Lam on the mark as PNG progress
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.