Marum makes changes for USA clash

PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum has reshuffled his side that will take on the USA Hawks in the final Pool C match of the World Cup.

Lachlan Lam will become Kumul #283 when he starts at five-eighth while Moses Meninga #284 was named at prop.

“We’ve brought in Nixon and Thompson onto the bench. Enock is out of this weekend’s match along with Stanton. Wellington got injured last weekend so he’s out for another two weeks.

“Ase is on the extended bench so we’ll see how he goes. But upon medical advice from the medical team, Ase is better off having a rest to prepare him for next weekend.

“This time I want to go with speed off the bench so that’s the whole reason why we’ve got Thompson, Nixon, Stargroth and Kurt. We want to use our speed and rest our big boys.

“Rod has been named as 18th man. He’s done a bit of work with the physio and seems to be running well. If he’s OK then we’ll push someone out from the starting line-up,” said Marum.

“We spoke about everyone playing before the finals and that’s just what we’re trying to do.”

Marum said the Kumuls will not be taking USA lightly.

“They’re going to be tough. We can’t lose focus. We have to go out there and beat them.”

The 21 man squad is: (three to be omitted)

1.         David MEAD – Captain

2.         Justin OLAM

3.         Kato OTTIO

4.         Nene MACDONALD

5.         Garry LO

6.         Lachlan LAM

7.         Watson BOAS

8.         Moses MENINGA

9.         James SEGEYARO

10.       Luke PAGE

11.       Rhyse MARTIN

12.       Willie MINOGA

13.       Paul AITON

14.       Kurt BAPTISTE

15.       Stargroth AMEAN

16.       Nixon PUT

17.       Thompson TETEH

18.       Rod GRIFFIN

19.       Wartovo PUARA Jnr

20.       Enock MAKI

21.       Ase BOAS

This Sunday’s game will kick off at 3pm at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Troy Taule
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