Australian PM XIII too strong for PNG
The All Star Australian Prime Minister’s XIII defeated the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister's XIII with a record-breaking margin of 58-0 with captain Greg Inglis grabbing a double.
Mitchell Moses, Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan also crossed twice each and were impressive during the match.
For the home side, Melbourne Storm-bound Justin Olam was good at containing Inglis and made good runs, while his Hunters team-mate Brandy Peter also put in a strong effort.
As usual, PNG were spirited and energised in the first opening minutes, but it was the Australian side who scored first points within the first 10 minutes as Dugan scored in the corner, thanks to a Moses cross-kick.
The Australians scored again three minutes later thanks to Ferguson after a good lead-up from Pearce and Jake Friend.
The PNG side also turned over possession with dropped balls and the Australians took full advantage.
James Tedesco made a break, only for Tyson Frizell to knock on his would-be try.
A few minutes later however, Semi Radadra was able to score in the corner after a great ball from Inglis in the 26th minute.
Australian side were not done yet and this time, it was Inglis who went looking for the ball and a perfect Moses inside ball sent him over the line.
Inglis performed his trademark goanna crawl to celebrate, sending the crowd into eruption right on halftime, with Australia leading 22-0.
It was not PNG’s day as they continued to turn over possession and give away penalties.
Again Australia would capitalize, with Radadra who attracting two defenders to send an unmarked Inglis to score in the corner for his second try.
The Australian forwards were raking up good meters with Aaron Woods, Frizell, Boyd Cordner and company were on fire.
Dugan crossed over again for his second try after some good speed and foot work, with Matt Moylan converting the try on the 60-minute mark, extending the score to 32-0.
With just a quarter remaining, the home boys throw their bodies on the line with Olam making his usual damaging runs, Peter putting big defence on NRL hitman like Dylan Napa and Josh Jackson.
David Loko looked like he was on a mission with big tackles on Moses, Pearce and Radadra.
Australia though kept scoring tries, this time through Frizell who ran in 10 metres from the PNG try line with a short ball from Friend.
Their next came in the next set with Inglis making a break to send a flying Moses over 13 minutes before fulltime.
Ferguson picked up a lost ball and sprinted 80m to go over under post, to bring the score to 50 as Moylan converted again.
To cap off a dominant performance, the visitors crossed for two more tries, firstly a long-range effort from Mbye and with just seconds before fulltime, Moylan put on a perfect grubber kick for Moses to use his speed to score right on fulltime.
Australia Prime Minister's XIII 58 (Greg Inglis 2, Josh Dugan 2, Mitchell Moses 2, Blake Ferguson 2, Semi Radadra, Tyson Frizell, Moses Mbye tries; Matt Moylan 4, Mitchell Moses 3 goals) def PNG Prime Minister’s XIII 0 at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby