Kumul’s fullback David Mead missedthe opportunity given by France to lead Kumuls to victory.
It was a gutsy performance staged bythe gallant Kumuls, despitethe cold English climate, coming out one point short of raisingthe bar.
It wasthe third match ofthe 2013 Rugby LeagueWorld CupPNG embracedthe National Athem with pride while onthe ther hand France knew &lsquothe song from Marseille by heart.
France wasted no time, kicking offthe match, fullback David Mead was quick to respond, sending a confident message to counterparts.
It was a moment to displaythe Mal and Lam’s on field discipline and techniques as hooker Paul Aiton made sure ball work was channeled through both corridors.
The pressure was on as French playmaker Thomas Besc openedthe scoring inthe sixth minute.
Kumuls bounced back with Ray Thompson’s pass to Nene McDonald who went intothe right corridor, openingthe Kumul’s scoreboard.
France comfortably led 6-4 at half time.
Port Moresby Vipers playmaker Josiah Abavu made use of French Mickael Simon’s knock-on, crossingthe try line inthe second half ofthe match. Kumuls leads comfortably at 8 with France trailing at 6.
The France Besc worked wonders to bringthe scores level with a penalty at 20 minutes into full time and fellow Berthau nailed a 35-metre field goal.
Hot favorite, David Mead was left devastated after missing a late penalty to bring Kumul to victory. France won, 9 points to 8.
Head Coach Adrian Lam is optimistic for the team to make a comeback inthe two remaining matches.
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