5 Nov 2011

Sport: Pride on line for PNG's Kumuls

12:05 pm on 5 November 2011

Papua New Guinea rugby league coach Adrian Lam admits pride is on the line for his team as they seek to atone for last weeks shock loss to Fiji.

The Kumuls were beaten 26-12 in Mount Hagen by a Fiji team featuring a number of professional players from the NRL and Toyota Cup competitions.

PNG coach Lam opted to select only captain Paul Aiton from the NRL and give local players a chance to press their selection claims.

He says those players were bitterly disappointed with their efforts last week and are determined to make amends.

"The reception that we received from the loss hasn't been great. As I explained to the players that's what you get if we don't play well you're going to get your doubters and what not so everyone is on notice to perform. I'm sure that just the pride of themselves and their individual performances is what they'll want to respond from and play better."

Adrian Lam says the team can still claim the series if they win by enough points tomorrow and that is their target.