Tonga vs Papua New Guinea World Cup Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Tonga and Papua New Guinea square off in what could be one of the best matches during the opening week of the Rugby League World Cup on Wednesday morning AEDT.

Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Tips, Prediction & Preview

Tonga vs Papua New Guinea free expert Rugby League World Cup tips, predictions & preview – Papua New Guinea have covered the +27.5 line in their last 12 games…

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Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Tips

Best Papua New Guinea +27.5 line odds $1.90 with Ladbrokes

  • PNG have won six of the seven previous meetings between the nations
  • PNG have covered the +27.5 line in their last 12 games
  • Alex Johnston scored 30 tries in 25 games for the Rabbitohs this season
  • David Fifita scored a hat-trick in Tonga’s warm-up win over France

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Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Match Details

🌏 Competition: Rugby League World Cup
🗓 Date: Wednesday October 19
Time: 5.30am AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Totally Wicked Stadium


Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Head to Head (last five matches)

Papua New Guinea have won six of the seven previous meetings between the teams, although their last clash was in 2014. Their last meeting at the World Cup came all the way back in 200.

Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Preview & Prediction

An intriguing clash awaits in Group D as Tonga and Papua New Guinea collide in what is sure to be a bruising encounter in St. Helens.

Tonga are the overwhelming $1.03 favourites, but we’re loving the value on offer for Papua New Guinea to cover the massive +27.5 line at $1.90.

The Kumuls are being overlooked a bit heading into their tournament opener – PNG have plenty of high-level NRL talent in their backline, including leading try scorer of the last two season in Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston, along with Storm stars Xavier Coates and Justin Olam.

Lachlan Lam is a solid halfback, while their forwards are all more than capable at this level.

Tonga will have to be on their guard to avoid a massive boilover – they are without suspended captain Jason Taumalolo, so the likes of David Fifita and Addin Fonua-Blake will need to step up in his absence.

Tonga were taking the international game by storm before the pandemic, registering huge victories over the likes of Australia and Great Britain, but their momentum has been halted somewhat and they weren’t too flash in a 26-6 loss to New Zealand earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the Tongan side have tons of NRL experience and should have the edge when this game gets into the final 20 minutes.

VERDICT:

As mentioned, PNG are incredible value and we give them a great chance of covering the +27.5 line. PNG were superb in beating Fiji earlier this season and while a similar ambush of Tonga might be a bit of a stretch, they are more than capable of keep this relatively close (Best Papua New Guinea +27.5 line odds $1.90 with Ladbrokes.)


Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Teams

Tonga team: 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Viliami Penisini 5. Sione Katoa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Tuimoala Lolohea 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Keaon Koloamatangi 14. Soni Luke 15. Haumole Olakau’atu 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Moeaki Fotuaika 18. David Fifita 19. Moses Suli 20. Tolutau Koula 21. Ben Murdoch-Masila 24. Isaiya Katoa

Papua New Guinea team: 1. Alex Johnston 3. Nene Macdonald 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Lachlan Lam 8. Wellington Albert 9. Edwin Ipape 10. Sylvester Namo 11. Nixon Putt 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Jacob Allick 15. Daniel Russell 16. Mckenzie Yei 17. Emmanuel Waine 18. Keven Appo 20. Rodrick Tai 21. Sherwin Tanabi 23. Watson Boas


Tonga vs Papua New Guinea Stats

  • PNG have won six of the seven previous meetings between the nations
  • PNG have covered the +27.5 line in their last 12 games
  • Alex Johnston scored 30 tries in 25 games for the Rabbitohs this season
  • David Fifita scored a hat-trick in Tonga’s warm-up win over France

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