PNG to give Kangaroos a run for their money
Papua New Guinea are already out of World Cup contention, but try telling this team their final Super Group match against Australia is not the most important game in the history of rugby league in the island nation.
This is the Kumals’ litmus test to prove if they are really capable of cracking it in an NRL competition which is now keeping a close eye on the way league evolves in New Guinea.
The challenge that stands in front of them takes the form of a Kangaroos outfit that has won the last six World Cups, not to mention that they have already blown this version of it out of the water with their performances so far,
Not that New Guinea will be frightened of the task that lies ahead. It is something they will saviour for the rest of their history.
The enjoyment of playing against the world champions could bring massive dividends for New Guinea, if they live up to their end of the bargain and put on a good show.
They are under no pressure to do so, in any case. The Kumals have been granted a 50 point start courtesy of Tab Sportsbet against the Kangaroos, with many thinking Australia will reach triple figures against their opponents.
Despite the pessimistic chances of the Kumals beating their opposition, New Guinea will gain a significant advantage that both England and New Zealand could not call upon.
The Kumals will be playing a Kangaroos side that resembles the Prime Ministers XII, who they played five or so weeks ago.
Even though they lost that encounter, recent performances against Australia’s B team have been positive, considering most of the games have been competitive contests.
The Kumals deserve a cracking finale that will hopefully garner rugby league in their country the recognition it deserves.