Poland pounce on Hong Kong

Game 6 of the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship had Hong Kong Rugby League taking on the Polish Rugby League side in some wet and miserable weather. It was an evenly fought opening 10 minutes of the game as both teams had their opportunities early. An early error by Hong Kong let Poland off the hook before Poland worked their way into an attacking set and got the scoring going for the game. Star half Harry Siejka showed his skills early on with a bit of footwork before throwing the over the top cut out to his centre Simon Maslanka who went over in the corner. The conversion was missed by Harry Siejka. Poland were quick to go on the attack once again and insert their early dominance by stacking on more points. With a few repeat sets coming their way, the Hong Kong defence cracked again when Poland scored off an almost identical set piece that they scored off last time, but this time on the opposite side. Five-Eight Jonah Metuangaro took on the defensive line and launched a beautiful cut out pass to his winger in Robert Mykietyn to push his way over near the left side corner post. Conversion unsuccessful by Harry Siejka. Although having a rough time from the tee with the conversions, Harry Siejka showed his superb kicking skills when he launched a brilliant 40/20 to once again put Poland in an attacking position. The Polish boys were able to take full advantage of the attacking position when they shot out to a quick 12-0 lead courtesy of Chippie Korostchuk who grabbed himself a try when he was hit with a beautiful short ball by his five-eight Jonah Metuangaro. The conversion was missed again Harry Siejka. Poland grabbed their fourth try in half an hour thanks to the big back rower grabbing himself a quick double. Chippie Korostchuk ran another ideal line as he sliced through the defence at speed while being hit with yet another brilliant short ball by Jonah Metuangaro. Harry Siejka was replaced by Ethan Niszczot in the kicking duties. Ethan slotted the conversion for a 18-0 lead. Hong Kong were struggling to get their hands on the ball, and it continued to get worse for them. Line breaks once again getting Poland down in an attacking position, and just like the attacking sets previously, it led to another Polish try. The Hong Kong defence stood firm and forced a couple repeat sets, but Poland were able to extend their lead when Jonah Metuangaro threw the dummy and stepped his way through the defensive line to go over and score the try. Ethan Niszczot converted from in front for a 24-0 lead.
As we entered the final few minutes of the half, Hong Kong were able to get a few sets without conceding a try, however as they started gaining possession, they handed it straight back when a penalty was blown against them with ball in hand. Hooker Craig McMurrich was penalised and binned for what looked to of been due to something he said to the ref. This resulted in Poland having the man advantage and grabbing a try on half time when winger Michal Maslanka jumped out of dummy half and took off before finding his open centre Simon Maslanka who was off to the races for a 50 metre sprint to the try line. The conversion was missed by Ethan Niszczot as Poland go into the half time break up 28-0. The second half started perfectly for Hong Kong as an early 40/20 by fullback Matthew Waugh resulted in the first try for the half. Hooker Craig McMurrich came back on after returning from his sin binning and made up for it instantly when he dived over out of dummy half. Conversion successful by Richard Lindsay. Poland were able to respond quickly though, and they responded with two quick tries. Big boy Chippie Korostchuk grabbed an early double, but this time showed his play making skills when a cut out ball was thrown his way before he popped it up for his fullback in Ethan Niszczot to take advantage of the overlap and fly through the defence for a try. He was able to convert his own try from the sideline. Poland’s second try of the half was almost a repeat of the previous one. Some through the hands passing came out to Chippie Korostchuk once again who popped it up to his five-eight in Janah Metuangaro who wrapped around his back rower and threw another killer cut out pass to winger Robert Mykietyn. Ethan Niszczot converted another beauty from the sideline. Chasing the half century, Poland were able to take the score out to 44-6 when they scored a simple one in the corner by winger Michal Maslanka. Hong Kong Hooker Craig McMurrich got himself sent to the bin again and off that penalty, Poland were able to take advantage of the tired and undermanned Hong Kong side with a overlap try. The boys from Poland were able to hit the half century just a few minutes later when lock Norbert Balacinski broke through the Hong Kong line and charged off down field. He was brought down just short of the line, but five-eight Jonah Metuangaro was able to finish it off with his classy footwork. Poland went over again after that which was a result of the Hong Kong team simply showing to much fatigue. Chippie Korostchuk broke through the tired Hong Kong line and found Simon Maslanka in support who then passed it off to his brother Michal Maslanka to score in the right hand corner. Both conversions were successful by Ethan Niszczot.
Poland finally finished it all off with a try on the fulltime buzzer and deservingly to man of the match Chippie Korostchuk. Another line break by the big man saw him not need the support as he was able to take it over himself for the try, and top off a big win for the Polish side. Ethan Niszczot converted and gave Poland the big 62-6 win over Hong Kong. Blake.


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