Lloyd Robson Oval

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Lloyd Robson Oval
Location Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Coordinates 9°28′6″S 147°11′54″E / 9.46833°S 147.19833°E / -9.46833; 147.19833Coordinates: 9°28′6″S 147°11′54″E / 9.46833°S 147.19833°E / -9.46833; 147.19833
Capacity 17,000
Surface Grass
Tenants
Papua New Guinea Kumuls (1975-present)
Gulf Isapea
Hela Wigmen
Port Moresby Bulldogs

Lloyd Robson Oval is a sporting ground in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It hosted 3 games for the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup. It has been the home ground for the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team since 1975. It has a total capacity of approximately 17,000 and is the National Stadium of Papua New Guinea.

History[edit]

Lloyd Robson Oval hosted its first Rugby League international on 6 July 1975 when PNG played host to England who were on their way to Australia and New Zealand for the down under leg of the 1975 World Cup. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 12,000 England ran out 40-12 winners in what was the Kumuls international debut game.

PNG played the 1982 and 1986 Kangaroos at the oval. The Australians, unbeaten on both Kangaroo Tours, won both games 38-2 and 62-12 respectively. The 1986 game saw the Oval's record attendance when 17,000 enthusiastic fans saw the Kangaroos defeat the Kumuls.

The opening Test match of the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour was played at the Oval between Papua New Guinea and the British before a crowd of 12,107.

Lloyd Robson Oval was the primary venue of the 2009 Pacific Cup. The four round-robin matches were played at the ground on 24-25 October and 31 October, with the final played on 1 November 2009.[1]

The oval is also home of the Gulf Isapea, Hela Wigmen, and Port Moresby Bulldogs who play in the PNGNRL Digitel Cup.

Lloyd Robson is also a regular host of the annual rugby league game between the Kumuls and an Australian Prime Minister's XIII at the conclusion of the Australian-based National Rugby League season. These games are usually well attended, with 16,000 attending the game in 2012 won 24-18 by the Mal Meninga coached PM's XIII.

Soccer is also played at the Lloyd Robson Oval, with both the national men's and women's PNG teams playing matches at the ground, though they both generally use the Hubert Murray Stadium

Rugby League Test Matches[edit]

List of rugby league test matches played at Lloyd Robson Oval.[2]

Test# Date Result Attendance
1 6 July 1975 England def. Papua New Guinea 40-12 12,000
2 29 May 1977 Papua New Guinea def. France 37-6 14,000
3 30 July 1978 New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 30-21 11,541
4 23 August 1978 Papua New Guinea drew with France 13-13 16,000
5 25 July 1982 New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 56-5 13,000
6 2 October 1982 Australia def. Papua New Guinea 38-2 15,000
7 12 July 1987 New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 36-22 15,000
8 13 October 1991 Australia def. Papua New Guinea 40-6 14,500
9 31 May 1992 Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 20-14 7,294
10 26 June 1994 Papua New Guinea def. France 29-22 5,000
11 27 October 1994 New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 30-16 15,000
12 6 October 1996 Australia def. Papua New Guinea NRL 52-6 15,000
13 17 June 2001 France def. Papua New Guinea 40-6 15,000
14 7 October 2001 Australia def. Papua New Guinea 54-12 14,000
15 24 October 2009 Cook Islands def. Fiji 24-22 3,269
16 25 October 2009 Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 44-14 9,813
17 31 October 2009 Fiji def. Tonga 26-16 2,000
18 1 November 2009 Papua New Guinea def. Cook Islands 42-14 10,151

Rugby League World Cup[edit]

List of Rugby League World Cup matches played at Lloyd Robson Oval.
Results are from the 1985-88 and 1989-1992 World Cups.

WC
Game#
Date Result Attendance
1 17 August 1986 Papua New Guinea def. New Zealand 24-22 15,000
2 4 October 1986 Australia def. Papua New Guinea 62-12 17,000
3 2 June 1990 Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 40-8 7,837
4 11 August 1990 New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 18-10 7,837

Non-Test Internationals[edit]

Game# Date Result Attendance
1 18 September 2005 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 34-0 N/A
2 30 September 2006 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 28-8 N/A
3 23 September 2007 Papua New Guinea drew with Australian PM's XIII 24-24 10,500
4 27 September 2008 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 54-30 N/A
5 27 September 2009 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 42-18 N/A
6 26 September 2010 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 30-18 10,865
7 23 September 2012 Australian PM's XIII def. Papua New Guinea 24-18 16,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARL (Press Release) (2009-07-28). "Pacific Cup announced". Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ Lloyd Robson Oval @ Rugby League Project