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Raiders crush Warriors 46-12 in NRL

Disappointment is the only word Warriors coach Stephen Kearney could conjure post-match after his side's remote finals aspirations dreams were all-but buried at Mount Smart stadium last night.

They'll remain 12th by the end of the weekend but can't fancy their hopes on current form, combined with a tough run home and ongoing injury problems for Kodi Nikorima and Karl Lawton.

Coach Stephen Kearney delivered his lacklustre players a rocket at the break and was still steaming at fulltime.

Kearney can't explain Warriors meltdown

The 46-12 loss to the Raiders on Friday left Kearney feeling angrier than he could remember.

His team trailing 30-0 at halftime, the coach was captured by television cameras delivering a dressing down to his players in the shed which involved furiously kicking a stray towel. It would have hit Peta Hiku in the head if the centre hadn't taken evasive action.

Kearney was angry that after a run of six gritty showings, in which no game was decided by more than four points, his side failed to front in their first game in Auckland for a month.

Rugby league stars inspire Komo

PNG LNG Kumuls and Hunters coach Michael Marum, NRL manager and former PNG Orchids captain, Cathy Neap, and Hunters players William Mone from Hela and Stanton Albert from Southern Highlands spent a day in Komo, providing support and encouragement to young men and women who have reinvigorated rugby league to promote peace and unity in their community.

Digicel Cup’s first ever coaches conference

This was conveyed to 50 participants, including coaches, trainers and physiotherapists who attended the recent Digicel Cup Coaches Conference in Port Moresby.

Participants from the 12 Digicel Cup rugby league teams gathered in Port Moresby for a two-day coaching conference from the 21st – 22nd  February.

Digicel PNG Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in making the conference a success, especially the Chairman of PNGNRLC Adrian Chow and Competition Manager Stanley Hondina. 

Lihir girls eye rugby league

The event, facilitated by the Lihir International Primary School, attracted 11 teams across local schools last year, with an increased number of girls who participated under the girls division.

Kul Destiny Primary School girls coach, Rachel Daniel, who had participated with her girls’ team, said ‘women in rugby league’ in New Ireland was now growing rapidly, describing it as a ‘positive sign’.

Rugby league international development program

PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, made this statement in the presence of international rugby league representatives recently.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England staff were in Port Moresby to discuss the International Development Program.

In a joint press conference last week, PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said changes made in the past years has placed them in a better position to attract international events.

Rugby League: Warriors treatment of Johnson 'harsh'

The Kiwi NRL club has advised long-serving playmaker Johnson to test his value on the open market, even though there's a year to run on his contract.

The timing and public nature of the Warriors announcement was criticised by Nikorima, coming midway through New Zealand's three-Test series in England.

He said his room mate Johnson was caught off guard, days out from Sunday's second Test in Liverpool.

Raising rugby league standard expensive: Manager

PNG NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, says improving the system, process and governance of the game is expensive.

He said this in response to criticisms on social media on the amount of money required by the PNG NRLC for a rugby league franchise to join the Digicel Cup competition.

The PNG NRLC and Hondina came under fire recently on social media about the cost for a franchise bid and the registration fee to join the Digicel Cup.

The bid costs K100,000 while the registration costs K400,000 annually.

Can one team change a country’s mindset?

This is the opening statement in the new rugby league documentary that will soon premiere in PNG.

A powerful and inspiring film, Power Meri follows the journey of the PNG Orchids from inception to the world stage.

Through the voices of pioneering players from the inaugural 2017 squad, viewers will get an in-depth look at these women’s humble beginning, their passion in the game of rugby league and challenges faced as female athletes in a male-dominated sport.

Time ticking on Tonga vs Australia test

It's been nine months since Mate Ma'a Tonga's memorable run to the World Cup semi finals, which included a famous victory over New Zealand in Hamilton.

The Kingdom's request for a rematch against the Kiwis in October was rejected by New Zealand Rugby League, who also vetoed Tonga's desire to host the Kangaroos in Auckland.

Woolf said despite both sides wanting the match to go ahead roadblocks keep getting in the way.

"Our first option was that we wanted to play against New Zealand but it was very clear early on that that was not going to happen," he said.