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Sport PNG Kumuls complete historic Test win over Great Britain to heap pressure on Wayne Bennett

12:35  16 november  2019
12:35  16 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Papua New Guinea have produced one of the proudest moments in the nation's rugby league history with a stunning Test win over Great Britain.

The Kumuls overcame an early 10-0 deficit to complete a stunning 28-10 win in front of thousands of jubilant fans in Port Moresby.

a group of men playing a game of football: The Kumuls defeated Fiji 24-22 for their first ever win over their Pacific rivals © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited The Kumuls defeated Fiji 24-22 for their first ever win over their Pacific rivals

It heaps more pressure on the Lions, and in particular coach Wayne Bennett, after a highly unsuccessful tour in which they also lost once to Tonga and twice to New Zealand.

First-half tries to makeshift winger Blake Austin in the 13th minute, followed by another from Raiders star Josh Hodgson in the 21st minute, suggested the Lions were on their way to a redemption win.

But the Kumuls piled on 28 unanswered points to claim a historic win.

First to cross for the home side was bench hooker Edwin Ipape, who crossed for what was easily the try of the game in the 40th minute.

In Damien Cook-like fashion, the speedy number 14 spotted lucky marker play from his own 40 metre line, and darted out of dummy half to split the English defence race in under the posts.

The Kumuls were in again in the 47th minute through Watson Boas, before NRL star's Justin Olam and Alex Johnston piled on the misery with two consecutive four-pointers, leaving the roudy PNG fans in raptures.

Once Nixon Putt took the lead out to 28-10 with a penalty goal with 13 minutes left on the clock, and the Kumuls well and truly in control, a Lions comeback seemed virtually impossible.

The gloss has now been completely wiped off the Lions' reformation after the Great Britain side was assembled again for their first tour since 1996.

Hodgson said post-game the Lions would be left to rue the handling errors the side struggled with throughout the tour.

"We've massively underachieved, there's no disguising that," Hodgson said.

"We didn't hold the ball well enough in the second-half and if you don't hold the ball you don't win games, it's not rocket science. It's something we've had a tough time of over these past four weeks, that's taking no credit at all from Papua New Guinea."

The blow torch is now expected to target Bennett, who despite his success leading England to the 2017 World Cup final, has come under pressure for the Lion's 0-4 tour formline. 

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