PNG Kumuls representatives in the NRL Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm) and Alex Johnston (South Sydney Rabbitohs) will no doubt be impact players in this weekend’s NRL preliminary finals matches.
The Storm vs Raiders game on Friday night will be a highly physical encounter, and Olam will be the man to watch as he goes up against his opposite centre, Raider Jordan Rapana.
Coach Craig Bellamy had this to say about Justin in his post match interview last week;
“From what I have seen he is probably going as good as most centres in the game at the moment”.
“He is unique with his abilities. With that stocky frame he is strong and nothing scares him. He would run through a brick wall or jump off a cliff if he had to. That is what we really like about having him in our team.”
Having formed a close bond with team-mate and winger on his outside Josh Addo-Carr, Olam will have thousands, if not millions of passionate fans back home in PNG cheering him on as he runs on at Suncorp Stadium come Friday evening.
Over at the Rabbitohs camp, Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named an un-changed squad to take on Minor Premiers Penrith Panthers on Saturday.
Having has lost just once this year, the Panthers will be hard to beat, but with their recent explosive attacking form of late, Rabbitohs just might be able to pull off a win should Kumul Alex Johnston get going on the wing.
South Sydney has scored 144 points in their past three matches, with Johnston scoring a good share of that, having finished the regular season with the most tries in the NRL.
In what will no doubt be a high scoring try-fest, Johnston will also be attracting the passion-filled support of his many PNG fans tuning in to watch the must-watch game on Saturday evening at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Both Olam and Johnston testimony to the fact that Papua New Guinea’s elite league stars are no doubt stand out, impact players that bring that extra edge to the world’s highest rugby league competition, the NRL.
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