An­der­son takes pos­i­tives from tour

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Eng­land Knights coach Paul An­der­son spoke of an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter Pa­pua New Guinea came from be­hind in Port Moresby to square the twom­atch se­ries with a 32-22 win.

The Knights, who had won the open­ing game in Lae 16-12, looked on course for a se­ries vic­tory when first-half tries from wingers Tom Line­ham and Tom Davies and full-back Jack Walker es­tab­lished an 18-6 lead.

But the Ku­muls surged back with 24 unan­swered points ei­ther side of half-time, and although Line­ham gave the Knights fresh hope with his sec­ond of the match, the home team main­tained their im­pres­sive record at the Oil Search Sta­dium, where they won three World Cup fix­tures last year.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Michael Marum and his team,” said An­der­son. “The Ku­muls ran a bit harder than us in that game and had more con­trol. We got taught a les­son. But this tour was about ex­pos­ing a group of our young play­ers to some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, out of their com­fort zone. The last two weeks for me has been two of the best of my ca­reer, in re­gards to en­joy­ment lev­els.”

Line­ham said: “It would have been per­fect to cap it off with two wins. Un­for­tu­nately that wasn’t the case but it’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence and we’ve made plenty of fan­tas­tic me­mories.”

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