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2017 Rugby League World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is one of the four groups in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which began on 28 October and was completed on 11 November 2017. The group comprised New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland and Tonga. Tonga finished top of the pool while New Zealand and Samoa also qualified for the quarter-finals.

Overall

Key to colours in pool tables
Advances to knockout stage and qualifies for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Tonga 3 3 0 0 110 44 +66 6
 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 134 42 +92 4
 Samoa 3 0 1 2 40 84 −44 1
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 24 138 −114 1

New Zealand vs Samoa

28 October 2017
20:10 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand  38 – 8  Samoa
Tries:
Jordan Rapana (4') 1
Shaun Johnson (20') 1
Brad Takairangi (46') 1
Kodi Nikorima (52') 1
Issac Liu (55') 1
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (68') 1
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (72') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 5/7
(21', 53', 56', 69', 73')
1st: 10 – 4
2nd: 28 – 4
Report[1]
Tries:
1 (37') Ken Maumalo
1 (80') Joseph Paulo
Goals:
0/1 Peter Matautia
0/1 Tim Lafai
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 17,857
Referee: James Child (England)
Man of the Match: Joseph Tapine (New Zealand)
Team lists:
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
CE 3 Cronulla colours.svg Gerard Beale
CE 4 Parramatta colours.svg Brad Takairangi
WG 5 Canberra colours.svg Jordan Rapana
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kodi Nikorima
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Shaun Johnson
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Martin Taupau
HK 9 Wigancolours.svg Thomas Leuluai
PR 18 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 13 New Zealand colours.svg Simon Mannering
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Tapine
LK 10 Brisbane colours.svg Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Melbourne colours.svg Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15 St. George colours.svg Russell Packer
IC 16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Isaac Liu
IC 17 Newcastle colours.svg Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1 Melbourne colours.svg Young Tonumaipea
WG 2 Newcastle colours.svg Peter Mata’utia
CE 3 St. George colours.svg Tim Lafai
CE 4 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Leilua
WG 5 New Zealand colours.svg Ken Maumalo
FE 6 Cronulla colours.svg Joseph Paulo
HB 7 Castleford colours.svg Ben Roberts
PR 8 Canberra colours.svg Junior Paulo
HK 9 New Zealand colours.svg Jazz Tevaga
PR 10 New Zealand colours.svg Sam Lisone
SR 11 Canberra colours.svg Josh Papalii
SR 12 Parramatta colours.svg Frank Pritchard (c)
LK 13 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
Substitutes:
IC 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Pita Godinet
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Herman Ese’ese
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Suaia Matagi
IC 17 New Zealand colours.svg Bunty Afoa
Coach:
Matt Parish

Scotland vs Tonga

29 October 2017
16:15 AEDT (UTC+10)
Scotland  4 – 50  Tonga
Tries:
Danny Addy (62') 1
Goals:
Danny Brough 0/1
1st: 0 – 38
2nd: 4 – 12
Report[2]
Tries:
3 (3', 20', 40') Michael Jennings
2 (26', 73') Daniel Tupou
1 (17') Jason Taumalolo
1 (23') Sika Manu
1 (38') Peni Terepo
1 (76') Ata Hingano
Goals:
6/7 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(4', 19', 21', 24', 75', 78')
1/2 Ata Hingano
(40')
Barlow Park, Cairns
Attendance: 9,216
Referee: Phil Bentham (England)
Man of the Match: Jason Taumalolo (Tonga)

Notes:

