The final match of the 2019 Rugby League Calendar is here. Papua New Guinea Kumuls vs Great Britain Lions.
Both teams have not won a game this year and will want to end the season on a positive note.
From the very first kickoff, Luke Page took the hitup.
From this hitup, St George Illawarra Dragons forward, James Graham would go down and he left the field only 1 minute into the game.
15 minutes in, Great Britain clocked the first points onto the scoreboard.
On a spread to the left, Warrington Wolves half, Gareth Widdop threw a cutout to Hull FC back, Jake Connor.
Connor drew and passed to Warrington Wolves back, Blake Austin who dived over in the corner for first points.
Widdop’s conversion from the left sideline was shanked across the face and the lead remained 4-0.
With less than 20 minutes left in the half, Great Britain were back inside the 10 metre line.
Josh Hodgson dummied left and ran through himself to score the GB Lions’ second unanswered try.
Widdop converted from the right side to make the lead 10-0.
With 10 minutes left in the half, it looked like Edene Gebbie had possibly scored PNG’s first try in the corner.
The video ref would deny him, however, because he was deemed to have grounded the ball on the touch in goal line.
The Great Britain Lions brought the ball out to the 20 metre line for the 7 tackle set.
As the buzzer went for half time, the Kumuls just got one last play the ball in time.
Edwin Ipape faked to go down the short side and busted the defence on his own through the middle.
Ipape ran all the way to the endzone and planted the ball down to finish off his 63-metre effort from dummy half!
Kyle Laybutt converted from almost right in front to lower the deficit to 6-10.
Papua New Guinea 6 – 10 Great Britain
6 minutes into the second half, PNG were 30 metres out on the 4th tackle.
Gebbie from dummy half put in a grubber through the line and there was no lions fullback at home.
Watson Boas raced through and got to the ball first for the try to level the scores.
Rhyse Martin split the sticks from the far left side to take the lead 12-10!
With less than half an hour left, PNG were inside the 10 metre line.
Laybutt put a kick through that ricocheted off of a Great Britain player.
The ricochet landed perfectly for Justin Olam to sprint into it and score the try!
Martin landed the conversion from the far left side to make the lead 18-10!
Only 3 minutes later, PNG were back inside the 10 and had a chance to keep the points flowing.
Boas put a kick through but it didn’t make it through the line.
On the ground, Boas picked it up and handed it off to South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back Alex Johnston who sprinted around the defence to score.
Martin missed the conversion so the lead remained 22-10.
With 15 minutes left in the game, PNG were at midfield on the last tackle.
Wartovo Puara gave it to Laybutt who bombed it for Jonny Lomax to catch.
Lomax knocked it on and Nixon Putt capitalised on it to score and make it a 3-score game.
Martin nailed the kick from the right side after hitting the post to make the lead 28-10.