LIVE – PNG Kumuls v USA Tomahawks
2:30pm 12 November, 2017
National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
Last Pool C Game before the knockout stages kick in.
PNG need to win to confirm their place in the Quarter Finals.
Lachlan Lam, son of former Kumul Captain, Adrian Lam, makes his debut for the PNG Kumuls at Five Eighth.
The National Football Stadium is packed as the final Pool C match between the @PNGKumulsRL and USA is sold out. This should be some experience for the boys from the USA!
Moses Meninga is also making his debut for the PNG Kumuls team.
The players are making their way out onto the field for the National Anthems of PNG and the USA.
FIRST HALF: Referee Adam Gee blows the whistle and the USA kick off. PNG are running into a stiff breeze.
PNG put the last tackle kick through, USA duff it and the Kumuls regather with 6 to go. Strong USA defence keeps the Kumuls from scoring.
Justin Olam makes scores a 90 metre individual try but was called back by the ref as a knock on.
USA put in a solid set of six for a 50m plus gain. PNG back in possession.
Lachlan Lam scores on debut off a brilliant break from Segeyaro. Rhyse Martin kicks it over the black dot.
#PNG 6 v #USA 0
Slick hands from Segeyaro to Lam, Lam to Martin out to Justin Olam who scores on the wing. Martin misses the kick from the sideline as the wind catches the ball and drags the ball across the face of the goal.
PNG 10 v USA 0
Moses Meninga made the initial break and offloads to Segeyaro, who shows a clean set of heels to claim a 60m try. Martin claims another 2 pointer.
PNG 16 v USA 0
Lam dummies and goes himself. Lam goes in for no. 2 on debut! Martin Kicks the Extras.
PNG 22 v USA 0
USA put together a great set and looked to score several times but Moses Meninga intercepted the ball. The ref calls 20 minute drink break.
ROD GRIFFIN TRY! The Kumul legend shows them how its done! Rhyse Martin adds a further 2 points.
#PNG 28 v #USA 0
USA make a break and get to the 20 metre mark and PNG concede the penalty. USA relieve the pressure on PNG by dropping the ball.
Justin Olam nearly drops it cold but manages, just, to regather.
4 mins of play in the first half.
Stargroth Amean, steps and weaves his way through traffic to score under the goal posts. Rhyse Martin successfully adds another 2 points as the half time siren sounds.
PNG 34 v USA 0
HALF TIME: PNG 34 v USA 0
Second half has kicked off. USA are in possession. They put the kick through, Kumul Captain, David Mead, caught the ball and ran 80 metres to score an individual try. Mead is now the 3rd highest try scorer with 4 tries. Martin converts.
PNG 40 v USA 0
Another great Kumul, David Westley, on the bench as the trainer looks after Garry Lo’s ankle. Lo now has the injury iced up so he won’t be back for the remainder of the game.
USA intercepted the ball and are now at the halfway line. #Kumuls penalised for leaving too early. #USA now at the 20 metre line.
USA are dragged over the line on tackle zero.
Kumuls make the break but Rhyse Martin pushes the pass and the USA are back in possession.
Stargroth Amean busts through the Hawks line and offloads to Watson Boas who scores to the right of the post. @rhysemartin kicks his 7th goal for the day.
Rhyse Martin offloads to Nene McDonald scores in the corner for the #PNGKumuls. Rhyse Martin kicks it beautifully from the sideline.
#PNG 52 v #USA 0
Justin Olam scores again in the corner! Martin kicks perfectly from the sideline to again convert.
PNG 58 v USA 0 and 12 minutes left to play.
#USA looked to be in but David Mead broke 323 million American hearts by holding the USA up over the line.
Justin Olam scores a hat trick for the day! Martin kicks 10 from 11.
PNG 64 v USA 0
FULLTIME: PNG 64 v USA 0
#PNGKumuls rack up 11 tries in their victory over the #USA who failed to score. A PNG Kumuls record score #PNG 64 v #USA 0.
Man of the Match: Lachlan Lam