The National, Friday 21st September 2012
BY KEITH PUARIA
PORT Moresby has been given the green light to turn up at the Lloyd Robson Oval this afternoon to watch and support the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII as they go through their second last session at 3pm before Sunday’s match.
While the Australian PM’s XIII will arrive in Port Moresby at 1.30pm and is expected to draw a huge turnout at the Jackson International, support will be loud at the national team’s session two hours later at the home of Port Moresby rugby league.
Adrian Lam’s side will hit the ground running this morning, when they get back on the oval after a day and a half off their feet.
Lam’s focus for the final sessions will be defence especially, as he outlined before the break.
Australian media ran their last story with regard to Sunday’s match on Sept 12, after five players in coach Mal Meninga’s original side pulled out due to injury.
Wednesday’s story seven days after that last news piece confirmed the arrival of the team in Cairns only.
The Cairns Post online reported that the Australian team would have one session only at Jones Park, and special guest at a Men of League dinner event at the Brothers Leagues Club before flying over today.
As much as the match means for the country and the rugby league played here besides strengthening PNG and Australian ties, this Sunday is as much as a brief only in Australian sporting news, that could find the headlines should PNG’s team made up entirely of residents turn the tables on the world’s number one on game day.
The turn-out at the oval this afternoon is set to put the heat on the side’s session and final preparations.
It will also offer supporters the opportunity to see players they only know by name, close up.