28th October 2017, 11:26
REPORT: Papua New Guinea 50-6 Wales
Wales fell to a 50-6 defeat in their opening match of Rugby League World Cup 2017 against Papua New Guinea.
PNG have plenty of size within their ranks and, from an early stage, they began to gain an upperhand in the forwards.
They proved to be too strong for Wales and, whenever they attacked the line, they looked dangerous and capable of causing John Kear's men problems.
The hosts took the lead when David Mead managed to break the line down the right flank to touch down in the corner.
Five minutes later, they were over again through Mead, who collected a pass on the inside for a simple score underneath the posts.
Nene MacDonald then got in on the act as he barged his way over down the right. Although the referee sent the decision up to the video referee as no try, a try was awarded upon inspection.
After that, Wales had a ten-minute period where they asked a couple of questions of PNG, but the Kumuls grabbed two more tries shortly before half-time.
Despite a pass going astray on halfway, PNG recollected the ball and Watson Boas chipped a kick to the left corner for Kato Ottio to score.
The final try of the first-half went to Wellington Albert, who was sent over the line from close range by Garry Lo.
Following the restart, the Kumuls continued their scoring as Ase Boas put Rhyse Martin through the line for a walk in try.
Wales did have a couple of sets near PNG's line, but Matty Fozard was held-up as he attempted to dart over from acting half.
Martin was then over for his second and the host's seventh of the afternoon when he finished a nice flowing move down the right.
The second-rower next turned provider as he put in a grubber kick, which Justin Olam pounced upon in the left corner.
It was then Mead's turned to complete his hat-trick, diving on another grubber into the in-goal area.
PNG's final points came with ten minutes remaining as Kurt Baptiste sent Paul Aiton over with a nice cut-out pass.
It was, in fact, Wales who picked up the last points of the match when Regan Grace capitalised on a PNG error from Matty Seamark's lofted kick.
Wales will now take on Fiji in Townsville on November 5 in their second match of the tournament.
1 David Mead (c)
2 Justin Olam
3 Kato Ottio
4 Nene MacDonald
5 Garry Lo
6 Ase Boas
7 Watson Boas
8 Stanton Albert
9 Wartovo Puara
10 Luke Page
11 Rhyse Martin
12 Rod Griffin
13 Paul Aiton
14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Willie Minoga
16 James Segeyaro
17 Enock Maki
Tries: Mead (5, 10, 60), MacDonald (22), Ottio (34), Albert (37), Martin (43, 53), Olam (56), Aiton (70)
Goals: A Boas (0/2), Martin (5/8)
1 Elliot Kear
2 Rhys Williams
3 Michael Channing
4 Andrew Gay
5 Regan Grace
6 Courtney Davies
7 Matty Seamark
8 Craig Kopczak (c)
9 Steve Parry
10 Phil Joseph
11 Rhodri Lloyd
17 Chester Butler
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Matty Fozard
15 Sam Hopkins
16 Ben Evans
12 Ben Morris
Tries: Grace (80)
Goals: Davies (1/1)
Referee: Ben Cummins