2009 Pacific Cup

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2009 (2009) Pacific Cup  ()
2009 Pacific Cup logo
Number of teams 5
Host country  Papua New Guinea
Winner  Papua New Guinea

Matches played 5
Attendance 37,261 (7,452 per match)
Points scored 156 (31.2 per match)
Tries scored 28 (5.6 per match)
Top scorer Cook Islands Daniel Fepuleai (16)
Top try scorer Fiji Akuila Uate (4)
 < 2006
2010

The 2009 Pacific Cup, known as the 2009 SP Brewery Pacific Cup due to sponsorship,[1] was a rugby league competition held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.[2] The competing teams were the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.[2]

Tonga, Fiji and PNG had their places in the draw confirmed initially,[2] with the Cook Islands defeating Samoa in a Pacific Cup qualifier in Cairns on 17 October 2009 to decide which team took the final place in the tournament.[2]

The four Pacific Cup matches were played at Lloyd Robson Oval on 24–25 October and 31 October.[2] The Pacific Cup final was played on 1 November 2009 between Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands.[2] By winning the 2009 Pacific Cup, Papua New Guinea won the right to compete in the 2010 Four Nations tournament.

Brian Canavan was appointed as tournament director by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).[2]

Matches[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

17 October 2009
Cook Islands  22 - 20  Samoa
Try: Makimare (2)
Ngaro
Fepuleai
Goal: Takairangi (3)
Report Try: Ah Van (2)
Taulapapa
Hansen
Goal: Mata'utia (2)
Barlow Park, Cairns, Australia
Attendance: 4261[3]

Semifinals[edit]

24 October 2009
Cook Islands  24 - 22  Fiji
Try: Daniel Fepuleai (2)
Dominique Peyroux (2)
Vincent Ngaro
Goal: Daniel Fepuleai (2)
Report Try: Akuila Uate (2)
Lepani Waqa
Michael Ratu
Goal: Wes Naiqama (3)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Attendance: 3,269
Referee/s: Phil Haines
25 October 2009
Papua New Guinea  44 - 14  Tonga
Try: David Mead (2)
Menzie Yere (2)
Anton Kui
Jason Chan
Charlie Wabo
Jessie Joe Parker
Goal: John Wilshere (6)
Report Try: Sione Tongia (2)
Atelea Vea
Goal: Eddie Paea
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Attendance: 9,813[4]
Referee/s: Chris James

Third place Playoff[edit]

31 October 2009
Fiji  26 - 16 Tonga 
Try: Joe Ravueta (2)
Akuila Uate (2)
Iowane Divavesi

Goal: Wes Naiqama (3)

Report Richard Fa'aoso (2)
Joel Taufa'ao

Goal: Eddie Paea
Pita Maile

Final[edit]

1 November 2009
 Papua New Guinea 42 - 14  Cook Islands
Try: David Mead (2)
Menzie Yere (2) Richard Kambo
Anton Kui
Charlie Wabo
Report Try: Sema Mataora
Lulia Lulia
Brad Takairangi

Goal: Ben Taia

Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Attendance: 10,151[5]
Referee/s: Chris James

Telecast Details[edit]

The Pacific Cup was shown in the UK, Australia, and throughout the Pacific.[6]

  • In Australia all matches were broadcast by NRL.com while the Nine Network showed a one hour highlight package each weekend.
  • In Britain matches were broadcast on BSkyB.
  • FM100 radio broadcast to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
  • In Papua New Guinea EM TV broadcast terrestrially to more than half of the population.
  • Fiji TV broadcast the games in Fiji on its free to air service Fiji One and on its Sky Pacific platform to the rest of the Pacific Region.