  • Due to high humidity conditions, the game was played with quarter-time drinks breaks after the heat rule was invoked.[3]
Team lists:
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Lewis Tierney
WG 2 Wolvescolours.svg Matty Russell
CE 3 Broncoscolours.png Ben Hellewell
CE 4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Lachlan Stein
WG 5 HKRcolours.svg Will Oakes
FE 6 Giantscolours.svg Danny Brough (c)
HB 7 HKRcolours.svg Danny Addy
PR 8 Saintscolours.svg Luke Douglas
HK 9 ToulouseRLcolours.png Kane Bentley
PR 10 HKRcolours.svg Ben Kavanagh
SR 11 Fevcolours.svg Frankie Mariano
SR 12 Giantscolours.svg Dale Ferguson
LK 13 New Zealand colours.svg James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14 Workingtoncolours.svg Callum Phillips
IC 15 ToulouseRLcolours.png Andrew Bentley
IC 16 Fevcolours.svg Sam Brooks
IC 17 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jonathan Walker
Coach:
Steve McCormack
FB 1 Canterbury colours.svg William Hopoate
WG 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Daniel Tupou
CE 3 Parramatta colours.svg Michael Jennings
CE 4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Konrad Hurrell
WG 5 Redscolours.svg Manu Vatuvei
FE 6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Fifita
HK 9 St. George colours.svg Siliva Havili
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11 Parramatta colours.svg Manu Ma'u
SR 12 Hullcolours.svg Sika Manu (c)
LK 13 North Queensland colours.svg Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Sione Katoa
IC 15 Catalanscolours.svg Sam Moa
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Peni Terepo
IC 17 Redscolours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

New Zealand vs Scotland

4 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand  74 – 6  Scotland
Tries:
Te Maire Martin (32', 52', 76') 3
Pita Hiku (39', 58', 69') 3
Jason Nightingale (13', 23') 2
Kenny Bromwich (9') 1
Joseph Tapine (16') 1
Russell Packer (43') 1
Dean Whare (55') 1
Shaun Johnson (61') 1
Elijah Taylor (79') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 9/14
(11', 33', 44', 53', 56', 60', 63', 70', 80')
1st: 28 – 0
2nd: 46 – 6
Report[4]
Tries:
1 (72') Oscar Thomas
Goals:
1/1 Danny Addy
(73')
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 12,130
Referee: Henry Perenara (New Zealand)
Man of the Match: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)
Team lists:
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2 St. George colours.svg Jason Nightingale
CE 3 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Dean Whare
CE 4 Parramatta colours.svg Brad Takairangi
WG 5 Wolvescolours.svg Peta Hiku
FE 6 North Queensland colours.svg Te Maire Martin
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Shaun Johnson
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Martin Taupau
HK 9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Elijah Taylor
PR 18 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 13 Melbourne colours.svg Kenny Bromwich
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Tapine
LK 10 Brisbane colours.svg Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Melbourne colours.svg Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15 St. George colours.svg Russell Packer
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Addin Fonua-Blake
IC 17 Newcastle colours.svg Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1 Broncoscolours.png Alex Walker
WG 2 Wigancolours.svg Lewis Tierney
CE 3 Broncoscolours.png Ben Hellewell
CE 4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Lachlan Stein
WG 5 Wolvescolours.svg Matty Russell
FE 6 Giantscolours.svg Danny Brough (c)
HB 7 Bullscolours.svg Oscar Thomas
PR 8 Saintscolours.svg Luke Douglas
HK 9 HKRcolours.svg Danny Addy
PR 10 HKRcolours.svg Ben Kavanagh
SR 11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jarred Anderson
SR 12 Giantscolours.svg Dale Ferguson
LK 13 New Zealand colours.svg James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14 ToulouseRLcolours.png Kane Bentley
IC 15 Fevcolours.svg Sam Brooks
IC 16 Bullscolours.svg Brandan Wilkinson
IC 17 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jonathan Walker
Coach:
Steve McCormack

Samoa vs Tonga

In the week leading up to the match there were several "vicious street brawls" between Samoan and Tongan supporters.[5][6] This led to members of both the Tongan and Samoan teams calling for calm.[7][8] 29 people were arrested for fighting after the game.[9]

