Goalpost Kangaroos star Josh Addo-Kar was at his mischievous best in Australia’s 64-14 win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Sunday night, pranking a security guard as he ran out at Suncorp Stadium.
It came before a touching moment between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and 11-year-old Queenslander Quaden Bailes, who came to public attention in a viral video about being bullied for his dwarfism.
The Kangaroos faced the PNG Kumuls for the annual Premier XIII match, with the hosts running away with it after scoring six tries in the opening 30 minutes.
Before the game, Ado-Kar, aptly nicknamed ‘The Fox’, tapped a security guard on the reverse shoulder as he went on a good old ‘made you look’ prank.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Brisbane on Sunday night for the annual Prime Minister’s XIII game between Australia and PNG
This sent social media fans into stitches, with many hailing him as ‘one of the coolest characters in gaming’
‘Fox at his best,’ wrote one, while another called him ‘the funniest guy in the NRL’.
Addo-Carr played just one prank in the 50-point drubbing and didn’t have a try – he even had a conversion try.
Although the ball traveled well off the upright and was in no real danger of getting on the scoresheet, Addo-Carr could see the funny side.
“Lucky it doesn’t go on the resume… the guys on the sidelines were saying ‘Josh go kick, we’ll go for it’… I’m not myself,” he laughed on ABC Sport.
Josh Addo-Kar made his rep return on Sunday by scoring a try in Australia’s 50-point win over PNG
Anthony Albanese was in attendance for his title game and as well as performing pre-match official duties, he also walked around afterwards and met various footy fans.
One of these is Bailes, an 11-year-old Queensland boy who went viral around the world after his mother, Yarraka, posted a heartbreaking video of her son being mercilessly bullied at school.
She has since starred in two movies and is set for a small role in Furiosa, the upcoming Mad Max movie set in Broken Hill.
An excited Quaden Bailes (below left) meets Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Albanese gave a thumbs up to Bale, who seemed very excited to meet the prime minister
In photos of the touching scene, Bailes can be seen with a huge smile on her face as Albanese leans down to talk to her and shake her hand.
No doubt Albanese and Bailes, both rabid rugby league fans, would have been drawn to a dominant display by the Kangaroos in Brisbane.
Captain Daley Cherry-Evans has made a statement about how much he wants to wear the number seven jersey at the upcoming World Cup, having a hand in three of the opening four tries.
The Kumuls fought bravely, and consisted of 19 Queensland Cup players and PNG’s Digicel Cup winger Leon Undupiah – but they were no match for the green and gold.
Australian captain Daley Cherry-Evans (left) was instrumental in Australia’s win
Prop Tino Fa’asumalewi was devastating in the middle, as he has been all year for the Gold Coast Titans. Hooker Ben Hunt also had a touch of class to stake his claim for the hotly contested number nine jersey at the World Cup.
Rising star Selwyn Cobo played at center instead of his usual wing position for the Brisbane Broncos and had an outstanding match in a two-try display.
He handled the positional switch with class and looked a real danger inside winger Ado-Karr.
PNG fullback Edin Gaby, once signed to South Sydney, was a constant threat for the visitors and scored a superb try at half-time to cut Australia’s lead to 38-4 at the break.
Young gun Selwyn Kobo was all smiles as he jumped for one of his two tries against PNG on Sunday night
The Kumuls dominated physically and on the scoreboard in the early stages of the second half, with the Kangaroos scoring two early tries as the clock wound down.
Meninga then sent Cherry-Evans, hooker Ben Hunt and Faasumalewi back to provide guidance and leadership as they led the Kangaroos to a 50-point win.
The Kangaroos begin their World Cup campaign on October 15 in Leeds, UK, when they take on Fiji – and there’s still plenty of space up for grabs in Mal Menninger’s All-Star team.