Kangaroos ease past spirited PNG side

Regarded as perhaps one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Darren Lockyer has added yet another outstanding accolade to his already huge list of achievements.

The fullback turned five-eighth has surpassed league great Ken Irvine as the player to have scored most tries in a test career. Lockyer now has 34, and will no doubt get more.

Lockyer was also a key factor in his side’s easy win over a PNG side that played with hunger, drive and determination, but simply couldn’t match the skill set shown by the Kangaroos.

The42-0 win puts the Kangaroos in a strong position, and they clearly outlined their intentions to take out the Four Nations, sending an ominous warning to New Zealand and England.

The romp had seven different try-scorers with Willie Tonga bagging a double, and Billy Slater, Brent Tate, Cooper Cronk, Brett Morris, Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith all getting themselves on the score-sheet.

Although PNG may not have troubled the Kangaroos with their attack, they were able to restrict at times, the Kangaroos with attack with their hard-hitting spirited defence.

Over the course of a 30 minute period, the PNG side knuckled down and Australia failed to score a point in that time.

The PNG side never gave up, and their passion and pride in playing for their country was on show for all to see both at the stadium and around the world.

Over that 30 minute period however, despite keeping the Kangaroos at bay, it was simply far too late for PNG to mount any serious comeback, and soon after, the floodgates opened again.

PNG’s giant centre Menzie Yere and David Loko were perhaps two of PNG’s best, as they were the ones initiating the heavy contact with the Australian side.

Not only did this disrupt Australia’s rhythm, but it left a few Australian players dazed.

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