Kiwis put away spirited PNG side with ease

It was the Perrett and Sau’u show in the Kiwis comprehensive 76-12 thumping of a spirited PNG Kumuls side in their Four Nations clash.

An astonishing 6 of the Kiwis 14 tries came from Perrett and Sau’u, whilst former Dragon Jeremy Smith was the pick of the forwards scoring two tries in the win.

Things didn’t start well, and by the time half-time came around, it wasn’t all roses for the PNG side after they trailed 46-0 courtesy of a seven try blitz from a Kiwi side led by Benji Marshall and Isaac Luke.

The half-century came up early in the second half courtesy of a try from Newcastle Knights player Junior Sau’u, as NZ quickly raced away to a commanding 62-0 lead courtesy of 11 straight tries.

This didn’t deter a PNG side full of grit, heart, passion and determination however as they rallied back, and scored two tries on the trot, before NZ re-asserted their authority, eventually taking out the match 76-12.

The win equals the Kiwis highest ever winning margin in their international history, and it was only a determined PNG side that prevented the score from being even higher, as at one stage, it looked as if the score might reach the century mark for the Kiwis.

“It was a very disciplined effort,” Kiwis captain Benji Marshall said. “PNG stuck in there very well and scoring two tries was like winning the World Cup for them.”

“We were disappointed with our effort last weekend (against England) and we wanted to improve. We took steps towards improvement and we’ll definitely be competitive (against Australia).”

“It was very disappointing,” captain Paul Aiton said. “From the time we got here there was something wrong. It just wasn’t right. There was something missing in the dressing room and we never really got going. We’ve got to find that little something that was not here tonight.”

Newcomer Sam McKendry didn’t disappoint amassing 140 metres on debut for the Kiwis.

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