1997 Oceania Cup

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1997 (1997) Oceania Cup  ()
Number of teams 6
Host country  New Zealand
Winner New Zealand New Zealand XIII
Matches played 12
 < 1996
2004

The 1997 Oceania Cup was an international rugby league football tournament played in the Pacific region. The tournament was operated and contested by Super League-aligned countries during the Super League war as an alternative to the Pacific Cup.

Six teams contested the Cup. The 1997 tournament went ahead following the previous year's cancellation due to the unavailability of Australian teams when the tournament was replaced with a Pacific Challenge Series. Western Samoa withdrew from the tournament in disagreement with Super League-aligned authorities over promises that they believed were given to them.

The tournament was originally scheduled to have two pools, one based in New Zealand and one in Tonga, and the final was to be played as a curtain raiser to the Super League Tri-Series final.[1]

Teams[edit]

New Zealand Māori were coached by Cameron Bell and included Dean Clark, Tukere Barlow, Frank Watene, Darryl Beazley and Solomon Kiri.[1]

New Zealand XIII were coached by Gary Kemble and included Glenn Coughlan, Blair Harding, Mike Dorreen, Iva Ropati, Shane Endacott, captain Aaron Whittaker, Mark Faumuina, Denvour Johnston, Hitro Okesene, Jerry Seuseu, Bryan Henare, Meti Noovao, Brad Williams, Joe Galuvao, Fa'ausu Afoa, Ben Fahey, Jason Kerapa, Keneti Asiata and Paul Staladi.[1] Richard Stewart replaced Shane Endacott when he withdrew due to injury.[2] Before the series began the New Zealand Māori bet the New Zealand XIII 21-19 at Ericsson Stadium.

Results[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Round 1[edit]

11 May 1997
Cook Islands  22 – 14  Fiji
11 May 1997
New Zealand XIII New Zealand 21 – 18  Papua New Guinea
11 May 1997
Māori  46 – 10  Tonga

Round 2[edit]

13 May 1997
Māori  32 – 12  Fiji
13 May 1997
New Zealand XIII New Zealand 32 – 10  Tonga
13 May 1997
Papua New Guinea  34 – 12  Cook Islands

Round 3[edit]

15 May 1997
New Zealand XIII New Zealand 46 – 2  Cook Islands
15 May 1997
Tonga  14 – 14  Fiji
15 May 1997
Māori  34 – 6  Papua New Guinea

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Māori 3 3 0 0 112 28 84 6
2 New Zealand New Zealand XIII 3 3 0 0 99 30 69 6
3  Papua New Guinea 3 1 0 2 58 67 -9 2
4  Cook Islands 3 1 0 2 36 94 -58 2
5  Fiji 3 0 1 2 40 68 -28 1
6  Tonga 3 0 1 2 34 92 -58 1

Knock-out stage[edit]

5th place play-off[edit]

18 May 1997
Fiji  22 – 20  Tonga

3rd place play-off[edit]

18 May 1997
Papua New Guinea  38 – 14  Cook Islands

Final[edit]

18 May 1997
New Zealand XIII New Zealand 20 – 15  Māori
Tries: Paul Staladi (2)
Darryn Avery
Fa'asu Afoa
Goals: Glenn Coughlan (2)
Tries: Ricky Henry
Shane Edwards
Goals: Tama Hohaia (3, 1 FG)
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Referee/s: Jim Stokes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 301. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '97, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1997. p.124