Anderson takes positives from tour
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.”