Caption: Paul Wellens is caught between PNG duo Tuu Maori and George Keppa
By Brian Noble
England were probably a little surprised by the enthusiasm shown by the Papua New Guinea team in Saturday's World Cup opener but despite the narrow margin of victory, it was a great workout for Tony Smith's side.
PNG showed up strongly and were really close to causing a major upset. But at the end of the day for
It was a nervous and anxious night for
When Tony Smith sits down and has a look back at the game, he will think it was what
PNG probably played to their full potential but
The fact that
The defence looked a bit rusty but you could expect that. You are going to get caught with a couple of things you probably would not do when you are completely on your game.
The game and the result will help wake
Tony Smith will probably be a bit relieved because all coaches have horrible nights when the bounce of the ball does not go your way and you commit more errors than you would like to, but he will be pleased with the win.
I thought Rob Burrow and James Roby sparked
There was a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium with the locals backing the Kumuls and they responded with great enthusiasm.
For PNG, the Hull KR duo of Stanley Gene and Makali Aizue were outstanding, as was their hooker Charlie Wabo, who came on from the bench and did some great things.
Stanley, who led his side superbly, belies the years and keeps putting in superb performances. He's done it for Hull KR a couple of times this season and who knows how long he can go on for?
It's alleged that he has four passports where his age ranges from 44 to 34 and his true age is probably somewhere in between. Having coached him at
I think PNG really fancied turning over
This may have been their best chance to beat one of the big three teams.
Brian Noble was speaking to BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson