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Papua New Guinea saw their Rugby League World Cup hopes dashed by Samoa who beat them 38-4 at New Craven Park on Monday night.
It was a bad night in Hull for Adrian Lam’s outfit who needed a victory if they were to stand any chance of progressing from Group B, having lost to France already and with New Zealand to face on Friday.
However, the dream was effectively over before it began as the Samoans ripped them apart, going over with just over a minute gone through Suaia Matagi.
Antonio Winterstein grabbed two of his three tries in the first half, while Pita Godinet and Ben Roberts touched in the first 40 minutes as well.
Milford was converting with unerring accuracy and sent four over to give Samoa a 28-0 lead at the break.
PNG gave themselves the briefest of hope when Jessie Joe Nandye went over six minutes into the second half, but their opponents were always in control.
It leaves PNG with the virtually impossible task of beating the Kiwis on Friday, but for Samoa the incentive for beating next opponents France is likely to be second spot and an easier quarter-final.
There is a Group C/D clash on Tuesday night at Leigh as Tonga take on the Cook Islands.