Jamaica captain Ashton Golding praised his players for the way they approached their 68-6 defeat to New Zealand as they scored their first-ever try at a Rugby League World Cup.
Sheffield winger Ben Jones-Bishop marked his 300th career appearance with Jamaica’s first try at a World Cup.
Jones-Bishop, who made his name in Super League with Leeds Rhinos, crossed late in the game to spark wild celebrations on the pitch and in the 6,829 crowd at the MKM Stadium.
Jones-Bishop scored the Reggae Warriors’ first try of the competition but it was New Zealand who took two points from a Pool C contest to all but secure their place in the quarter-finals.
Golding also praised his players for how they kept going to the end of what had been a tough contest.
Golding, who plays for Huddersfield in Super League, said: “As a player I like to go into games fully focused on ourselves. We did ourselves proud in areas, effort and attitude-wise you can’t knock it.
“Going into the game it was all about us. What we can do on the field and what we can do off the field.
“Hopefully we can capture people’s imaginations, from one to 17 I’m so proud of the boys. There were 17 leaders out there.
“Really happy with the way we came through at the end. We stuck at it and we got something from the game.”
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Ashton Golding pays tribute to milestone man Ben Jones-Bishop
Despite the heavy defeat, Golding was delighted to see full-back Jones-Bishop get his country’s first try on their debut in a World Cup.
Golding said: “There can’t be a more fitting person to score the try and cap his 300th appearance.”
Jamaica lead coach Jermaine Coleman echoed Golding’s words about Jones-Bishop.
Coleman said: “There is not a more fitting person amongst our group to get that try. It’s an amazing moment for him. We wanted to make this a special occasion for him.”