5 Oct 2018

Sport:Vanuatu rugby league beaten by Hungary

7:37 am on 5 October 2018
Vanuatu's national rugby league team

Vanuatu's national rugby league team Photo: Vanuatu Rugby League Facebook

Vanuatu's rugby league team have suffered a heart-breaking loss to Hungary at the Emerging Nations World Championship in New South Wales.

Thursday's match was Vanuatu's first of the tournament while Hungary had already had a victory over Greece.

The extra time on the field showed early on with the Hungarians taking a 12-0 lead before the Melanesian side gained some rhythm and found themselves in front late in the game.

However Hungary scored last, eventually winning 18-13.

Vanuatu plays Greece in their last pool match on Sunday.

In Thursday's other game, Niue defeated Malta 26-16 and will now play the Philippines on Sunday with the hope of making the cup semis.

Solomon Islands will play Hong Kong on Sunday.