Pacific Rugby League International

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The Pacific Rugby League International is a rugby league test match that has been played between two Pacific Island nations during the annual representative weekend since 2013. The match is played at Penrith Stadium. In 2015 Samoa and Tonga will compete for the Polynesian Cup while Fiji and Papua New Guinea will compete for the Melanesian Cup at Cbus Super Stadium.[1]

Match summaries[edit]

Date Winner Score Loser Venue
20 April 2013 Tonga 36 – 4 Samoa Penrith Football Stadium
3 May 2014 Samoa 32 – 16 Fiji Penrith Football Stadium
2 May 2015 Papua New Guinea 10 – 22 Fiji Gold Coast Football Stadium
2 May 2015 Samoa 18 – 16 Tonga Gold Coast Football Stadium

2013 test[edit]

2013 (2013) Pacific Rugby League test  ()
1 2 Total
SAM Samoa colours.svg 4 0 4
TON Tongamatemacolours.PNG 10 26 36
Date 20 April 2013
Stadium Centrebet Stadium Penrith
Location Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Man of the Match Tonga Samisoni Langi
Referee Matt Cecchin
Attendance 10,143
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentators Matt Russell, Greg Alexander, Mark Gasnier

The 2013 Pacific Rugby League test, was played between Samoa and Tonga. The fixture was created as a warm-up international for their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaigns. Tonga won the test match 36-4. Tonga's Samisoni Langi was the man of the match award, after scoring 16 points from two tries and four conversions.

The game had only a few seconds left when Tonga scored the last four pointer of the match, but had to be called off before Langi had the chance to convert the final try due to fans invading the pitch.[2]

Both teams selected a number of débutantes, with the most experienced players only appearing between 3-8 times. The most experienced players that played in the test match were Tonga's Richard Fa'aoso and Etu Uaisele who both made 8 appearances for their country before this test match. Samoa's most experienced player was Ben Roberts who made 3 appearances before this test match. All players were NRL based players, except for Tongan winger Etu Uaisele who played for the Wyong Roos in the New South Wales Cup.

Manly's Brent Kite captained Tonga, and South Sydney's Roy Asotasi led Samoa.

Match details[edit]

20 April 2013
Samoa  4 – 36  Tonga
Try: Vidot 27' m
Goal: Roberts (0/1)
Video Try: Langi (2) 4' c, 73' c
Likiliki (2) 11' m, 42' m
Fonua (2) 63' c, 79' (not attempted)
Uaisele 59' c
Goal: Langi (4/7) 4', 59', 63', 73'
Centrebet Stadium Penrith
Attendance: 10,143
Referee/s: Australia Matt Cecchin
Man of the Match: Samisoni Langi (Tonga)
FB 1 Cronulla colours.svg Matthew Wright
RW 2 North Queensland colours.svg Kalifa Faifai Loa
RC 3 North Queensland colours.svg Antonio Winterstein
LC 4 Melbourne colours.svg Junior Sa'u
LW 5 St. George colours.svg Daniel Vidot
SO 6 New Zealand colours.svg Carlos Tuimavave
SH 7 Parramatta colours.svg Ben Roberts
PR 8 South Sydney colours.svg Jeff Lima
HK 9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Masada Iosefa
PR 10 South Sydney colours.svg Roy Asotasi (c)
SR 11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Eddy Pettybourne
SR 12 Cronulla colours.svg Sam Tagataese
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Lama Tasi
Substitutions:
IC 14 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
IC 15 Canterbury colours.svg Martin Taupau
IC 16 Cronulla colours.svg Mark Taufua
IC 17 North Queensland colours.svg Alex Elisala
Coach:
Australia Steve Price
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Glen Fisiiahi
RW 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Michael Oldfield
RC 3 Melbourne colours.svg Mahe Fonua
LC 4 Newcastle colours.svg Siuatonga Likiliki
LW 5 Etu Uaisele
SO 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Samisoni Langi
SH 7 Panthers colours.svg Daniel Foster
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Brent Kite (c)
HK 9 Cronulla colours.svg Pat Politoni
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sam Moa
SR 11 Panthers colours.svg Sika Manu
SR 12 North Queensland colours.svg Jason Taumalolo
LF 13 Cronulla colours.svg Anthony Tupou
Substitutions:
IC 15 Parramatta colours.svg Fuifui Moimoi
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Richard Fa'aoso
IC 17 Wests Tigers colours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 18 Brisbane colours.svg David Hala (came in as a late replacement for the injured Nafe Seluini)
Coach:
Tonga Charlie Tonga

Aftermath[edit]

After the test match, Steve Price resigned from the role of coaching Samoa. Later in the year Aussie Matt Parish took over the role, coaching Samoa at the 2013 World Cup.

