PNG Pukpuks

Pukpuks lose 40-0 to England in opener

England got off to a slow start, taking a 12-0 lead at the break with tries to Daniel Bibby and Charlie Hayter.

The second half saw England run away with the game with four answered tries at Westpac Stadium.

The Pukpuks still have two more games left today against Kenya at 3.56pm local time (12.56pm PNG time) and Argentina at 7.44pm (4.44pm PNG time).

In the other matches from this morning, Wales def. Russia 33-0, Canada def. Scotland 28-19, Fiji def. Australia 26-12, South Africa def. Japan 33-0, Argentina def. Kenya 17-12 and USA drew with France 21-21.

Pukpuks to face England in Rugby 7s opener

The game will kick off at Westpac Stadium at 12:55pm local time (9:55am PNG time).

PNG’s next game is against Kenya and will get underway at 3:56pm. This will be followed by the showdown with Argentina at 7:44pm.

The finals will be played the next day.

PNG has been placed in Pool A of the tournament with England, Kenya and Argentina. In Pool B are South Africa, Fiji, Australia and Japan.  Pool C consists of New Zealand, USA, France and Samoa. Pool D features Scotland, Wales, Russia and Canada.

The two day tournament will run from January 28-29.

Pukpuks squad named for World Rugby Sevens Series

President of the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU), Steven Kami said the Pukpuks will firstly take part in the Wellington Sevens from January 28-29 then onto the Sydney Sevens that will run from February 4-5.

Pukpuks assistant coach, Sailosi Druma said Henry Kalua and Arthur Clement are the co-captains for the side.

He said the only new face in the team is Freddy Rova from Central.

The squad:

Pukpuks finish last at Cup of Nations

The Pukpuks played their final match last Saturday against Zimbabwe at the Hong Kong Football Club.

Zimbabwe proved too strong in the end to come out victors with a 38-11 win and finish third at the Cup of Nations.

The Pukpuks points came from the boot of fullback and captain Tisa Kautu, and through a try from winger James Lumaris.

In the final, Russia successfully defended their title beating Hong Kong 27-0 to win the Cup of Nations for the second consecutive year.

The final points table:

Russia beat Pukpuks 49-19

Russia captain and flanker Viktor Gresev was instrumental in the win with a hat trick of tries to his name.

The defending champions were out to a 21-0 lead after Gresev’s first two tries in the 12th and 19th minute.

The Pukpuks were on the board after 21 minutes of play when winger John Ephraim crossed over. An unsuccessful conversion brought the score to 21-5.

But Russia continued to pile on the points with more points to Anton Ryabov and Valery Tsnobiladze.

Pukpuks to play Russia at King’s Park

Speaking at a press conference, Pukpuks coach, Sydney Wesley said the tournament is an opportunity for his players to gauge their game especially playing against the likes of reigning tournament champions, Russia and other participating teams in Zimbabwe and Hong Kong.

Pukpuks captain, Tisa Kautu added he was proud to be leading the team at the tournament.

“It’s the first time in years that a PNG 15s team has come to Hong Kong to play and I am very proud of our team for making it here,” said Kautu.

Hong Kong thrash Pukpuks 51-5

The hosts, Hong Kong proved too strong for the Pukpuks running in six tries at the King's Park Sports Ground.

The Pukpuks only try came in the 70th minute from captain, Tisa Kautu.

The Pukpuks who are taking part in the Cup of Nations tournament for the first time will play their next game on Tuesday against Russia at 5pm (7pm PNG time).

Four teams are taking part- PNG, Russia, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong.

PNGRU names 19-man train-on-squad for Oceania 7s

After the 2016 National Provincial championships held last weekend in Port Moresby, The PNGRU has selected its extended squad for a 10-day training before training the team down to the final 12 for the Pukpuks Sevens team.

The two days tournament will also fully combine the men's and women's Sevens Championships for the first time.

THE PNGRU during the last week’s national provincial tournament also selected its female side to make up the PNG Palais squad, but is yet to be announced.

U20 Pukpuks heading to Fiji for Oceania Trophy

The tournament will run from the 27th of November up to the 5th of December.

There are four countries taking part:  Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea  and Vanuatu

The Robin Tarere coached side will play their first game this Friday against Tonga at ANZ Stadium at 3pm (12pm PNG time).

The tournament will be played in a round robin competition over three rounds. The team with the highest number of competition points will be declared the winner of the 2015 Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy.

PNG 7s qualify for HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in 2016

The team, led by skipper Tisa Kautu, also featured debutants Robin Loma, Paul Nelson and Desmond Korpok who made their first international appearance at the tournament.

The PNG outfit beat American Samoa and Solomon Islands and was in the semi-finals for the Cup and a place in the Rio 2016 Olympics but lost to Australia, finishing 4th on the ladder after Australia, Tonga and Samoa respectively.