Papua New Guinea produced an incredible comeback to stun Fiji and win the Pacific Test in a quite incredible international match at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.
PNG trailed 16-8 at half-time and looked set for defeat, but they scored 18 second half points to run home winners and spark jubilant scenes amongst the Kumuls fans inside the stadium.
Fullback David Mead, playing for PNG for the first time since the 2013 World Cup, was the star for the Kumuls in defence and attack, with half-back Watson Boas crossing for two tries which turned out to be pivotal.
Ultimately, it was Nene Macdonald’s 71st minute try which proved telling, as the Gold Coast winger crossed nine minutes from time to strike the decisive blow.
Fiji would score a late try to set up a thrilling finale – but they couldn’t get over the line again, allowing PNG to hold on for a historic win.