At the World Cup, Tonga defeated Italy and the Cook Islands in Group C, but lost to Scotland and failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Samoa was in Group B and lost to New Zealand before defeating Papua New Guinea and France to qualify for the quarter finals. They lost to Fiji 22-4 in the quarter finals to be eliminated from the tournament.

2014 test[edit]

2014 (2014) Pacific Rugby League test  ()
1 2 Total
SAM Samoa colours.svg 12 20 32
FIJ Fijibaticolours.PNG 16 0 16
Date 3 May 2014
Stadium Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Location Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Man of the Match Samoa Penani Manumalealii
Referee Ashley Klein
Attendance 9,063
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentators Matt Russell, Greg Alexander, Mark Gasnier

The 2014 Pacific Rugby League test, was played between Samoa and Fiji. The fixture was a qualifier for the 2014 Four Nations.[3][4][5] Samoa won the test match by 32-16 after being behind 16-12 at half-time. Samoa's Penani Manumalealii won the man of the match award, scoring 3 tries in the match.

Samoa picked 7 debutantes for the test match, while Fiji featured three. All of the Samoan team were National Rugby League based players, while the Fijian side had 10 players from the NRL. Samoa's most capped player was Daniel Vidot who made his 6th appearance for his country, while Fiji's most experienced players were Alipate Noilea, Aaron Groom, and captain Ashton Sims who all made their 10th appearance for their nation.

North Queensland's Ashton Sims captained Fiji, and Newcastle's David Fa'alogo led Samoa.

Match details[edit]

3 May 2014
Samoa  32 – 16  Fiji
Try: Manumalealii (3) 13' c, 38' c, 44' c
Tuimavave 54'c
Vidot 64'c
Tagataese 78'Red card.svg
Goal: Inu (6/6) 13', 38', 44', 50', 54', 64'
Video Try: Naiqama 16' c
Storer 27' c
Tuqiri 30' m
Goal: Tuqiri (2/3) 17', 28'
Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Attendance: 9,063
Referee/s: Australia Ashley Klein
Man of the Match: Penani Manumalealii (Samoa)
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Peter Mata'utia
RW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Daniel Vidot
RC 3 Cronulla colours.svg Ricky Leutele
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Krisnan Inu
LW 5 Melbourne colours.svg Young Tonumaipea
SO 6 Canterbury colours.svg Reni Maitua
SH 7 Cronulla colours.svg Penani Manumalealii
PR 17 New Zealand colours.svg Suaia Matagi
HK 9 New Zealand colours.svg Michael Sio
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg David Fa'alogo (c)
SR 11 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
SR 12 New Zealand colours.svg Dominique Peyroux
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Isaac Liu
Substitutions:
IC 15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dunamis Lui
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Jesse Sene-Lefao
IC 8 Cronulla colours.svg Sam Tagataese
IC 18 New Zealand colours.svg Carlos Tuimavave (came in as a late replacement for Junior Paulo)
Coach:
Australia Matt Parish
FB 1 Panthers colours.svg Kevin Naiqama
RW 2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Marika Koroibete
RC 3 Parramatta colours.svg Semi Radradra
LC 4 South Sydney colours.svg Lote Tuqiri
LW 5 Panthers colours.svg Etonia Nabuli
SO 6 Alipate Noilea
SH 7 Aaron Groom
PR 8 North Queensland colours.svg Ashton Sims (c)
HK 9 James Storer
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kane Evans
SR 11 Cronulla colours.svg Vitale Junior Roqica
SR 12 Peni Botiki
LF 13 Newcastle colours.svg Korbin Sims
Substitutions:
IC 18 Petero Civoniceva (came in as a late replacement for Waqa Blake)
IC 15 Panthers colours.svg Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 16 Fijibaticolours.PNG Osea Sadrau
IC 17 Fijibaticolours.PNG Atunaisa Turagaiviu
Coach:
Australia Rick Stone

Aftermath[edit]

After the test match, Petero Civoniceva said that "Test matches between emerging nations is a necessity for the game to grow outside of Australia, New Zealand and England".[6]

Due to the win, Samoa had qualified for the 2014 Four Nations.[7] Samoa lost all three matches, losing to England 26-32 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on the tournament's opening day double header, New Zealand 12-14 at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, and then finally, to Australia 18-44 at Win Stadium in Wollongong.

