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Papua New Guinea 50 Wales 6: Welsh are battered in opening World Cup game in Pool C as Regan Grace hits hat-trick for hosts

WALES were battered 50-6 by Papua New Guinea in their opening game of the World Cup.

David Mead ran in a hat-trick as the hosts ran riot scoring 10 tries, Regan Grace went over for Wales who have a mountain to climb to reach the quarter-finals from Pool C.

Paul Aiton runs in a try for Papua New Guinea against Wales
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Wales, coached by John Kear, the Wakefield Trinity head of rugby, have not won a World Cup game since 2000 and that never stat was never in doubt in the searing heat of Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea took control of the game from the start with Mead putting the Welsh on the back foot with two early tries.

The game was stopped briefly when Wales’ Ben Evans claimed he was bitten on a finger in a tackle by Wellington Albert.

Referee Ben Cummins put the allegation on report, to be investigated after the match.

Papua New Guinea run riot against Wales
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Traditional Papua New Guinean dancers perform before game at Port Moresby
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Watson Boas adds to Welsh misery
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Kato Ottio went clear before Garry Lo sent Albert through following a cross-field run, Minoga also struck and Rhyse Martin went over twice after the break.

Olam picked up Martin’s grubber kick to cross before Mead completed his hat-trick, and Paul Aiton rounded off a great day for the southern hemisphere outfit before Courtney Davies converted Grace’s consolation for Wales.


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