A hat-trick from Australian winger Shakiah Tungai has helped the Australian women’s PM’s XIII team to a 40-4 win over the Papua New Guinea Orchids in Port Moresby on Saturday afternoon.
The Aussies grabbed first points after a lovely short ball from halfback Quincy Dodd put Talesha Quinn over for the opening try of the match.
Tungai then dived on to a beautiful grubber kick from five-eighth Keeley Davis, who attracted a couple of defenders and then dribbled one behind the line to find an unmarked Tungai for a 12-0 lead.
The youngest player on the field, 17-year-old Rhiannon Revell-Blair from Brisbane, scored the third try for Australia when she dived over in the corner, but it was the magical cut-out pass from Michaela Peck down a narrow blind side that set it up.
Tungai grabbed her second soon after but the Orchids hit back through Naomi Kaupa to send PNG into the sheds trailing 20-4.
The second half started the way the first did, with the Aussies scoring – this time it was a massive run from captain Rebecca Young, who ran over the top of several Orchids defenders to score under the post.
The game then came to a halt when Hannah Southwell was floored in a tackle that put her head in an awkward position, but she managed to get up and walk off the field despite the concussion.
Najvada George then added her name to the try-scorer’s list, finishing off some enterprising football from the Aussie side to take them out to a 30-4 lead.
Tungai grabbed her hat-trick from another kick soon after, before Asipau Mafi put the icing on the cake when she crashed over some Orchids defenders to plant the ball under the post and seal the 40-4 victory.