The group stages of the World Cup came to a close at the weekend and there were some big results involving Hull FC’s stars! We round-up the action.
Hull FC back rower Sika Manu led Tonga to a historic victory over New Zealand on Saturday, which saw the Tongans finish top of the pile in Group C.
Tonga battled back from a 16-2 half-time deficit to clinch a 28-22 win in Hamilton to set up a quarter-final showdown with Lebanon.
Former Black and White Mahe Fonua made his first appearance in the tournament and it was David Fusitu’a’s third try that sealed the win for the Tongans.
Scott Taylor also made his World Cup debut at the weekend as he helped England to a 36-6 triumph over France.
Taylor came off the bench during the first half for Wayne Bennett’s men, who were in full control in the first 40 having taken a 26-6 interval lead.
Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary notched a double for England in the second half - the only points posted in the second 40 by the English.
Taylor will be hoping to be involved in England’s quarter-final clash with Papua New Guinea on Sunday.
2018 acquisition Bureta Faraimo didn’t get the desired finish to the World Cup with the USA, who suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Kumuls.
Papua New Guinea chalked up a 64-0 win in Port Moresby for their third successive victory in the group stages.
Mark Minichiello was unable to inspire Italy to rounding off their World Cup campaign with two points as Fiji prevailed 38-10.
Andy Last, assistant coach of Scotland, saw the Bravehearts end their tournament on a high, earning a draw against Samoa.
Steve McCormack’s men could have snared the two points from Samoa at the end, however Danny Addy was unable to convert a penalty goal.