4 November 2017
19:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
Samoa  18 – 32  Tonga
Tries:
Jazz Tevaga (17') 1
Ben Roberts (65') 1
Tim Lafai (73') 1
Goals:
Tim Lafai 3/3
(18', 66', 74')
1st: 6 – 14
2nd: 12 – 18
Report[10]
Tries:
2 (10', 29') Michael Jennings
1 (52') Peni Terepo
1 (60') Ben Murdoch-Masila
1 (77') Manu Ma'u
Goals:
4/4 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(11', 28' pen, 30', 79')
2/2 Ata Hingano
(53', 61')
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 18,156
Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Andrew Fifita (Tonga)
Team lists:
FB 1 Melbourne colours.svg Young Tonumaipea
WG 2 Cronulla colours.svg Ricky Leutele
CE 3 St. George colours.svg Tim Lafai
CE 4 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Leilua
WG 5 New Zealand colours.svg Ken Maumalo
FE 20 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Jarome Luai
HB 7 Castleford colours.svg Ben Roberts
PR 8 Canberra colours.svg Junior Paulo
HK 9 New Zealand colours.svg Jazz Tevaga
PR 10 Brisbane colours.svg Herman Ese'ese
SR 11 Canberra colours.svg Josh Papalii
SR 12 Parramatta colours.svg Frank Pritchard (c)
LK 13 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
Substitutes:
IC 14 Cronulla colours.svg Fa'amanu Brown
IC 15 South Sydney colours.svg Zane Musgrove
IC 16 New Zealand colours.svg Sam Lisone
IC 17 New Zealand colours.svg Bunty Afoa
Coach:
Matt Parish
FB 1 Canterbury colours.svg William Hopoate
WG 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Daniel Tupou
CE 3 Parramatta colours.svg Michael Jennings
CE 4 New Zealand colours.svg Solomone Kata
WG 5 New Zealand colours.svg David Fusitu'a
FE 6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Fifita
HK 14 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Sione Katoa
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11 Parramatta colours.svg Manu Ma'u
SR 12 Hullcolours.svg Sika Manu (c)
LK 13 North Queensland colours.svg Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 9 St. George colours.svg Siliva Havili
IC 15 Catalanscolours.svg Sam Moa
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Peni Terepo
IC 17 Redscolours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

New Zealand vs Tonga

In what was described as " the small island nation's greatest ever sporting achievement". During celebrations following the match, 53 Tongan supporters were arrested in Auckland.[11][12]

11 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand  22 – 28  Tonga
Tries:
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (39', 72') 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (21') 1
Jordan Rapana (28') 1
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 3/4
(30', 40', 73')
1st: 16 – 2
2nd: 6 – 26
Report[13]
Tries:
3 (48', 59', 77') David Fusitu'a
1 (62') Tuimoala Lolohea
1 (65') William Hopoate
Goals:
3/4 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(7' pen, 63'), 66')
1/2 Tuimoala Lolohea
(60')
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 24,041
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Tuimoala Lolohea (Tonga)
Team lists:
FB 1 New Zealand colours.svg Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
WG 2 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
CE 3 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Dean Whare
CE 4 Parramatta colours.svg Brad Takairangi
WG 5 Canberra colours.svg Jordan Rapana
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kodi Nikorima
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Shaun Johnson
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Martin Taupau
HK 9 Wigancolours.svg Thomas Leuluai
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
SR 11 New Zealand colours.svg Simon Mannering
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Tapine
LK 13 Brisbane colours.svg Adam Blair (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14 Melbourne colours.svg Nelson Asofa-Solomona
IC 15 St. George colours.svg Russell Packer
IC 16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Isaac Liu
IC 17 Newcastle colours.svg Danny Levi
Coach:
David Kidwell
FB 1 Canterbury colours.svg William Hopoate
WG 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Daniel Tupou
CE 18 Hullcolours.svg Mahe Fonua
CE 4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Konrad Hurrell
WG 5 New Zealand colours.svg David Fusitu'a
FE 6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Tuimoala Lolohea
HB 7 New Zealand colours.svg Mafoa'aeata Hingano
PR 8 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Fifita
HK 9 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Sione Katoa
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sio Siua Taukeiaho
SR 11 Parramatta colours.svg Manu Ma'u
SR 12 Hullcolours.svg Sika Manu (c)
LK 13 North Queensland colours.svg Jason Taumalolo
Substitutes:
IC 14 St. George colours.svg Siliva Havili
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Peni Terepo
IC 17 Redscolours.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
IC 21 Brisbane colours.svg Tevita Pangai Junior
Coach:
Kristian Woolf

Notes:

