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Chicko inspires Kumuls win

Sharks hooker James Segeyaro has led Papua New Guinea to a 26-14 win in their Pacific Test match played at Campbeltown Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Segeyaro, leading his national team for the first time, had a hand in two first half tries as his team built up a 26-4 lead at the break, then played his part in steadying the ship and helping his team record a convincing victory.

After the Kumuls had scored in the 13th minute to take a 6-0 lead, Segeyaro was able to keep the ball alive for his side's second, with back rower Luke Page crashing over.

The conversion made it 12-0 and PNG certainly had their tails up.

A penalty goal extended the lead to 14 points before Fiji were on the board courtesy of a try to Tyrone Phillips, but the momentum quickly swung back to the Kumuls, with two further tries pushing the score out to 26-4 at the break.

The second of those two four-pointers came when Segeyaro made a dash through the middle of the ruck, before passing to fullback Justin Olam who raced away to score.

Fiji certainly showed some fight in the second 40 minutes with two tries, but the damage had been done in the opening period as the Kumuls held on for their second consecutive victory over the Fiji Bati after registering a two-point win last year.

Early indications were that Segeyaro come through the match without any injury concerns, with the energetic dummy half set to join his Sharks teammates in Auckland next week for their match against the New Zealand Warriors.

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