Emerging Nations World Cup Hungary vs Vanuatu Preview

If Hungary's last game was anything to go by, you are not going to want to miss this game. The Bulls running out 20-18 winners over Greece in an absolute classic of an encounter, it had everything, big hits, strong running, a freakish try and a nail biting finish.

Vanuatu are back from their 4 year hiatus from international Rugby League, 4 years ago almost to the day was the last time that this rising nation last fielded an international team, the 11th of October 2014 against the Philippines in a 32-16 loss at Chapius Stadium, Luganville. In that time away they have created a strong and stable pool of domestic players in their national competition, many of them will be on show for the world to see come Thursday.

A Hungary win sees them safely into the next round of the cup and well on their way to cup success, a loss sees anxiously waiting on the result of Greece and Vanuatu's meeting in the final round of the Pool games.

Vanuatu's player of notoriety would have to be Alehana Mara, Mara played for the New Zealand Warriors during the 2010 to 2012 seasons making 16 appearances for the NRL outfit before being released, now he can be found at the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, his experience and guidance will no doubt be pivotal to this Vanuatu side re-emerging back onto the scene after a short time away.

Hungary have shown just how dangerous they can be, expect to see them working the edges as they did so eloquently against Greece, taking advantage of their strong and skillful second rower's like Paul Ivan, his breaks down the right flank paved the way for tries and while the Farkous brothers are very much the focus and linchpins, his subtle plays really helped pave the way to victory, ultimately Vanuatu are somewhat unknown and it will be very interesting to see what they bring to the table come Thursday evening, but their defense on the fringes is going to have be good to stop this Hungarian outfit.


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