England Women got their historic two-game tour of Papua New Guinea off to a winning start with a 10-24 victory over the Orchids in Goroka, in front of almost 7000 spectators.
England Try-Scorers: Rudge (21’, 33’ 43’, 69’), Anderson (43’), Thompson (71’)
England Conversions: N/A
PNG Try-Scorers: Joe (65’), Ravu (77’)
PNG Conversions: Kaiat (66’)
England Women: Tara-Jane Stanley, Rebecca Greenfield, Rachel Thompson, Naomi Williams, Kelsey Gentles; Jodie Cunningham, Faye Gaskin; Amy Johnson, Tara Jones, Grace Field, Emily Rudge ©, Chantelle Crowl, Shannon Lacey.
Interchanges: Charlotte Booth, Georgia Roche, Dannielle Anderson, Tamzin Renouf.
PNG Orchids: Gemma Schnaubelt, Ua Ravu, Belinda Gwasamun, Erswin Kaiat, Lyiannah Allan; Angelena Watego, Lila Malabag; Elsie Albert ©, Shirley Joe, Tahina Booth, Elizabeth Paisoi, Gloria Kaupa, Janet Johns.
Interchanges: Roswita Kapo, Seroge Sabume, Carol Humeu, Kia
The second game of the series will be played on on Saturday 16 November as they play the Orchids in Port Moresby, in a fixture which will be played before the final game of the Great Britain Rugby League tour against The Kumuls.