Kumuls lacked on field leadership

England have walked away with a comfortable 36-6 victory over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne to set-up a huge semi-final showdown with Tonga.

Plenty of errors stifled what was a brutal and fast-paced opening 40 minutes and PNG was dealt a blow with heavy clashes, headlined by David Mead’s collision with England half Luke Gale.

A shoulder hit forced the PNG fullback from the field just 90 seconds into the match.

The PNG LNG Kumuls lacked leadership and guidance on the field of play as England capitalised.

The task for PNG became significantly harder when Kumuls captain, Mead, was considered unfit to return following his head knock.

The Kumuls have now bowed out of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup competition following their defeat in this afternoon’s quarterfinals.

(Loop file pic of David Mead) 

Sophie Yaruso