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Playing against a top rugby league team like Australia requires full 80 minutes consistency in attack and defensive sets.
PNG Prime Minister XIII skipper and fullback David Mead knows what it is like to play alongside fellow countrymen and bringing out the physical and best game performance they can offer against the visiting team.
“One thing I think I know for sure playing with the PNG team is always gonna see players going out and play tough and play hard,” said Mead.
He said it is just a matter of how long they (players) can exert that same approach.
“It is the Australian team, so if you got the chance to beat the best side in the World, you have to be on for 80 minutes.”
Mead said he is always excited to put on the PNG jersey and obviously having lived here (PNG) for 12 years it is always home for him.
Mead’s inclusion in the team with NRL players like vice captain James Segeyaro, Rhyse Martin, Nene MacDonald, Justin Olam, Lachlan Lam and Kyle Laybutt including the workaholic defensive efforts of the local PNG Hunters players will bring back the last year’s World Cup memories.
The Albert brothers Wellington and Stanton were also outstanding for the PNG LNG Kumuls and tomorrow’s PM XIII game performance opens up the door for another historical moment for them and also the team as well.
“I know the boys can go out and play tough for periods of time in that game but if you want to get the chance of winning the game you have to be on for 80 minutes and everyone at their best,” said Mead.
Australia PM XIII and Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said from the forwards pack point of view they have a strong side.
“Most of the forwards who will be playing in test matches coming up against the New Zealand Kiwis and Tongan teams,” said Meninga.
“Because they (forwards) have not played for a while it is an ideal situation to bring the caliber of David Klemmer, Aaron Woods, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jordan McLean and Tyson Frizell and they are very important members of the Australian Kangaroos squad.”
Meanwhile, following in his father’s footsteps and also being inducted into the PNG Kumuls legacy, Lachlan Lam (pictured) remains confident to maintain his game consistency in representing PNG.
Young Lam is the son of former PNG Kumuls captain Adrian Lam who is also part of the Australia PM XIII coach and Mal Maninga’s coaching staff that arrived yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s PM XII match at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.
Lachlan made his debut in last year’s Rugby League World Cup and he prove to all the ethnic backgrounds of Papua New Guinea that he is his father’s next Kumul who will make history for rugby league in PNG.
He maintained consistency again with his instrumental performance in the 2018 Pacific Test as PNG Kumuls defeated Fiji Bati 26-14.
“It is always awesome to put on the PNG jersey, the boys are a good bunch and they are pretty much family now-been around them for a long period of time,” said Lam.
“The core of the group is getting stronger and stronger, I think there is a lot of talents coming through this team and I am excited to be here and play.”
Lam admits he always wants to play good footy when putting on the PNG jersey and he will go out there tomorrow and play the way he plays and hopefully things work out for him.
“There is nothing I am going to try different so I am just going to play that has got me into this team and hopefully cement the spot for the future,” he said.
He thinks they (Australian PM XIII) have picked an in-experienced team, experienced in the forwards and obviously will make the game abit more competitive, and they will struggle up here with the heat and us playing tough.
“I am confident with our preparations and the boys have been here for a very long time now does not matter what we do here but I think our performance will be based from what we have accomplished from the last six months,” said Lam.
Asked if he is confident to score a try come game day tomorrow, Lam said hopefully he scores given he is a try scorer with two tries scored already at test match and he has to keep up that good record.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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