The Australia Jillaroos – including Hannah Southwell, Bec Young and Holli Wheeler – showed their dominant class as they stormed to a 40-4 victory over the PNG Orchids in Port Moresby.
More than 14,000 fans turned out to watch the curtain raiser for the annual Australian and PNG Prime Minister’s XIII clash, and many fans will have enjoyed the scintillating offence the ladies’ squad put on show.
Jillaroos were the first to score eight minutes through Talisha Quinn and flanker Shakiah Tungai converted to lead 6-0, a lead they held heading into the half-time break.
Jillaroos added another converted try straight after the break through outside center Hannah Southwell which Tungai converted to lead 12-0, and extended the lead with an unconverted try from right wing Rhiannon Revell-Blair to lead 16-0.
Southwell added her second to stretch the lead to 20-0, before the Orchid’s only try came from a move orchestrated by Roswita Kapo, drawing two Ausie defenders before passing the ball to Hoepper and the former Orchid’s captain offloaded to a running Naomi Kaupa to score.
The Jillaroos then closed out the match with four more tries going to Newcastle veteran Rebbecca Young alongside Najvada George, Tangai and Asipau Mafi.