The Kumuls have hit back in impressive fashion after last week’s surprise loss in Mount Hagen to hand the Fiji Bati a 26 – 0 thumping at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on Sunday.
Determined to restore some pride in the national jersey at the Kumuls dominated the match in front of a capacity crowd to take out the two Test series on points differential.
Bati coach Josefa Rabele was naturally disappointed with his team’s effort, blaming too many individual efforts and the physical defence from the home side for his side’s performance.
“We only completed six sets throughout the match which showed just how tough the Kumuls defence was”, Rabele commented.
After an intense opening quarter between the two teams, it was Agmark Rabaul Gurias centre Larsen Marabe who scored the first try for the home team, finishing off a set play by halves Dion Aiye and Jessie Joe Parker. Marabe was unable to convert his own try from out wide, by was able to add the extra’s when fullback, Josiah Abavu, crossed 10 minutes later to give his side a 10 – 0 lead heading into the break.
Following a strong finish to the first half, the Kumuls were able to keep the momentum despite the break, with lock forward, Glen Nami crossing after just a minute to setup a 16 – 0.
The Bati attempted to rally, but poor fifth tackle options and a general lack of respect for the ball hurt their chances.
The Kumuls finished off the match strongly with a second try to Marabe, before opposite centre, Desmond Teteh scored the final try of the game.
Papua New Guinea Kumuls:
Tries: Larsen Marabe 2, Josiah Abavu, Glen Nami, Desmond Teteh
Goals: Larsen Marabe 3 from 5