Great Britain stunned by PNG as tour ends in whitewash

Watson Boas grabbed the first of PNG’s four second-half tries
Great Britain Rugby League Lions Tour 2019
Papua New Guinea (6) 28
Tries: Ipape, Boas, Olam, Johnston, Putt Goals: Laybutt, Martin 3
Great Britain (10) 10
Tries: Austin, Hodgson Goal: Widdop

Great Britain suffered a 4-0 whitewash on their comeback tour after an effervescent Papua New Guinea stunned the Lions in Port Moresby.

The defeat will intensify scrutiny of Lions and England coach Wayne Bennett, who is now out of contract.

Justin Olam, Watson Boas, Alex Johnston and Nixon Putt tries, following Edwin Ipape’s stunning first-half score, gave PNG only their second win over Britain.

The Lions failed to register a second-half point to end the disastrous tour.

More to follow.

Papua New Guinea: Johnston; Gebbie, Mead, Olam, Amean; Laybutt, Boas; W Albert, Puara Jr, Page, Put, Russell, Martin.

Replacements: Ipape, Lo, S Albert, Meninga.

Great Britain: Lomax; McGillvary, Hughes, Connor, Austin; Widdop, Hastings; Hill, Hodgson, Burgess, Bateman, Whitehead, Graham.

Replacements: Thompson, Walmsley, Philbin, Williams.


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