Sport: PNG Kumuls coach hails breakthrough win

11:13 am on 10 May 2016

Papua New Guinea rugby league coach Michael Marum says the Kumuls upset victory over Fiji at the weekend is a massive shot in the arm for the country's favourite sport.

Gold Coast Titans fullback David Mead led the Kumuls and was named man of the match in the 24-22 triumph, in his first appearance for PNG since the 2013 World Cup.

PNG celebrate beating Fiji in the 2016 Pacific Test.

PNG celebrate beating Fiji in the 2016 Pacific Test. Photo: Facebook / NRL - National Rugby League

It was the Kumuls' first win on foreign soil in 16 years and Michael Marum said it's a massive result for rugby league in PNG.

"It means a lot to everyone back at home...good to see the boys pull off that win, even though it was just by two points but it's probably about time we start winning some games too and getting recognised back in the international stage. Back in PNG probably...everyone's going to stop and keep talking about this game but it's a great win and all we have to do now is work from here and move on to whatever games we're having end of the year or maybe next."

Michael Marum was only contracted as Kumuls coach for the one-off test but he and PNG Rugby League officials have indicated a desire to extend that deal through to next year's World Cup.

PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum.

Michael Marum Photo: Supplied