Picture Courtesy: Grant Trouvill, NRL Photos
The PNG LNG Kumuls are only 11 sleeps from their opener match against Wales here in Port Moresby.
Having just returned from Fiji yesterday after the Tri-Series over the weekend, they are taking 3 days’ rest before the final preparation training starts on Thursday.
Testing themselves against Fiji and Australia over the weekend has now given them a taste of the world cup matches ahead.
And the uncertainty on whether PNG Hunters Half back and an expected key player in the Kumuls Ase Boas still awaiting a scan to clear dark clouds surrounding his world cup appearance, is something the team does not want to dwell on as they remain positive.
With most of the team being made up of SP PNG Hunters who just came off the back of this year’s Queensland Intrust Super Cup as premiers, the Kumuls finished second in the Tri-Series over the weekend.
Now with 11 days to kick off, the Kumuls look to maintain the flare, approaching the opener.
And come the 28th of this month, the PNG side will run out on match day here in Port Moresby at the National Football Stadium to face Wales.
And just like any other big rugby match in PNG, the crowd goes up in roaring frenzy when red, black and gold-clad men run out onto the field.
With tickets almost sold out at this stage, the visitors will not only be facing 13 men on the field, they will also be facing almost 15,000 patriotic PNG supporters.