Cook Islands players perform the Maori Ura ahead of the Rugby League World Cup group D match between Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England, Tuesday Oct. 25, 2022. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) 22102505
Papua New Guinea came away with a 32-16 win against the Cook Islands in a league game that included a pair of sin bins and a controversial try.
the 60th minute as the score sat 26-8 to the Kumuls, Cook Islands centre
Anthony Gelling attempted to turn out of a tackle, reaching his arm out to
ground the ball at the Halliwell Jones Stadium un Warrington, England,
on-field referee blew his whistle for a try, but Fox League’s Andrew Voss was
certain he was attempting to “sell” the four-pointer.
has bounced the ball, Gelling is claiming a try, but I don’t think so, I reckon
he bounced it for sure,” Fox League’s Andrew Voss said.
is going to try and sell it, referee for the moment is locking it in as a try.”
reviewing the footage multiple times, Bunker referee Liam Moore also awarded
the try as the ball bobbled out of Gelling’s hands.
Kumuls are really not happy with that, for me he didn’t seem to have control of
it when he grounded it,” Fox League’s James Graham said.
controversial decision that goes against the Kumuls.”
are shaking their heads saying when are the rugby league gods going to shine a
light on us, I can’t give that a try,” Voss said.
is going towards the dead ball line, the way he is pushing the ball.”
PNG flyer Rodrick Tai scored a stunning four-pointer to open the scoring,
slicing through the line off a 20-metre restart.
Kyle Laybutt added to the scoring eight minutes later with a darting run before
the Kumuls prop Mackenzie Yei was sent to the bin.
ugly tackle made direct contact with Rua Ngatikaura’s head, and the referee
raised 10 fingers to give him his marching orders.
Cook Islands used their extra man to find winger Paul Ulberg in the corner to
open the account.
one minute after returning from halftime, Rhyse Martin charged through the
defence from a Laybutt short ball.
Tai later scored again off the back off a scrappy kick, with Alex Johnston
injecting himself into the game, before a Justin Olam break sparked Lachlan
Lam’s first of the night.
scored the controversial four-pointer for the Cook Islands before Reubenn
Rennie was sent to the bin for an ugly lifting tackle.
makes no sense at all to produce that, this is high drama in Warrington, the
tackle was finished, but just not called for,” Voss said.
cannot do that, and it looks like Wellington is okay but you can’t do that,”
Olam scored a four-pointer of his own to put the game to bed, Johnston again
stepping past defenders to find the Storm flyer.
Cook Islands fullback Kayal Iro scored a consolation try with three minutes remaining in the contest, but Papua New Guinea had already skipped them in the Group D leaderboard to sit second.