BY JAMES PHELPS
PLAYERS FROM the Australian Prime Minister's XIII rugby league side have recalled their horror at watching a man being beaten by their security detail while they were in Papua New Guinea last week.
Some of the NRL's biggest stars were involved in a bus crash before their match against the Kumuls which ended with the driver of the offending vehicle being beaten with a baton.
In sickening scenes that forced some players to throw up, local security employed to ensure their safety leapt from their bus screaming "kill him" after the utility carrying several workers crashed into their mini-van.
"It was pretty full on," said Bulldogs star Ben Barba.
"The car hit the first bus and it was just crazy after that. There was a lot of blood and it was very scary. Thankfully we were kept safe and it didn't get to us."
Another player revealed players were screaming for the local security guard to stop beating the driver of the utility who caused the crash.
"We were on the way to training and this ute carrying a heap of workers hit us head on," said the players.
"The passenger’s head went through the window and there was blood everywhere. Then the security guard jump out and chased the driver down and started laying into him with a baton."
Locked in the bus, secured with wire caging, some were so sickened by the violence that it made them physically ill. "It was gruesome," said the player.
"Some starting dry wretching, spewing. There was just blood and mess everywhere. The Australian aid bloke had to get out and stop it."
The players also feared for the safety playing the Kumuls at the Lae Stadium in PNG with gun-fire ringing in the distance. They were also pelted with rock and coconuts.
Australia won the match 36-22.
"Hopefully we did some good while we were there," said Barba.
Source: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 30 September