31 Oct 2022
Match in Pictures: Papua New Guinea 36-0 Wales
Relive the Kumuls' six-try victory over Wales to clinch a quarter-final spot
By Jack Lacey-Hatton at the Eco-Power Stadium
Two tries apiece from Nixon Putt and Jimmy Ngutlik clinched Papua New Guinea's place in the quarter finals of the Rugby League World Cup.
A 36-0 win over Wales was enough to set up a last-eight clash with hosts England as the Kumuls finished second in Group D.
Wales could have gone through with a win by 22 points or more, but that never looked likely in the pouring rain in Doncaster.
Here are the best images from the game:
As ever, the Papua New Guinea fans were out in force. Getty Images
It did not take Papua New Guinea long to take control, Kyle Laybutt and then Nixon Putt getting over. Getty Images
Jimmy Ngutlik showed his pace as he raced clear of the Wales defence for a brilliant solo score. Getty Images
Dan Russell's try made it 24-0 at half-time for PNG. Getty Images.
The second half was tighter, with the Kumuls getting two further tries, Putt and Ngutlik each crossing. Getty Images.
Leigh teammates Caleb Aekins (Wales) and Lachlan Lam (PNG) caught up after the game. Getty Images.
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