Samoa  34 - 12  Tokelau
1986
Tonga  34 - 16  Western Samoa
1986
Tokelau  22 - 26  Tonga

Play offs[edit]

  Semifinal Final
                           
1   Māori 27  
2   Tonga 18             Māori 23
          Tonga 4       Western Samoa 6
      Western Samoa 46  
3   Western Samoa 48
4   Cook Islands 0  
1986
Māori  27 - 18  Tonga
1986
Cook Islands  0 - 48  Western Samoa
1986
Tonga  4 - 46  Western Samoa

Final[edit]

1986
Māori  23 - 6  Western Samoa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 224–226. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  2. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.