Papua New Guinea and Samoa face-off in a must-win World Cup tie at Craven Park, Hull tonight. England will be out to provide the perfect response to a tumultuous week when they take on Australia in the World Cup opener at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Organisers of the Rugby League World Cup are hoping for record crowds as Cardiff hosts the opening ceremony.
This is a must win clash for both nations and with the Kiwis up next for the Kumuls a loss would effectively see them eliminated from the tournament.
Papua New Guinea went down to France in their opening game 9-8 and despite missing a penalty shot for the win right on the death, David Mead was PNG's best on field.
Skipper Paul Aiton and Nene McDonald were also impressive and will need to lift again.
To prepare for this clash and Samoa's big men, Kumuls coach Adrian Lam has had his side working on their defence. Ball execution was the other area of focus for Lam with poor handling a major problem against France.
Samoa managed to run in five tries against New Zealand before eventually going down 42-24. Defence was a major problem and direction from the halves was lacking.
For Samoa, Reni Maitua and Frank Winterstein are both expected to be available after missing the Kiwis clash to injury.
The battle of fullbacks shapes as the key match-up. David Mead might be the fastest man in the NRL but boom rookie Anthony Milford is no slouch. Both players are vital to their side's attack.
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Josiah Abavu, Paul Aiton, Dion Aiye, Ase Boas, Jason Chan, Neville Costigan, Isreal Eliab, Richard Kambo, Enoch Maki, Larsen Marabe, Bosam Nene MacDonald, David Mead, Mark Mexico, Jessi Joe Nandye, Sebastion Pandia, Jason Tali, Ray Thompson, Charlie Wabo, Menzie Yere
SAMOA: Leeson Ah Mau, David Fa'alogo, Pita Godinet, Tim Lafai, Joseph Leilua, Penani Manumalealii, Mose Masoe, Suaia Matagi, Anthony Milford, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Junior Sa'u, Michael Sio, Iosia Soliola, Sauaso Sue, Mark Taufua, Daniel Vidot, Antonio Winterstein.