On the 19 October, Fiji defeated Lebanon 40-28 to win the inaugural Hayne/Mannah Cup.

2015 tests[edit]

Melanesian Cup[edit]

2015 (2015) Melanesian Cup  ()
1 2 Total
PNG Papua New Guinea colours.svg 0 10 10
FIJ Fijibaticolours.PNG 18 4 22
Date 2 May 2015
Stadium Cbus Super Stadium
Location Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Man of the Match Fiji Marika Koroibete
Referee Australia Matt Cecchin
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentator Joel Caine
Braith Anasta
Andy Raymond

On the 24th of December 2014, it was announced that Papua New Guinea would play Fiji and Samoa would play Tonga as part of a 2015 Pacific test double header. The 2015 Melanesian Cup was played between Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

Fiji beat Papua New Guinea to win the inaugural Melanesian Cup title.[8] Fiji never looked like losing the match after an easy first half performance, leading 18-0 at the break. They went on to win the test match by 22-10. Fiji's Marika Koroibete won the man of the match award, scoring 2 tries in the match. Papua New Guinea's defeat means that they still haven't won a test-match on away soil since the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji picked 6 débutantes for the test match, while PNG featured (?). Both team's had a fair share of NRL, Queensland or New South Wales Cup, as well as domestic club players. Papua New Guinea's most capped player was (?) who made his (?th) appearance for his country, while Fiji's most experienced player was their captain Jason Bukuya who made his 10th appearance for his country.

PNG Hunters' Israel Eliab captained Papua New Guinea, and Cronulla's Jason Bakuya led Fiji.

Match details[edit]

2 May 2015
Papua New Guinea  10 – 22  Fiji
Try: Trnka 52'
S Albert 68' c
Goal: Damen (0/1)
Zeming (1/1) 69'
Video Try: Bukuya 20' c
Koroibete (2) 28' c, 34' c
Goodall 76'
Goal: Koroisau (3/3) 22', 29', 35'
Wiliame (0/1)
FB 1 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Josh Damen
RW 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Nene MacDonald
RC 3 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Thompson Teteh
LC 4 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Kato Ottio
LW 5 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Matt Trnka
SO 6 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Israel Eliab (c)
SH 7 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Noel Zeming
PR 8 Panthers colours.svg Stanton Albert
HK 9 North Queensland colours.svg Ray Thompson
PR 10 Panthers colours.svg Wellington Albert
SR 11 Rhyse Martin
SR 12 Mackay Cutters colours.svg Tyson Martin
LF 13 Canberra colours.svg Luke Page
Substitutions:
IC 14 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Wartovo Puara
IC 15 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Willie Minoga
IC 16 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Brandy Peter
IC 17 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Adam Korave
Coach:
Australia Mal Meninga
FB 1 Wests Tigers colours.svg Kevin Naiqama
RW 2 Melbourne colours.svg Marika Koroibete
RC 3' Parramatta colours.svg Fabian Goodall
LC 4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Brayden Wiliame
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Eto Nabuli
SO 6 South Sydney colours.svg Daryl Millard
SH 7 Ryan Millard
PR 8 Eloni Vunakece
HK 9 Panthers colours.svg Apisai Koroisau
PR 16 Fijibaticolours.PNG Tikio Noke
SR 11 Cronulla colours.svg Jason Bukuya (c)
SR 12 Newcastle colours.svg Jacob Saifiti
LF 13 Newcastle colours.svg Korbin Sims
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canterbury colours.svg Tyrone Phillips
IC 15 North Queensland colours.svg Viliame Kikau
IC 10 Newcastle colours.svg Daniel Saifiti
IC 17 Fijibaticolours.PNG Osea Sadrau
Coach:
Australia Rick Stone

Polynesian Cup[edit]

2015 (2015) Polynesian Cup  ()
1 2 Total
SAM Samoa colours.svg 10 8 18
TON Tongamatemacolours.PNG 4 12 16
Date 2 May 2015
Stadium Cbus Super Stadium
Location Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Man of the Match Samoa Sam Kasiano
Referee Australia Ben Cummins
Attendance 12,336
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Fox Sports Australia
Commentator Andrew Voss
Greg Alexander
Andy Raymond

On the 24th of December 2014, it was announced that Papua New Guinea would play Fiji and Samoa would play Tonga as part of a 2015 Pacific test double header. The 2015 Polynesian Cup was played between Samoa and Tonga. Before this test-match began, the head-to-head series saw Samoa win 5, Tonga win 4 and 1 draw.

