By Elijah Lavett – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The Penrith Panthers New South Wales Cup team, arrived today in Port Moresby.
The team formally had 8 NRL players, but was cut down due to the Auckland 9’s with many young stars being included in the team.
Panthers Coach, Steven Georgallis, said they are excited to be in Papua New Guinea, and are looking forward to the trial match against the SP PNG Hunters tomorrow.
This will be the first time the two clubs meet and will also be the only trial match for both teams, before the 2016 season kicks off.
Coach Steven Georgallis said the Hunters are a good side and playing against them on home soil will be difficult.
Jamie Soward’s NRL experience will boost the team’s performance as he leads the Panthers in the field.
Young star half back, Nathan Cleary, will also play an important role in tomorrow’s match.
Wellington Albert has been named in the team, unfortunately, small brother, Stanton was unable to make the team due to a knee injury.
Wellington said it was good to be back in the country and it will be a fun match tomorrow as he takes on some of his former team mates
A packed stadium is anticipated tomorrow as both teams go head to head in the friendly match.