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USA Hawks arrive in Port Moresby to face the PNG Kumuls

Staff Reporter 11/07/2017 | | |
The United States of America (USA) are anticipating a tough match against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.
The USA Hawks are making it tough in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with the team yet to score a win, going down to Fiji 58-12 and last weekend were scoreless against Italy 46-0, with the Papua New Guinea LNG Kumuls on a roll the Hawks coach Brian McDermott is keeping humble about their match against Papua New Guinea.
McDermott who is a former England test player was appointed to the Hawks just this year and says they are an emerging team that had only played their first World Cup in 2013.
He added that they are focusing on a good game but are also looking at building their players for the future of USA rugby league.
“We have a very emerging squad; we played our first World Cup in 2013 and made it to the quarter finals and lost to Australia.
“PNG have been really good playing at home we had a couple of tough games but we are ready for another tough one against a very good PNG side.
“We have a squad of 24 and 12 guys who are US home grown players, while we want to win as many games as we can we want to make as many headlines as we can we also out here to give a lovely game back in America and some of these players go back and say they have played in a rugby league world cup,” McDermott said at their arrival yesterday.
Captain Mark Offerdahl said they had conceded a lot of points but says they will be putting together their best squad for Sundays match.
“We just want to keep improving every game keep developing the USA boys in rugby league and give them new experiences first time to play in PNG and that’s really big for us.
“We have played all of our squad members and we have a feel of what the best team will be and we get our best defensive team in there and give the crowd an entertaining and competitive match ,” Offerdahl said. Post Courier/ ONE PNG

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