  • This was New Zealand's first lost on home soil since 2012, when they lose to Australia in Auckland at Eden Park.
  • This was the first time a tier two nation had defeated Australia, England or New Zealand in a World Cup match.[14]

Samoa vs Scotland

11 November 2017
17:00 AEDT (UTC+10)
Samoa  14 – 14  Scotland
Tries:
Junior Paulo (12') 1
Matthew Wright (49') 1
Young Tonumaipea (66') 1
Goals:
Matthew Wright 1/3
(13')
1st: 6 – 14
2nd: 8 – 0
Report[15]
Tries:
1 (5') Lewis Tierney
1 (28') Frankie Mariano
Goals:
3/4 Danny Addy
(6', 18' pen, 30')
Barlow Park, Cairns
Attendance: 4,309
Referee: Ashley Klein (Australia)
Man of the Match: Danny Addy (Scotland)
Team lists:
FB 1 Melbourne colours.svg Young Tonumaipea
WG 2 Cronulla colours.svg Ricky Leutele
CE 3 St. George colours.svg Tim Lafai
CE 4 Canberra colours.svg Joseph Leilua
WG 5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Matthew Wright
FE 6 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Jarome Luai
HB 7 Cronulla colours.svg Fa'amanu Brown
PR 8 Canberra colours.svg Junior Paulo
HK 9 New Zealand colours.svg Jazz Tevaga
PR 10 Brisbane colours.svg Herman Ese’ese
SR 11 Canberra colours.svg Josh Papalii
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Frank Winterstein
LK 13 New Zealand colours.svg Bunty Afoa
Substitutes:
IC 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Pita Godinet
IC 15 Cronulla colours.svg Joseph Paulo
IC 16 St. George colours.svg Leeson Ah Mau
IC 17 Cronulla colours.svg Sam Tagataese
Coach:
Matt Parish
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Lewis Tierney
WG 2 Barrowcolours.svg Shane Toal
CE 3 Broncoscolours.png Ben Hellewell
CE 4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Lachlan Stein
WG 5 Wolvescolours.svg Matty Russell
FE 6 HKRcolours.svg Danny Addy
HB 7 Bullscolours.svg Oscar Thomas
PR 8 Saintscolours.svg Luke Douglas (c)
HK 9 Workingtoncolours.svg Callum Phillips
PR 10 HKRcolours.svg Ben Kavanagh
SR 11 Fevcolours.svg Frankie Mariano
SR 12 Giantscolours.svg Dale Ferguson
LK 13 New Zealand colours.svg James Bell
Substitutes:
IC 14 ToulouseRLcolours.png Kane Bentley
IC 15 Bullscolours.svg Brandan Wilkinson
IC 16 ToulouseRLcolours.png Andrew Bentley
IC 17 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jarred Anderson
Coach:
Steve McCormack

References

  1. ^ Rosser, Corey (28 October 2017). "Kiwis beat Samoa with second-half blitz". NRL.com.
  2. ^ Webeck, Tony (29 October 2017). "Taumalolo runs riot in big Tonga win". NRL.com.
  3. ^ "Rugby League World Cup: Tonga thrash Scotland in opener". NZ Herald. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ Richards, Eden (4 November 2017). "Martin stars as Kiwis smash Scotland". NRL.com.
  5. ^ "Four arrests after brawl between supporters of Tongan and Samoan league teams". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Fresh violence erupts between Samoan and Tongan league fans". 1 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  7. ^ "Samoa prop Sam Tagataese calls for respect between rival fans after street brawling". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Manu Vatuvei calls for calm as street violence mars buildup to Tonga v Samoa World Cup clash". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  9. ^ "29 arrested in south Auckland after fights break out following rowdy league celebrations". Stuff. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  10. ^ Rosser, Corey (4 November 2017). "Tonga book maiden World Cup finals spot". NRL.com.
  11. ^ [www.stuff.co.nz]
  12. ^ [www.nzherald.co.nz]
  13. ^ [www.rlwc2017.com]
  14. ^ [www.stuff.co.nz]
  15. ^ [www.rlwc2017.com]

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