Pukpuks downed after much-deserved win

After a much-deserved win against Spain at the HSBC Sydney sevens, PNG Pukpuks went down to Wales in trophy quarter-finals and then Canada this afternoon.

PNG sevens managed to put 14 points on the scoreboard but it wasn’t enough to Canada’s 31 points.

Gairo Kapana and Willie Tirang were the two try scorers for the PNG Pukpuks against Canada today as the HSBC Sydney sevens wound down today.

Canada ran in five tries to the Pukpuks’ two converted tries but Pukpuks never seemed to falter throughout the game.

The Aroma speedster made sure he contributed with a try to his name against the Canadians.

Willie Tirang came off the bench to boost the PNG sevens side and it wasn’t until after half time that he found his pace to run in the Pukpuks’ second try of the match.

Canada had been recovering from a rugby world cup qualifying loss to Uruguay earlier in the day after suffering from losses to Samoa and USA as well.

Pukpuks sevens were placed in the pool of death against defending champs, South Africa and England.

Despite this, PNG were pleased with the win they managed against Spain yesterday – 21 points to 17.

The match against Spain was truly a team effort that the PNG sevens team will take away from the 2018 HSBC Sydney Sevens.

(Picture by World Rugby)

Sophie Yaruso