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PNG beat Cook Islands with Test win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017 Simone Ziaziaris

Stargroth Amean of PNG celebrates with team mates after scoring. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images Stargroth Amean of PNG celebrates with team mates after scoring. An incredible penalty goal from the halfway line right on the fulltime siren from Ase Boas has capped off Papua New Guinea's 32-22 win against the Cook Islands.

The sides were 12-all at halftime at Campbelltown Sports Ground on Saturday, in the first of the Pacific Test triple header.

PNG took an early lead with two consecutive tries from Thompson Teteh and Wartovo Puara.

Geoff Daniela opened the scoring for the Cook Islands after a set-up pass by youngster Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Reubenn Rennie of the Cook Islands is tackled during the Pacific Test match between the Cook Islands and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, May 6, 2017. © AAP Image/Craig Golding Reubenn Rennie of the Cook Islands is tackled during the Pacific Test match between the Cook Islands and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, May 6, 2017. 21-year-old Nicoll-Klokstad, who debuted for the Warriors last week, covered 125 metres in the first-half alone, but was taken off the field with an injury in the second half.

PNG regained some momentum in the second half with Stargroth Amean securing two tries and Tom Butterfield scoring one.

Daniela then scored his second try and Wests Tigers second rower Esan Marsters scored another consolation try soon after for the Cook Islands.

Ase Boas of the Kumuls kicks during the Pacific Test match between the Cook Islands and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, May 6, 2017. © AAP Image/Craig Golding Ase Boas of the Kumuls kicks during the Pacific Test match between the Cook Islands and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Boas' penalty goal closed out the scoring, giving the Kumuls their second straight Pacific Test win after last year's 24-22 victory against Fiji.

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