2006 Pacific Cup

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2006 (2006) Pacific Cup  ()
Number of teams 6
Host country  New Zealand
Winner  Tonga (2nd title)
Matches played 9
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The 2006 Pacific Cup was the 10th Pacific Cup, a rugby league tournament held between Pacific teams. The tournament was hosted in Auckland and eventually won by Tonga, who defeated Fiji in the final. Fiji's Asaeli Saravaki was the Player of the Tournament.

Squads[edit]

Tonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand Māori and Tokelau squads comprised players mainly involved in New Zealand’s domestic Bartercard Cup and lower grades.[1]

The New Zealand Māori side was coached by Dean Clark and included Paul Atkins, Willie Heta, Darren Kingi, Jared Trott, Matt Wanoa and Steve Skinnon.[2]

Tongan squad included Taniela Moa, Joel Taufa'ao, Enele Taufa, Kosilio Tonga'uiha, Makasini Richter, Ukuma Ta’ai, Willie Wolfgramm and Kimi Uasi.[3]

The Cook Islands included Sam Mataora.

Tokelau replaced New Caledonia who pulled out a week before the tournament.[1]

The Fijian squad was a mix of local and overseas based players . While the majority of players were converts from rugby union the team also included Alipate Tani and Semisi Tora.[1]

Toa Samoa was the only team at the tournament to comprise entirely of indigenous local players. The intention of the Samoan Rugby League was to develop and expose local players with an eye to the 2008 World Cup qualifiers later in the year.[1]

Results[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Tonga 2 2 0 0 106 14 92 4
2  Māori 2 1 0 1 78 46 32 2
3  Tokelau 2 0 0 2 4 128 -124 0
23 February 2006
1800 NZDT
Tonga  64 - 0  Tokelau
Try: M. Richter, S. Fotu, T. Moa, U. Uasi, P. Filimoehala (2), L. Faamara (2), L. Moala (3)
Goal: J. Taufaao (9)
Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Leimoni Moala (Tonga)
26 February 2006
1430 NZDT
Tonga  42 - 14  Māori
Try: U. Uasi, M Richter (2), T. Moa (5)
Goal: J. Taufa'ao (5)
Try: M. Wanoa, J. Limmer, D. Were
Goal: J. Trott (1)
Waitemata Stadium, Henderson
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Aloisio Malangi (Tonga)
2 March 2006
1800 NZDT
Māori  64 - 4  Tokelau
Try: D. Laulu, W. Heta, J. Trott, S. Skinnon, H. Raihe, S. Kuru, P. Atkins (2) S. Hunter (2), J. Paikea (2)
Goal: W. Heta (1), J. Trott (3), C. Motu (5)
Try: S. Manu
Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Paul Atkins (Māori)

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Fiji 2 2 0 0 66 20 46 4
2  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 60 40 20 2
3  Samoa 2 0 0 2 4 70 -66 0
23 February 2006
1930 NZDT
Fiji  26 - 4  Samoa
Try: M. Bainivalu, A. Saravaki, E. Naioko, A. Masikerei (2)
Goal: A. Tani (3)
Try: S. Iosefo
Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Apisai Masikerei (Fiji)
26 February 2006
1300 NZDT
Fiji  40 - 16  Cook Islands
Try: M Koronui, S. Tora, S. Koronamara, A. Tani, A. Saravaki, C. Clarke, V. Baleilomaloma
Goal: A. Tani (6)
Try: J. Burgess, W. Vaeau, R. Enoka, T. Taia
Goal: W. Vaeau
Waitemata Stadium, Henderson
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Asaeli Saravaki (Fiji)
2 March 2006
1930 NZDT
Cook Islands  44 - 0  Samoa
Try: N. Nga'a, J. Burgess, J. Tou, T. Raela, P. Russell (2), J. Taurarii (2), S. Mataora (2)
Goal: S. Mataora (1), W. Vaeau (1)
Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Terry Taia (Cook Is)

Play offs[edit]

Fifth place play-off[edit]

5 March 2006
1200 NZDT
Tokelau  34 - 28  Samoa
Try:P. Siaosi, J. Siaosi, A. Siagigi (2), J. Mataafa (2) Goal: A. Faafoi (5) Try: I. Ioapo, F. Tavesi, G. Stowers, U. Saifoloi (2)Goal: T. Mataafa (3)
Waitemata Stadium, Henderson
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Aukuso Faafoi (Tokelau)

Third place play-off[edit]

5 March 2006
1330 NZDT
Māori  40 - 14  Cook Islands
Try: P. Atkins, D. Trott, D. Laulu, M. Wanoa (2), J. Limmer (2)
Goal: J. Trott (3), C. Motu (3)
Try: W. Vaeau, R. Enoka, J Burgess
Goal: S. Mataora (1)
Waitemata Stadium, Henderson
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Steve Skinnon (Māori)

Final[edit]

5 March 2006
1500 NZDT
Tonga  22 - 4  Fiji
Try: T. Moa, E. Uasi, K. Fifita, W. Wolfgram
Goal: J. Taufaao (3)
[4][5] Try: A. Masikerei
Waitemata Stadium, Henderson
Attendance: 2000
Man of the Match: Willie Wolfgramm (Tonga)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.eventpolynesia.com/events/tokelau/NZ3_page_pacificcup06.htm Pacific Cup 2006 - Rugby League Alive And Well] eventpolynesia.com
  2. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  3. ^ Pacific Cup Tongan National Rugby League
  4. ^ 2006 International Rugby League Results & Tables Rugby League International Scores
  5. ^ Rugby League International Federation - New Zealand Rugby League 2006 Pacific Cup nzrl.co.nz. Archived version accessed on 14 January 2010.