PNG Orchids’ valiant efforts in historical match

The Brisbane Broncos NRL Women defeated the Oil Search PNG Orchids 48-14 at Suncorp yesterday afternoon.

The new breed of PNG players valiantly fought until the final whistle.

5 minutes into the game and former PNG Orchids, Amelia Kuk, scored for the Broncos.

An unsuccessful kick left the score at 4-nil until Stephanie Hancock found her way over the visitors’ line after a few minutes.

Chelsea Baker converted for the Broncos, with the team now 10 points ahead.

Soon after, the Orchids responded through a barging run from Naomi Kaupa. An unsuccessful conversion by captain Jenni-Sue Hoepper left the scores at 10-4.

The Broncos ran in three more tries before half-time, leading the Orchids 26-4.

A return from second half saw the Broncos continue piling on points until with 15 minutes left on the timer, Ray Rambi flew over for the Orchids’ second try of the historical match, then Elsie Albert put another one down for the visitors.

It was 48-14 when the final siren went off.

Though they went down fighting, the PNG Orchids team will hold their heads up high, knowing they can only get better from there.

(Oil Search PNG Orchids players defending their line from Amelia Kuk – Picture courtesy of PNGRFL)

Carmella Gware