Papua New Guinea make the early running

(IRB) Monday 8 July 2013
 
 Papua New Guinea make the early running
Cambodia players (white) tackle the Brunei ball carrier during the HSBC Asia 5 nations Division V clash in Phnom Penh

Papua New Guinea made home advantage count at the weekend to emerge victorious against the Solomon Islands and gain ground in the IRB World Rankings.

The 29-22 win in the Oceania Cup was enough to lift Papua New Guinea one place to 49th in the world, while the losers drop one place to 68th.

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The conclusion of the British and Irish Lions series in Sydney may have captivated the attention of much of the rugby world, but there is plenty at stake this week for the sides competing in Port Moresby, location for the Oceania Cup matches.

Resounding win

The first round of fixtures also saw the Cook Islands record a resounding 38-5 win over Tahiti.

The Cook Islands, 55th in the world standings, and Tahiti, placed 86th, retain their positions but with slightly changed points totals.

The action continues this week on Tuesday and Saturday with another four matches in the round-robin tournament, which also forms part of the qualifying process for Rugby World Cup 2015.

Cambodia’s 38-0 win over Brunei in the Asian Five Nations tournament does not count towards the World Rankings as the countries are not full members of the IRB.

The IRB World Rankings are published every Monday at midday UK time.