Sunday, October 26, 2008

Papua New Guinea Kumuls put up a commendable performance

Our Papua New Guinea Kumuls put up a gutsy performance against England before going down 32-22 in Townsville, Australia, last night as the Englishmen survived a tough fired-up challenge from Papua New Guinea to win their opening match at the rugby league World Cup.


It seemed that most, if not all, of Papua New Guinea was glued to their TV sets last night cheering their heads off.


My kids were oblivious to the world as the Kumuls dominated the first half.

The English trailed the Kumuls 16-12 at halftime and were heading for an embarrassing first-up loss before rallying in the second half for a six tries to four victory in tropical conditions in northern Queensland.

Leeds Rhinos winger Lee Smith scored a hattrick of tries on debut, two of them in the opening half as England overcame their opening examination in cut-throat Pool One, which also features leading title hopes, Australia and New Zealand.

Papua New Guinea gave the game away in the second half through mistakes and poor discipline.


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