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Prime Minister’s XIII Australia def Papua New Guinea, Kangaroos selection analysis, Ben Hunt, Daly Cherry-Evans, highlights, Mal Meninga

The Australian Prime Minister’s XIII flexed their muscles in a 64-14 win over a valiant Papua New Guinea side at Suncorp Stadium.

Mal Meninga’s side scored six tries within 30 minutes to begin proceedings, starting with Nat Butcher’s lunging effort from a Daly Cherry-Evans pass.

Only minutes later, Bulldogs winger Josh Addo-Carr crossed from a deflected Josh Addo-Carr pass, sparked by an intelligent Angus Crichton offload.

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“Nice play between Laurie and Angus Crichton, Addo-Carr gets the Aussies second in pretty quickfire time,” Fox League commentator Greg Alexander said.

“They are off and running early on,” Fox League’s Warren Smith said.

Angus Crichton then got a try of his own after Tino Fa’asuamaleaui reeled in a bomb, offloading to his teammate.

Australia weren’t done, and once again Fa’asuamaleaui orchestrated the move, finding Addo-Carr on the left side off the field off the kick-off which ended with a Zac Lomax try.

“Outstanding, Tino goes down the short side, picks up Josh Addo-Carr, he links with Daine Laurie, look at the space,” Alexander said.

“It is one way traffic early on,” Smith said.

Tries to Matt Burton, Selwyn Cobbo and Jake Averillo, with his first touch, continued the scoring – but the Papua New Guinea side wouldn’t sit down.

Halfback Kyle Laybutt found fullback Edene Gebbie with a smart pass to score his side’s first of the night.

“Even though we haven’t seen much from PNG in terms of attack, Gebbie looks like their best,” Alexander said.

“Great ball from Laybutt, and a good finish as well.”

In an impressive show of skill, PNG lock Keven Appo later put in a pinpoint grubber for Jimmy Ngutlik to score his side’s second.

Brandon Nima then scored the Kumuls’ third to complete a hattrick of tries in a red-hot run that saw momentum swing.

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“It is all Papua New Guinea here in Brisbane,” Smith said.

“A great chase there, read it well Brandon Nima,” Alexander said.

From then on, it was one way traffic, with Matt Burton again scoring before Sam Walker, Daine Laurie, Beau Fermor and Selwyn Cobbo showed their skill on the left side of the field to “pile on the points”.

Read below for the three big takeaways from tonight’s clash!

DCE’S HUGE HALFBACK AUDITION

The battle for the halfback spot has been a huge talking point ahead of this year’s World Cup and Cherry-Evans did nothing to help settle the debate with a strong performance on Sunday evening.

The Manly veteran recorded three try assists in the first half and showed he is still one of rugby league’s best playmakers.

“He has been classy Daly Cherry-Evans, hasn’t played for a little while, but since he stepped up early in this game, he has landed some lovely passes,” Ennis said.

“We saw the first one for Butcher to set-up the first of the night, and this kick here for Zac Lomax was beautiful.”

Cherry-Evans is the incumbent halfback, having worn the No.7 jersey way back in the Kangaroos last game in 2019.

However, Fox League’s Corey Parker believes that argument is “null and void” after the emergence of Panthers star Nathan Cleary in that period.

Despite many tipping Cleary to get the nod ahead of his Manly counterpart, Parker believes Cherry-Evans is a certainty to be included in the squad – but beyond that, it comes down to Meninga’s big decision.

“The incumbency is nearly null and void in regards to that, because they haven’t played as you said in two years,” Parker said.

“Yes, he has been terrific in this game as you would expect, the Origin is sort of the only real gauge we are getting from these players.

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“You’d expect a player like Daly Cherry-Evans in the first half to pull out three try assists… I think he has probably down enough, he will be there on the plane, just a matter of where he plays when he goes over.”

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TINO BOOKS HIS PLANE TICKET

Titans skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui has all but confirmed his spot on the plane to the United Kingdom with a red-hot performance against Papua New Guinea.

The 22-year-old middle forward had a hand in two of his side’s early tries, firstly soaring high to reel in a bomb.

The hulking prop offloaded the ball back which allowed Daine Laurie to find Josh Addo-Carr.

Later, straight away off a kickoff, Fa’asuamaleaui showed his footballing IQ and threw a smart pass to Josh Addo-Carr on the left wing who was able to break away before Zac Lomax eventually scored.

Fox League’s Corey Parker had “no doubts” the Gold Coast gun would be included in Meninga’s Kangaroos squad.

“We have seen Tino play this year in regards to what he brings every game, it is exactly this, the ability to compete,” Parker said.

“He is a terrific young player, he has got a pass in him, he has terrific ability to bite down on the mouthguard and get forward to where he needs to be.

“I have no doubt he will be on that plane going to the World Cup for Mal Meninga from what we have seen tonight.”

Fa’asuamaleaui finished the night with 119 running metres, two tackle breaks and a line break assist in a stellar performance.

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PNG’S HIGH HOPES

While the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII were able to pile the points on, there was a lot of positives to take away from Papua New Guinea’s performance.

The Kumuls scored three quickfire tries in a 15 minute stretch which saw them get the upper hand, though they still trailed heavily.

Prop Sylvester Namo, halfback Kyle Laybutt, fullback Edene Gebbie and winger Jimmy Ngutlik all performed on Sunday night and with a host of big-name players returning, Fox League’s Warren Smith believes PNG could be a smokey to shake-up the competition.

“They have shown what they can do, then throw in the likes of Justin Olam, Alex Johnston, Xavier Coates and Lachlan Lam,” Smith said.

“We spoke about Reece Martin, the former Bulldogs lock forward… Mal Meninga as a result of what Papua New Guinea are doing to his side, a little bit out of his gate.”

Earlier in the year, PNG were able to best a Fiji outfit which boasted big name stars including Maika Sivo, Viliame Kikau and Tui Kamikamica.

Papua New Guinea are in Group D and will face the Cook Islands, Wales and Tonga and will like their chances of progressing out of the group stages.

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