PNG vs Wales Preview

The Kumuls are clear favourites coming into this fixture and it's easy to see why. PNG's squad will feature the likes of David Mead, James Segeyaro and Nene MacDonald to name a few stars. Making the men from Port Morseby tough opposition. This by no means should undermine the threat the Welsh pose. The Welsh have brought a big pack with them to help win the battle down the middle, which will be no easy task against a fired up PNG.

PNG: The Kumuls intensity is going to be tough to match, this is a team with incredible pride in their jersey, anybody that has watched a Papua New Guinea game will know exactly what I mean. PNG have some fantastic talent amongst their ranks that play week in week out in the NRL and I'm just not sure The Dragons can compete with that. Papua New Guinea will look to move the ball wide to their talented backs in an effort to expose weaknesses in the Welsh back line and I predict this will be where most of their points come from. PNG by no means bring the largest players to the tournament but what their forwards lack in size they make up for in heart, making them bookies favourites to top their pool.

Wales: John Kear's men are not without their strengths. Young stars Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles, who are emerging talents in Super League, Grace especially has shown he is capable of incredible moments and is definitely one to keep your eye on in the game. Welsh veteran Craig Kopczach has been handed the skipper's role in an effort to get Wales off to a good start. Wales will most likely look to use their size to push through the middle, exploiting their much larger pack, looking to their forwards to be the players that spearhead the Dragons metre making.

Conclusion: How either side will play, your guess is as good as mine, but one thing is for sure this will be an incredibly physical game with plenty of big hits to offer but overall I sense a comfortable Kumuls win around a 10 to 20 point margin.



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