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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online) - Papua New Guinea's hopes for a World Cup rugby tournament place next year were shattered when they lost 47-14 to a heavier Tongan side in Port Moresby.

The Pukpuks have to be thankful for a woeful day by Tonga's kicker Peirre Hola, who missed most of the conversions. Otherwise the final scoreline in this playoff game would have been much more humiliating.

"They were a much heavier side but I want to thank my forwards, they put their hands up against them," Pukpuk captain Paul Joseph said after the loss.

"We have one more game with them in Tonga and I am sure the boys will lift their game," Joseph said.

Tonga coach Jim Love said he was impressed with the performance of the Pukpuks.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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