PNG LNG Kumuls

PNG needs more players in the NRL

“We want to see a lot more of our players in the NRL and not just playing in feeder clubs.

“In order for us to be competitive in the next five years, we need another three or four David Meads playing in the Broncos.

“We have a few boys out there in the feeder clubs, but they need to do the hard work to get into the top 25 and be playing week in and week out in the NRL."

Marum said he is hoping to see PNG players who are contracted to NRL clubs break into the big league.

VIDEO: Kumuls return

Media Manager, Joanna Lester said the Kumuls will touch down in Port Moresby at 12pm.

Only four teams remain in the contest for the ultimate prize in international rugby league. ***

England will play Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium, in New Zealand on Saturday, November 25.

The semi-final will kick off at 6pm.

In the other semi-final, Australia will clash with Fiji at Brisbane Stadium, Australia on Friday, November 24 at 7pm.

 

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Kumuls to return home tomorrow

Media manager, Joanna Lester, says the Kumuls will touch down in Port Moresby at 12pm.

Only four teams remain in the contest for the ultimate prize in international rugby league.

England will play Tonga at Mt. Smart Stadium, New Zealand, on Saturday, November 25. The semi-final will kick off at 6pm.

In the other semi-final, Australia will clash with Fiji at Brisbane Stadium, Australia, on Friday, November 24, at 7pm.

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Kumuls have our respect: PM

"It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”

The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.

"They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.

VIDEO: Kumuls lack leadership

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

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

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. 

VIDEO: Kumuls bow out

The poms have a semi-final date booked for with a win over the Kumuls.

 

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Kumuls go down fighting

Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn't help.

"It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set," Marum said. 

England through to semis after scrappy win

Despite this afternoon’s 36-6 win over the PNG LNG Kumuls, Wayne Bennett’s England only completed 25 of 45 sets.

The Kumuls were dealt a mighty blow 90 seconds into the match when captain David Mead came off second best after a try saving tackle on England’s Luke Gale.

After surviving early raids from the English, the Kumuls went on the counter-attack and came agonisingly close to drawing first blood after Kato Ottio dropped a bomb in the in-goal.

Repeat sets to England produced the first points with Jermaine McGillvary flying over on the wing.

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.

Kumuls go down to England

The English picked up from where they left off in the first half, running in four tries in the second term.

The Kumuls’ only points came from a Garry Lo try in the 59th minute that was converted by Rhyse Martin.

England will face off with Tonga in the semi-finals next Saturday in New Zealand.

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