Lam on the mark as PNG progress

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Pa­pua New Guinea crushed the United States 64-0 to top World Cup Group C and se­cure a quar­ter-fi­nal against Eng­land in Mel­bourne next Sun­day.

The Ku­muls ran in 11 tries, three of them from winger Justin Olam, for a pre­dictable vic­tory that snuffed out the faint hopes of Ire­land and de­lighted a third suc­ces­sive full house of 15,000 at the na­tional sta­dium in Port Moresby.

It was another harsh les­son for a United States team coached by Leeds’ Grand Fi­nal­win­ning boss Brian Mc­Der­mott, but con­sist­ing largely of part­time do­mes­tic play­ers who have con­ceded 168 points in their three matches.

Lach­lan Lam, 19-year-old son of former Wi­gan and PNG scrum-half Adrian Lam, made a fine de­but for Pa­pua New Guinea, scor­ing the first try on eight min­utes and adding another be­fore the first wa­ter break on 20 min­utes. Rhyse Martin kicked 10 goals from 11 at­tempts.

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