Brothers trio make history in Port Moresby
THE occasion outshone the outcome, when the PNG Orchids hosted the Australian Jillaroos in an international friendly in Port Moresby on Saturday.
And three Ipswich Brothers stars were at the forefront.
In the first ever contest between the two nations, Ali Brigginshaw, Amelia Kuk and Kody House helped the reigning World Cup champions to a comfortable 42-4 victory at the National Football Stadium.
This contest was never truly about the result, but rather a celebration of how far PNG has come in supporting women's rugby league.
The Orchids only formed earlier this year, ahead of the 2017 World Cup - of which they share hosting rights with Australian and New Zealand - in November.
And thus the 38-point win was not much of a surprise, even with the Jillaroos missing a host of regular faces.
Brigginshaw and Kuk were key contributors for the visitors throughout, whilst House came on for debutante Jessica Sergis and scored a try in the 33rd minute.
Because of the stifling heat in the PNG capital, the match was played in four 20-minute quarters.
The hosts were able to take something from the loss, when Maima Wei crossed in the dying stages to become the country's first female try-scorer.
Women's International Friendly
Australian Jillaroos 42 def. PNG Orchids 4 at PNG Football Stadium, Port Moresby.