PM's XIII vs PNG

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    PM's XIII named for PNG tour match


    Tue 13 Sep, 2016, 3:20pm
    Media Release, NRL


    Mal Meninga has named six debutants as part of the Australian Prime Minister's XIII to take on Papua New Guinea Prime Minister's XIII in Port Moresby on Saturday 24 September.

    James Tedesco, Semi Radradra, Mitchell Moses, Tyson Frizell, Josh Jackson and David Klemmer will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match to be played at the National Football Stadium in the nation's capital.

    The full squad features a majority of current representative players, with Meninga confirming the match would provide an opportunity for players to push for selection ahead of the Four Nations tour at the end of this year and the Rugby League World Cup next year.

    "This is an outstanding squad. There are four representatives from the Test match against New Zealand and on top of that, no less than nine of the players were a part of Origin this year.

    "The PNG tours are some of the most enjoyable trips I have been on, but they are no holiday when you run onto the field.

    "The PNG boys play a tough and energetic brand of football and they will be well backed by a huge crowd, all willing the home team on.

    "Whenever you get the chance to visit and play rugby league in Port Moresby, it's a special experience and this game will be no different."

    Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis will captain the Prime Minister's XIII.

    Australian Prime Minister's XIII

    1. James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)
    2. Semi Radradra (Parramatta Eels)
    3. Greg Inglis (c) (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
    4. Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
    5. Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters)
    6. Mitchell Moses (Wests Tigers)
    7. Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters)
    8. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)
    9. Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters)
    10. Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans)
    11. Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters)
    12. Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)
    13. Josh Jackson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

    14. David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    15. Moses Mbye (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    16. Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
    17. Jake Trbojevic (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
    18. Matt Moylan (Penrith Panthers)

    Coach: Mal Meninga


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    PM's XIII beat PNG with record score


    Sat 24 Sep, 2016, 8:56pm
    NRL


    The Australian Prime Minister's XIII has defeated Papua New Guinea PM's XIII with a record 58–0 win in Port Moresby.

    The tourists got off to a nervous start and PNG took advantage of driving defence and big hits in the first few minutes, much to the delight of a sold out National Football Stadium in the PNG capital.

    The nerves didn't last long however, as Josh Dugan opened the scoring account in the fourth minute

    Blake Ferguson followed four minutes later, strolling over the line to record his first of two tries.

    Chants of 'Inglis' and 'Radradra' have followed the Australian team since arriving in PNG and the crowd of 15,011 leapt to their feet when Radradra was on the end of an Inglis pass to score in the corner in the 17th minute.

    The biggest cheer of the first half, however, was reserved for the captain, Greg Inglis, who crossed the line with 30 seconds remaining.

    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.

    It was a scrappy 10 minutes by both sides to open the second half, before the Australian PM's captain picked up where he left off, crossing to complete a double in the 53rd minute, this time delighting the crowd with a somersault to plant the ball down.

    Dugan crossed for his second try of the afternoon soon after and the score moved to 32-0 at the 60-minute mark.

    PNG never gave up throughout the match, with the crowd urging their national team on and the Australians were certainly on the end of some bone-crunching tackles.

    A try to Tyson Frizell and a hat-trick to Mitchell Moses rounded out the afternoon, with Moses on kicking duty in the first half and Moylan completing the role in the second.

    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.


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