David Mead

Reynolds' experience already rubbing off at Broncos: Mead

The former Rabbitohs skipper has stopped in for a few sessions already even though his grand final commitments earned him a longer rest, in a move that impressed his new team-mates, according to Mead.

"Adam Reynolds has joined the squad a couple of times throughout the year which has brought a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from a lot of the young guys," Mead said.

"He's played at the top level for a long time, he's an experienced halfback, knows how to organise.

"Good talker, an experienced organiser so we enjoy having those qualities about him."

Surprise visit by PNG Kumuls star

Mead was pleased to meet with the students and staff of the school to talk about sports and the power of learning through books on October 30th.

He encouraged the children to read, adding that “education and learning through reading contributed to improving their understanding of the world”.

For the teachers and parents who were there to witness the handover, Mead highlighted that it was important they continued to brew the love of books in the youngsters and encourage the ability of reading and comprehension.

Kumuls determined to turn tide around

Captain David Mead highlighted that one of the weaknesses in the October 27th match centred around the offloading of the ball.

It was a disappointing result for the PNG LNG Kumuls when they went down 12-16 to the England Knights in the first of a two game series.

Three unconverted tries ensured the visiting team’s victory.

However, captain David Mead says they never finish a game blaming any individual.

Mead, Segeyaro to lead PNG Kumuls

The incumbent PNG LNG Kumuls captain will be assisted by James Segeyaro, who captained the Pacific Test in July during Mead's absence.

During their joint training with the PNG Orchids yesterday, Mead expressed his excitement at being back in camp.

The 2017 World Cup skipper was not considered for the Pacific Test selection in July as he was playing in the UK Super League.

“It’s a huge honour to be named captain for your country so I’ll make sure I prepare really well this week and give my best for the team,” he said.

Mead: I’ve learned to accept it and move on

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNG’s 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

“It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

“As a player, you don’t ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

“It would have been good to finish, but it wasn’t to be.

“I’ve learned to accept it and move on.

Kumuls lacked on field leadership

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.

Mead: We didn’t respect them as we should have

Speaking at the press conference on Sunday, Mead said there were plenty of points on offer but the team didn’t execute their set plays as well as they did in the win over Wales.

“We’ve got guys there who can break the line on their own, but we probably just got too excited and tried to score points like we did against Wales.

“We didn’t really earn the right to play out the back kind of football.”

Mead said against Wales, the Kumuls played tough, were able to hold on to the ball and complete sets.

Kumuls edge closer to quarter-final spot

The win was sealed three minutes out from full time with a try to halfback Watson Boas in front of another sell-out crowd in Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon.

It was the Wolfhounds who opened the scoring after four minutes through hooker Michael McIlorum, who scored after Kumuls captain, David Mead, failed to ground the ball in the in-goal area.

After dominating possession, the Kumuls finally got on the board ten minutes later.

The first try came from some razzle dazzle football which created space out wide for a barnstorming Gary Lo.

MTSL awards Mead, Martin

This week, MTSL through Pacific Balanced Fund Agro-Business presented cash awards to David Mead (best back) and Rhyse Martin (best forward) for their outstanding performances in the PNG LNG Kumuls 50-6 win over Wales.

Martin thanked MTSL saying it was an honour to be recognised for his efforts. Mead added on expressing his appreciation for the award.

General manager of Pacific Balanced Fund Agro-Business, Jerry Simon, said this was part of MTSL’s continued support from the SP Hunters and now to the PNG LNG Kumuls.

Mead commends forwards

Mead attributed his tries to the hard work that the forwards did in opening up try scoring opportunities.

It took just five minutes from kick off for the PNG captain to capitalise on their home ground advantage, receiving the ball 15 metres out from the Welsh goal line then getting past to score the Kumuls’ first try of the match.

Justin Olam let his season with the Melbourne Storm feeder club show when he combined well with Garry Lo in creating holes in the Wales defence for try scoring opportunities.