A NUMBER of Group Seven products have continued their strong play at the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship, by helping respective countries qualify for the finals.
Poland, which contained Jamberoo’s Michal Maslanka and Kiama’s Mark Churmycz, smashed Japan 58-6 at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta.
In the win, Maslanka and Ethan Niszczot scored two tries each, while James Usher, Michael Bryan, Jamie Szczerbanik, Nathan Mikalowski, Robert Niedzwiecki and Evan Artsivourtis all scored one – as Ethan Niszczot nailed nine kicks.
In the loss, Futoshi Karino scored all six of Japan’’s points.
Poland, a squad which also features Jamberoo’s Simon Maslanka and Warilla-Lake South’s Tynan Forster, now face Vanuatu in the trophy semi-final on Wednesday, October 10 at New Era Stadium.
The winner of this match will face the victor of the Philippines, which contains Milton-Ulladulla’s Blake Mackey, and Turkey in the trophy final.
Unfortunately, Malta, a squad which contains Jamberoo’s Jono Dallas [injured] and Warilla-Lake South’s Emanuel Sultana, went down in a physical encounter to Niue 26-16.
This result, which comes on the back off their big win against the Philippines 36-10, sees them matched up with Hungary in the cup semi-final also on Wednesday – with the winner progressing to play either Greece or Niue in the decider.