Samoa beat Tonga to win the inaugural Polynesian Cup title[9] It was always a tight affair with no more than a 6 point margin separating the teams throughout the game. In the 77th minute a famous try-saving tackle was made on Tonga's Jorge Tafua. Tafua attempted to dive into the corner, after being pressured to move there, to score his hat-rick only to be knocked into touch with a combined colossal hit by big Samoans Frank Pritchard and Sam Kasiano. These two Samoans therefore prevented losing the lead with just minutes to play. The Samoans won the game 18-16.

Samoa picked 2 débutantes for the test match, while Tonga featured four. Both team's players were National Rugby League based players. Samoa's most capped player was Daniel Vidot who made his 10th appearance for his country, while Tonga's most experienced player was Richard Fa'aoso who also made his 10th appearance for his country.

Canterbury's Frank Pritchard captained Samoa, and Penrith's Sika Manu led Tonga.

Match details[edit]

2 May 2015
Samoa  18 – 16  Tonga
Try: McGuire 24' c
Vidot 37'
Pritchard 56'
Peyroux 70'
Goal: Simona (1/4) 26'
Video Try: Tafua (2) 28', 48'
S Manu 52' c
Goal: Langi (0/2)
Kata (2/2) 53', 65'
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Attendance: 12,336
Referee/s: Australia Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Sam Kasiano (Samoa)
FB 1 North Queensland colours.svg Tautau Moga
RW 2 Newcastle colours.svg Pat Mata'utia
RC 3 Newcastle colours.svg Joseph Leilua
LC 4 Cronulla colours.svg Ricky Leutele
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Daniel Vidot
SO 6 Newcastle colours.svg Carlos Tuimavave
SH 7 Wests Tigers colours.svg Tim Simona
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Sam Kasiano
HK 9 Brisbane colours.svg Josh McGuire
PR 10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Sauaso Sue
SR 11 Illawarra colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
SR 12 Canterbury colours.svg Frank Pritchard (c)
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Isaac Liu
Substitutions:
IC 15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dunamis Lui
IC 16 New Zealand colours.svg Sam Lisone
IC 17 New Zealand colours.svg Dominique Peyroux
IC 18 New Zealand colours.svg Michael Sio
Coach:
Australia Matt Parish
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Tuimoala Lolohea
RW 2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Jorge Taufua
RC 3 New Zealand colours.svg Konrad Hurrell
LC 4 New Zealand colours.svg Solomone Kata
LW 5 Melbourne colours.svg Mahe Fonua
SO 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Samisoni Langi
SH 7 Wests Tigers colours.svg Joel Luani
PR 8 Parramatta colours.svg Richard Fa'aoso
HK 9 Cronulla colours.svg Pat Politoni
PR 10 Parramatta colours.svg Peni Terepo
SR 11 Panthers colours.svg Sika Manu (c)
SR 12 Parramatta colours.svg Manu Ma'u
LF 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Siosiua Taukeiaho
Substitutions:
IC 14 Cronulla colours.svg Sosaia Feki
IC 15 Panthers colours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 16 Melbourne colours.svg Felise Kaufusi
IC 17 New Zealand colours.svg Albert Vete
Coach:
Australia Kristian Woolf

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kumar, Rashneel. "WC platform". Fiji Times Limited. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/tonga-smashes-samoa-in-a-chaotic-league-test-shutout/story-e6frf3ou-1226625107999
  3. ^ "Rugby League Planet". Rugby League Planet. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Four Nations Rugby League: Fiji to play Samoa for a place in tournament". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Samoa beat Fiji to advance to Four Nations". Nrl.com. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "We need more Tests: Civoniceva". Nrl.com. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Four Nations Schedule". Triple M. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Koroibete delights in Fiji win over PNG". Nrl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tonga torpedoed by flying Kasiano". Nrl.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.