Poland Put Vanuatu To The Sword For Final Spot

A shambolic start to the day for Vanuatu would hamper their preparation, as their bus would not arrive to pick them up. That would not matter, with Poland standing in the way of  a trophy final. Vanuatu were 0-2 heading into the game, while Poland were 2-0, topping Group C

Both teams would have good opening sets, but Poland would be the team to get the first points on the board. Harry Siejka and Ethan Niszczcot would combine dangerously to send Alex Kowalski through a gaping hole to go over the line with just five minutes gone. The conversion from Ethan Niszczcot would be unsuccessful to leave the score at 4-0 after six minutes.

A huge swirling bomb from Harry Siejka would earn a repeat set due to an error, and Poland would capitalize with their second try of the afternoon. Jonah Metuangaro sent Chippie Korostchuk a flat ball, and Korostchuk would bust through two tackles to drag defenders over and score for Poland. Niszczcot would convert the attempt to give Poland a 10-0 lead after fourteen minutes.

Ethan Niszczcot would then get his name onto the try scorers list with some fantastic footwork. He would bamboozle then Vanuatu defense, sending one defender on his backside and bouncing through another would-be tackle to score on the right edge. Niszczot would convert his attempt to make it 16-0 with twenty minutes gone.

Vanuatu would have a chance to get on the board, but some beautiful goal line and cover defense from Poland would ensure that they had a clean sheet thirty minutes in.

Poland would then get their fourth try thanks to a darting run from Arek Werstak out of dummy half, bouncing out of contact and breaking out of some poor defense by Vanuatu to go over to the right of the posts. Niszczot would make no mistake to make it 22-0 with just under three minutes to go in the first half. That would be how it was stay going into the break, with Poland well and truly on top.

Vanuatu would come out fired up for the second half, huge drives in their first set followed by crunching dominant tackles in their first defensive set, restricting Poland to their 20 metre zone for their efforts.

Vanuatu's efforts would be rewarded when James Wood put boot to ball on a refreshed tackle count, Arutahiki alert to Wood's ideas and racing through to ground the ball in the left corner for the underdogs, the kick dragged to the left of the posts but Vanuatu on the board at 22-4.

Poland needed to take the sting out of this Vanuatun fightback but they refused to bow to the pressure, Wood coming up with a true captains knock, stripping the ball close to his own goal line to relieve some intense pressure.

Poland would add to their list of growing try scorers with 28 minutes to play, Harry Siejka showing the ball to the Vanuatu line before dummying and slipping through a gap to extend Poland's lead, the kick converted by Metuangaro.

It would be back to back tries for Poland when Chippie Korostchuk made a huge break down the left edge from inside his own 30 metre zone, slinging the ball back on the inside for Metuangaro to slide over out towards the left, Siejka dispensing the kick to take Poland to a 32-4 lead.

Vanuatu were still refusing to lay down and accept they were a beaten side, fearlessly trundling the ball up the middle of the park and propelling themselves into contact, Poland chipping away at the metres tackle by tackle.

Try as they may Vanuatu struggled to break down this well drilled Poland side, Alex Philip intercepting the ball on his own goal line and speeding away, dragged down on the halfway line .

The tries were coming thick and fast for Poland, a high kick to the left of the posts spilled by the fullback for Metuangaro to collect and dive over,the kick converted by the try scorer and Poland taking a 38-4 lead.

Poland were clearly not content with the points they had already amassed, forcing a goal line drop out Korostchuk steamrollering men for fun and finding his way to the line, Siejka adding to his successful kicking total.


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