Rugby League Test Preview – PNG Kumuls v Fiji – from Nothing But League

Time for some shameless self promotion with a preview of the upcoming Pacific Test match between the Kumuls of PNG and Bato of Fiji.

UPDATE: Want to know how it ended up?

Follow our full report from Nothing But League.

The big game of the weekend is not on Friday night, and does not feature names like Inglis, Boyd and Kenny-Dowall. It features names like Minoga, Boas and Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa.

Well that is according to us, and we’ll be watching, and for those with Fox Sports, you should be too.

It is the middle game in a triple header of International rugby league on Saturday afternoon/evening, and promises much.

We’ve already done a full preview with our friends at Nothing But League, so why not click here for the full preview at Nothing But League.

We’re big fans of all things PNG rugby league, and think they can beat the Fijians this weekend.

More so, we’re hoping the PNG players currently not with an NRL club get the chance to shine, especially Gurgler favourite Willie Minoga. We’ve raved about him for years, and now Australia gets another chance to see him in action thanks to Fox Sports. But there’s other PNG players to watch, like the brothers Boas, Stargroth Amean, and well, the entire squad.

Get  on the Kumuls bandwagon.

SO WHAT DO WE THINK

We think the Kumuls are primed to run around last year’s loss to Fiji and win 28-24. Whilst Fiji has the bigger names from the NRL, the PNG side benefits from a lot of combination from the PNG Hunters and ex Hunters players with the added spark of the Titans additions. With the Hunters improvements in the Intrust Super Cup since this fixture last year, the form line is strong for a Kumuls win.

Having a wager? We think the PNG side is tremendous value at $2.20. And why not throw a first try scorer bet on – we select Ase Boas @ $26 or David Mead @ $17.

 

SQUADS

PNG KUMULS

1              David Mead                       NRL – GC Titans

2              Justin Olam                        PNG Hunters

3              Kato Ottio                          NRL – Canberra Raiders

4              Nene Macdonald            NRL – GC Titans

5              Stargroth Amean            PNG Hunters

6              Ase Boas                             PNG Hunters

7              Watson Boas                     PNG Hunters

8              Luke Page                          Burleigh Bears

9              Wartovo Puara                 PNG Hunters

10           Henry Noki                        PNG Hunters

11           Rhys Martin                       Townsville Blackhawks

12           Rod Griffin                         NRL – Wests Tigers

13           Adam Korave                    PNG Hunters

14           Adex Wera                        PNG Hunters

15           Brandy Peter                    PNG Hunters

16           Willie Minoga                    Townsville Blackhawks

17           Kurt Baptiste                     NRL – Canberra Raiders

18           Timothy Lomai                 PNG Hunters

FIJI BATI

Sisa Waqa                                                            Canberra Raiders

Tyrone Phillips                                                   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Junior Roqica                                                     Cronulla Sharks

James Storer                                                      Illawarra – Port Kembla

Brayden Wiliame                                              Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Fabian Goodall                                                  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Benjamin Nakubuwai                                     Melbourne Storm

Maurice Kennedy                                            Mounties

Akuila Uate                                                         Newcastle Knights

Daniel Saifiti                                                       Newcastle Knights

Korbin Sims                                                        Newcastle Knights

Sitiveni Moceidreke                                        North Sydney Bears

Eloni Vunakece                                                                 Sydney Roosters

Kane Evans                                                         Sydney Roosters

Kevin Naiqama                                                  West Tigers

Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa            Fiji based

Iliavi Chris Ravu                                                 Fiji based

Ratu Jowasa Tubailagi Drodrolagi              Fiji based

Tui Kamikamica                                                 Sunshine Coast Falcons

Tuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo Seci                  Fiji based

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