Pacific Invitational Match Thread (Fiji v lebanese; PNG v Samoa)

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  1. Burns

    Burns First Grade

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    Fiji v Lebanon game just started.

    There is a few thousand at Leichardt. Lebanon look like an amateur team, Fiji should win this very easily.

    Going from NZ v Tonga to this is whiplash haha
     
  2. Jim from Oz

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    First game result : Fiji 58 Lebanon 14

    Fiji were all over them in the first half but Lebanon fought back in a second,

    Samoa up 6-0 early against Papua New Guinea.

    About 7000 people at Leichardt, pretty disappointing crowd but it is a cold and damp night
     
  3. Jim from Oz

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    Samoa 12 PNG 6 at half time
     
  4. deluded pom?

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    Any protests by the Lebanon players?
     
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    No, except for Robbie Farah taking Fiji’s last conversion.

    Lebanon looked unfit and like they hadn’t trained much. The domestic fella who came on for the last 3 minutes was so out of his depth - the one attempt he had of a tackle was something you see in under 12s rugby union.
     
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  6. firechild

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    Can anyone explain why the match between Lebanon and Fiji was called the Pacific test? Last time I had a look at a map, Lebanon wasn't anywhere near the Pacific.
     
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  7. Jim from Oz

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    Cos this is international rugby league lol !

    Final attendance was apparently 8048
     
  8. Stallion

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    8408 was the official attendance number. Wet inclement weather did not help either.
     
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  9. deluded pom?

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    It’s a bit like Japan playing in the Copa America in soccer.
     
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  10. adamkungl

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    Lebanon's dramas all week no doubt effected ticket sales and their preparation.

    I honestly thought the game wouldn't go ahead. They need to sort themselves out before getting any more games of this standing.


    The Samoa v PNG game was hugely entertaining. Love watching PNG play, even when they don't quite click in attack they way the play the game is just so physical and enthusiastic.
     
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  11. Jim from Oz

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    Yep, totally agree

    thought it was by far the most entertaining of the 3 tests on Saturday
     
  12. miguel de cervantes

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    agree, PNG v Samoa best test. Better that SOO even.
     
  13. miguel de cervantes

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    How they can not make money off a test like that is beyond me, considering the millions in PNG that would pay, what, a $1 to see the game?
     
  14. adamkungl

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    Lack of vision and ambition
     
  15. adamkungl

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    I enjoyed the Kiwis bounce back.
    Smith, Marshall and Johnson combined for some great attack.
    Since the 2017 WC they are 2/2 at home which should help bring the fans confidence back, despite the 1/4 against England in the Northern hemisphere last year.
    A win or 2 in November would be great for them.

    And despite the blowout score, watching Fiji play is very entertaining. If you built a Rugby League player from scratch with the ideal build, you'd build a Fijian. Made for the game.
     
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    What we learnt from the tests;

    Lebanon : Need to improve greatly and get both domestic and national team sorted out.

    Fiji: Great to see a mix of young and experienced team with a lot of Fiji born players in the team. Great to see.

    Samoa: seem solid and a lot better than last year. Few key players missing but looked like a strong team. Would have loved to seem them play Fiji.

    PNG: Were better than Lebanon but key players missing and apart from Segeyaro they don't have solid NRL playmakers to call on.

    Location: maybe if this is on next year in Sydney do it at Paramatta stadium or an all seater stadium with easier public transport. Leichhardt is ok on a Sunday afternoon but on a wet and cold Saturday where parking is atrocious doesn't help
     
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  17. adamkungl

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    Samoa v Fiji is being played in November as the undercard to Aus v Tonga and NZ v GB in the Eden Park triple header
     
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  18. latingringo101

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    True, just meant if they played with those exact teams on Saturday
     
  19. Burns

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    If the Oceanic Cup first round game isn’t played at BankWest Stadium someone should get fired.
     

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