They may have gone down to a star-studded Australian PM’s XIII side by two scores, but that did not dampen the fiery Papua New Guinean fighting spirit when they succumbed to the Australian side 30-18.
The home side put up to strong challenge and despite the loss, were happy to have made the country proud.
In his first stint as the coach of the PNG National side, the grin on Justin Holbrook’s face post-match indicating promising signs for the Kumuls come next month as they head into the Pacific Championships.
Holbrook when speaking with PNG Hausbung stated that the home boys tried so hard to level the match and although it was disappointing to concede the last try, was proud of how they showcased themselves.
“I’m really proud of the effort and the boys tried so hard and we pushed the Aussies all the way which is excellent.”
At one point in the match both teams were on equal score, with the locals putting up a fight. Although unlucky in the end, he said the team throughout the week looked to put the visitors under immense pressure and that seemed to pay off in the match.
“Yeah, we only had one week to prepare and wanted to come and put them under pressure and it was awesome.”
Coach Holbrook stated that he was content with the atmosphere of the crowd and their input into cheering the Papua New Guinea side and is looking forward to next month.