PNG Pukpuks dominate second half for Oceania champs win


The Oceania Rugby Championship has kicked off with the hosts Papua New Guinea defeating Vanuatu 39-13 at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby.

It was 19-13 to the Pukpuks at half-time before they pulled away to record a comprehensive victory.

The tournament is back for the first time since 2019 due to Covid-19 and will also feature Solomon Islands.

PNG now play the Solomons on Sunday, and the Solomons and Vanuatu face off on 10 November.

The Pukpuks are the reigning champions after claiming the title in 2019, also in Port Moresby.

The Oceania Rugby Championship has served as a Rugby World Cup qualification tournament since 2009.