Greg Inglis and the PMXIII squad have run out record 58-0 winners over Papua New Guinea in a match played in four quarters at the Port Moresby National Football Stadium due to extremely hot conditions, in front 15,011 Rugby League fans.
The Australians ran in nine unanswered tries in the match with Captain Greg Inglis bagging a double and putting on a show for the Port Moresby locals by bringing out the Goanna to resounding cheers.
The PMXIII squad were firmly in control, scoring through Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson and Semi Radradra within the first 17 minutes before GI's Goanna capped off the first half at 22-0.
If there was a roof on the National Football Stadium, it would have been blown off after Inglis promptly followed the try with his trademark ‘goanna’ celebration.
With every replay, the crowd erupted into louder jubilation. Inglis revealed after the match that the local NRL PNG team had received hundreds of emails in the week leading up to the game, enquiring whether he would be celebrating with the ‘goanna’ if he scored a try.
Papua New Guinea couldn't find a defensive groove as the second half started with Blake Ferguson and Moses Mbye scoring through 85 metre runaways.
The game was a one-sided affair as the Australian's dominated in attack and defence however knocks to James Tedesco and Semi Radradra forced the fleet-footed stars from the field for attention.
Australian coach Mal Meninga was delighted with his team’s efforts, saying the job of selecting the upcoming Test Match and Four Nations team was not made any clearer after the commitment from the PM’s XIII today.
“We didn’t have a bad player today. They all played extremely well, with the right attitude and the right commitment,” Meninga said.
“I thought it was a really good team effort and that’s what we expect of an Australian side. It’s a team effort and individuals get the reward out of that by being successful.”
Inglis, on debut in PNG, said his time in the country had been enjoyable and the people had an immense passion and support for rugby league everywhere the team travelled.
“The community welcoming this side over here has been fantastic and I’m glad that I got the experience, that’s for sure.”
Selection for the Test Match and Four Nations tour will be announced in early October.
Prime Ministers XIII 58 (Mitchell Moses 3, Greg Inglis 2, Josh Dugan 2, Blake Ferguson 2, Semi Radradra, Tyson Frizell tries; Mitchell Moses 4, Matt Moylan 3 goals)
Papua New Guinea 0
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