Townsend try seals PM’s XIII win
A late try to Chad Townsend has sealed a 34-18 victory for the PM's XIII in their clash with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday.
The PM's team were well in control until a crowd pitch invasion halted their momentum, with PNG scoring twice to battle their way back into the contest at 30-18 and just two converted tries behind, however the Townsend try against the run of play pushed the lead out to 34-18 and the result was confirmed.
The 2016 premiership-winning half was one of four Sharks players in the PM's side, with Aaron Woods, Jesse Ramien and Matt Prior also getting the call up for the annual good-will match from Kangaroos coach Mal Meaning and Cronulla fan and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
James Segeyaro, the Sharks interchange hooker in 2018, played a starring role for the PNG side.
The match was played in front of more than 14,000 enthusiastic local fans.
PM's XIII captain Daly Cherry-Evans scored twice in helping his team set up a handy lead, with David Klemmer, Jordan McLean, Zac Lomax and Jake Trbojevic, along with Cherry-Evans, said to be among the Aussie's best.
There were no injury concerns to come from the match, with Woods to now join Sharks teammate Valentine Holmes in the Kangaroo team to play New Zealand and Tonga over the next two weeks.
Australia PM's XII: 1 Corey Allan, 2 Zac Lomax, 3 Jesse Ramien, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Nick Cotric, 6 Jake Clifford, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Ben Hunt, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tyrone Peachey, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Aaron Woods, 15 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 16 Matt Prior, 17 Chad Townsend, 18 Gehamat Shibasaki, 19 Reece Robson, 20 Enari Tuala