PNG Residence XIII half back Israel Eliab scored a double againstthe Souths Sydney Rabbitohs in PNG #39’s 38 points to 12 loss atthe RedfernOval in Sydney.
PNG played defence right throughoutthe match but were not able to hold offthe bigger and heavier South Sydney pack.
Atthe Red Fern Oval South Sydney Rabbitohs fans have statedtheir claim, “this istheir home” buPNG Residents in Sydney and those who’ve travelled along have turned out in numbers to givethPNG boysthe much needed support.
Residents’ supporter: “We are all excited; we came here to supporPNG Bad South Sydney.”
Rabbitohs supporter: “It’s always for the bunnies, I’ve grew up in this area so I’m always a bunny supporter till I die. It’s our season this year so gothe bunnies’ grand final.”
It wastheReturn to Redfen Match and owner and actor Russell Crow wouldn’t have missed it.
Allthe hype began fromthe outside and it was obviousthe Rabbitohs meant business with some very familiar faces on hand to backthem up.
PNG wonthe toss through Captain Glenn Nami and was set to start off fromthe Southern end ofthe field.
The match got off to a great kick off asthPNG Residents IIIV got down to business containingthe Rabbitohs inthe opening minutes ofthe match.
An opening try fromthe Rabbitohs setthe crowd on fire. ThePNG had something to offer through Israel Eliap who gavethe Rabbitohs a shocker aPNG plottedtheir first match points.
A half time score of 18 points to 12 tothe South Sydney Rabbitohs was a promising score line forPNG Residents IIIV asthey tookthe break.
Back from half time, ball handling errors causedthPNG team with a try tothe Rabbitohs.
Hard hittin PNG export Lassen Marave put up one of his deadly hits to provPNG’s emphasise on tight defence.
Bell handling errors wasthe order ofthe day forthPNG Residents IIIV who played defence for up to eighty percent of match time.
As fatigue crapped in onthPNG boys,the Rabbitohs went on a try scoring spree to winthe match 38 points tPNG Residents IIIV 12 whenthe hooter sounded at full time.
Sophie Yaruso, National EMTV News