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Papua-New Guinea Kumuls now has a very powerful set of backs

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Following the emergence of winger Xavier Coates -- ranked as the fastest man in the NRL -- as a star of the Brisbane Broncos,, plus the return to the NRL of Nene Macdonald, the PNG national side has an abundance of superb backline talent.

Consider just the superb first choice talent in the outside backs:

David Mead (Catalans)

Alex Johnston (South Sydney), Justin Olam (Melbourne), Nene Macdonald (Cronulla), Xavier Coates (Brisbane), Edene Gebbie (South Sydney)

 

There are good outside backs reserves in the form of Stargroth Amean (Barrow) and Garry Lo (Carcassonne)

I would suggest that the first choice outside backs for PNG are clearly superior to what England can offer, and possibly close to the quality of what New Zealand would select.

 

The team can also call upon some very good halves:

Kyle Laybutt (Townsville Blackhawks), Watson Boas (Doncaster) , Asa Boas (PNG Hunters) , Lachlan Lam (Sydney Roosters),.Edwin Ipape (Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles)

 

It is in the forwards where the PNG team may struggle.  

Second rower Rhyse Martin, (Leeds), prop Wellington Albert (Leeds), hooker/five eighth Edwin Ipape (Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles), prop Luke Page (Burleigh Bears)  and hooker Kurt Baptiste (Easts Tigers, formerly Canberra and North Queensland) are talented and have had first grade NRL or Super League experience. But the pack overall, now without James Segyaro (suspended for taking performance enhancing drugs in 2019), is not fully of international standard. If that situation could be rectified, PNG Kumuls could be regularly competitive with the top tier nations. But even as  it stands, the Kumuls historic win in  2019 over Great Britain shows that the team has real potential.

 

Just in case you missed it, the highlights of the PNG Kumuls 20019 victory over Great Britain:

 

Edwin Ipape, who as hooker scored a sensational try at the end of the first half against Great Britain, comes across as a very humble man.

https://www.seaeagles.com.au/news/2020/02/12/sea-eagles-feature-edwin-ipape/

Ipape is a very able replacement for the now suspended  talent James Segyaro. Ipape played in the World Nines, and is now in the Blacktown Workers feeder team for the NRL's top flight Manly Sea Eagles. He can play hooker or five eighth.

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45 minutes ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

That's the one Kurt really dines out on

Off course, he is now a member if a very elite club?

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I'm still bemused at how League 1 Doncaster half Boas tore GB apart!

PNG look to be building nicely.

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Great . Stronger the Pacific Islands teams become the better . We need a strong France as well . I don’t know about the other home nations future tbh . More than anything though we need a strong , set long term international calendar !

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3 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Great . Stronger the Pacific Islands teams become the better . We need a strong France as well . I don’t know about the other home nations future tbh . More than anything though we need a strong , set long term international calendar !

Totally agree

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10 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

I'm still bemused at how League 1 Doncaster half Boas tore GB apart!

PNG look to be building nicely.

'coz if you watch him play, he's bl00dy good ?

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5 hours ago, Manfred Mann said:

There are good outside backs reserves in the form of Stargroth Amean (Barrow) and Garry Lo (Carcassonne)

Garry Lo. Always wondered what happened to him

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19 minutes ago, FearNothing said:

'coz if you watch him play, he's bl00dy good ?

Part time player. On tiny money. Works a day job. Trains nights. Plays weekly against very low grade opposition.

Good player or not, Tommygilf's point still stands... How did he tear the cream of 'GB' apart?

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1 minute ago, Mr Plow said:

Garry Lo. Always wondered what happened to him

Should have been in prison from what I saw!

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Xavier Coates looks the business , reminds me of a young Inglis physically . Great name to ... Xavier . Better than Burt 

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1 hour ago, Tommygilf said:

I'm still bemused at how League 1 Doncaster half Boas tore GB apart!

PNG look to be building nicely.

His try against GB (and his little boogie afterwards) reminded me of Henderson Gill.

Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.

They wanted it a lot more than GB, how looked tired and homesick. 

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46 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Should have been in prison from what I saw!

What did you see? 

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2 minutes ago, fighting irish said:

His try against GB (and his little boogie afterwards) reminded me of Henderson Gill.

Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog. 

True. But how can a league 1 half outclass GB?! Does that make us rubbish or him momentarily brilliant?

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2 minutes ago, fighting irish said:

What did you see? 

Not really for this thread mate, PM me or have a google search and you'll get the impression.

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1 minute ago, Tommygilf said:

True. But how can a league 1 half outclass GB?! Does that make us rubbish or him momentarily brilliant?

They wanted it more than we did. The GB lads look tired and homesick and embarrassed. 

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1 hour ago, fighting irish said:

They wanted it more than we did. The GB lads look tired and homesick and embarrassed. 

They were certainly an embarrassment.

I think you could add "arrogant" to the list as well. They thought the game was won before half time and switched off completely in the 39th min.


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There's certainly another crop of talented kids coming through at many clubs in the NRL. Seems every club has at least one or two touted as something special.

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2 hours ago, Celt said:

Part time player. On tiny money. Works a day job. Trains nights. Plays weekly against very low grade opposition.

Good player or not, Tommygilf's point still stands... How did he tear the cream of 'GB' apart?

GB were very poor, bullied up front that day from what I remember. PNG had a simple game plan which suited Watson's strengths well. He's lively and fast and has an eye for the try-line.

Where he has struggled - at least in England - is in the creative passing game. He had quite a few good moments in his brief stint with Fev, but they were mostly of an individual nature. He definitely played better than his brother Ase, who only lasted 5 games, but between them they couldn't really get the attack clicking or create many openings. 

Fev moved quickly to replace Ase, and then when Chisholm became available Watson lost his place and moved to Doncaster, where he seemed to be 3rd choice half back (and usually on the bench) by the end of the season behind Rangi Chase & Matty Beharrell.

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5 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

I'm still bemused at how League 1 Doncaster half Boas tore GB apart!

PNG look to be building nicely.

Maybe the question you should be asking is why hasn’t Boas been snapped up by a Super League club instead of still playing in League 1, surely he would be a great value signing.

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2 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

Maybe the question you should be asking is why hasn’t Boas been snapped up by a Super League club instead of still playing in League 1, surely he would be a great value signing.

Possibly.

Or... It could be that he isn't actually very good! The fact that he ran GB ragged could simply outline how bad they were! It might not actually make him a very good player.


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