PETE’S PUNCHLINE

Sports

  • Come on, Ian, you can do better than that. Show a little steel, you are chairman of the board. Don’t let others completely dictate who becomes the next executive director.
  • There’s a claim floating around on social media that Justin Olam has Southern Highlands roots. All I can say to that is: I knew it!
  • Fiji lock Chris Minimbi has PNG roots. This means PNG rugby fans will be keeping a closer eye on Fiji games from now on. It seems like Western Highlanders have a mortgage on elite rugby potential (aside from the great Will Genia of course). We had Pettowa Paraka followed by Zane Nonggorr and now Minimbi.
  • Can the Wallabies build on last week’s brave showing in Wellington against the All Blacks? I think it’s a mental thing for the ABs. We’ll have to wait and see if coach Ian Foster can get his men to play to their full potential and dominate as most expected them to in the first Bledisloe match. I know this much. If the All Blacks lose then Ian Foster will be an odds on favourite to have the shortest tenure as NZ coach in the modern era. Warren Gatland and, perhaps, Scott Robertson will be secretly smiling.
  • The Roosters letting Kyle Flanagan out of the pen after next season comes as surprise. Good news is Lachlan Lam is the next cab off the rank to partner Luke Keary in the halves.
  • Gilmo Paul is from Wass? Good luck, my Karinz brother.
  • If the Tigers couldn’t beat the Lions in Brisbane two weeks ago then Geelong won’t be able to do it tomorrow. Port should be able to see off a gutsy Richmond tonight but you never know with the Tiges. – PGTP (ppusal@thenational.com.pg)

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