Australian PM's league XIII belt PNG 58-0
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Greg Inglis, Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson have warmed up for Australia's Four Nations rugby league campaign, each scoring try doubles in the PM XIII's 58-0 defeat of Papua New Guinea.
In oppressive heat before a full house at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday, the visitors led 22-0 at halftime in a game played in quarters and continued the rout after the main break.
Both Inglis and Dugan claimed their second tries in the third quarter before Ferguson joined them soon after.
Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco failed to finish the match due to concussion.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, who was heading up the PM's XIII, had been viewing the match as a genuine Four Nations selection trial, but said the job picking the squad was not made any clearer after the commitment from the PM's team.
"We didn't have a bad player today. They all played extremely well, with the right attitude and the right commitment," Meninga said.
"I thought it was a really good team effort and that's what we expect of an Australian side. It's a team effort and individuals get the reward out of that by being successful."
Inglis, on debut in PNG, said his time in the country had been enjoyable and the people had an immense passion and support for rugby league everywhere the team travelled.
"The community welcoming this side over here has been fantastic and I'm glad that I got the experience, that's for sure."
In the curtain raiser, NSW under 16s defeated Papua New Guinea under 16s by 16 points to 12.
Australia's squad for the end-of-season Four Nations campaign will be named on Monday week, the day after the NRL grand final.
Australia play a Test against New Zealand on October 15 in Perth.
They open their Four Nations campaign against Scotland on October 28 in Hull.