Alex recalls best-crowd win against England


PAPUA New Guinea Kumul Alex Johnston says the crowd at last year’s historic 28-10 win over the visiting Great Britain Lions was the best he has played in front of.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs winger, who scored a try in only PNG’s second win over the Lions at the Oil Search National Football Stadium, said he felt like a “rock star”.
“The fans were crazy,” the 25-year old told PNG Rugby Football League chirman Sandis Tsaka on Fulltime Reserve.
“We (Kumuls) went to the shopping mall (Vision City) and made a couple of appearances.
“They were crazy. We were like rock stars.
“The atmosphere when I play, it is nothing like I’ve ever felt before. The crowd was into it.
“When you score a try and you get too close to the crowd, they grab or hug you and get involved.
“It’s probably the best fan experience I’ve ever had.”
Asked about a “crazy” Kumuls moment he had been a part of, the 2014 National Rugby League premiership winner said: “We (Kumuls) went to an island (Fisherman Island) and a local there brought a shark.
“The shark was still alive but the boys were grabbing it and taking photos.
“I swear it was dangerous and I didn’t want to touch it as I was scared. That was weird.”
The former Australian Kangaroo, who scored National Rugby League 21 tries in his debut year in 2014 before following it up with 17 the next season, said his “craziest” Kumuls teammate were Garry Lo and Watson Boas.
“I know Garry Lo is pretty crazy,” Johnston said.
“He calls himself a king.
“Watson Boas calls himself a prince.
“He thinks he is prince charming or something.
“Two of them are the craziest.”