Squads[edit]

Mate Ma'a Tonga[edit]

Tonga played a Pacific Cup warm up match against New Zealand. New Zealand defeated Tonga 40-24 in what was a strong performance by the Tongans as they prepared for their Pacific Cup opener against Papua New Guinea.[7]

Club Team Players
Bulldogs Paki Afu
Penrith Panthers Andrew Emelio
Newcastle Knights Richard Fa'aoso, Sione Tovo
Canberra Raiders Sam Huihahau
Papakura Sea Eagles Toshio Laiseni
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Tevita Leo-Latu
Hull Epalahame Lauaki, Sam Moa, Willie Manu
New Zealand Warriors Siuatonga Likiliki, Ukuma Ta'ai
Melbourne Storm Pita Maile
Parramatta Eels Feleti Mateo, Etuate Uaisele, Eliakim Uasi
Cronulla Sharks Eddie Paea, Atelea Vea, Siosia Vave, Inoke Tapa'atoutai
South Australian Rugby Joel Taufa'ao
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Tony Williams, Junior Palau

Cook Islands[edit]

Coach: David Fairleigh (Parramatta Eels)[10]

Club Team Players
Sydney Roosters Anthony Gelling, Sam Brunton
Penrith Panthers Tinirau Arona, Geoff Daniela
Shellharbour Dragons Daniel Fepuleai
Newcastle Knights Johnathon Ford, Keith Lulia, Zane Tetavano
Newtown Jets Tere Glassie
Brisbane Broncos Alex Glenn
Melbourne Storm Fred Makimare
Bulldogs Joe Matapuku
North Sydney Bears Vinnie Ngaro
Cook Islands Domestic Leon Panapa, Brad Takairangi, John Viiga
Gold Coast Titans Dominique Peyroux
Wests Tigers Manikura Tikinau
Eastern Suburbs Tigers Ben Vaeau
  • Alex Glenn was originally named but withdrew after a groin injury required surgery.[11]

Toa Samoa[edit]

Coach: Willie Poching (Leeds Rhinos)[12]

Club Team Players
New Zealand Warriors Patrick Ah Van
Cronulla Sharks Jack Afamasaga, Terrence Seu Seu, Misi Taulapapa
Samoa Domestic Paul Chan-Tung, Tanielu Pasene, Tangi Ropati, Lepupa Taulagi
Wigan Warriors Harrison Hansen
Penrith Panthers Masada Iosefa, Joseph Paulo
Leeds Rhinos Kylie Leuluai
Salford City Reds Phillip Leuluai
Newcastle Knights Peter Mata'utia, Mark Taufua
St Helens RLFC Francis Meli, Tony Puletua
St George Illawarra Dragons Kyle Stanley
Eastern Suburbs Tigers Albert Talipeau
Gold Coast Titans Sam Tagataese

Papua New Guinea Kumuls[edit]

Coach: Adrian Lam (Sydney Roosters)[13][14]

Club Team Players
Gold Coast Titans David Mead
Wentworthville Magpies Richard Kambo
Newtown Jets/Sydney Roosters Tu’u Maori
Penrith Panthers Keith Peters
Redcliffe Dolphins James Nightingale
Northern Pride Jay Aston, Rod Griffin
Crusaders Jason Chan
Salford City Reds John Wilshere
North Queensland Cowboys Tyson Martin
Melbourne Storm Joe Bond
Agmark Gurias Dion Aiye, Rodney Pora, George Moni
SBS Muruks Jessie Joe Parker, Anton Kui
Goroka Lahanis Sigfred Gande, Glen Nami
Hunslet Hawks Charlie Wabo
Sheffield Eagles Menzie Yere

Fiji Bati[edit]

Coach: Terry Gilogely[14][15]

Club Team Players
Police Sharks Osea Sadrau, Jone Wesele
Lautoka Crushers Iowane Divavesi
Southern Districts Rebels Puna Rasaubale
Cabramatta Two Blues Donas Gock
Moore Park Brumbies Hamilton Hughes
Wentworthville Magpies Lepani Waqa
Nadera Panthers Sevanaia Koroi, Sitiveni Ralogaivau, Asaeli Saravaki
Newtown Jets Ryan Millard
Newcastle Knights Wes Naiqama, Kevin Naiqama, Akuila Uate
New Zealand Warriors Meli Koliavu
Leeds Rhinos Mike Ratu
Coral Coast Cowboys Jone Macilai, Joe Ravueta, Alipate Tani, Kaliova Tani

References[edit]