David Mead

Mead signs with French club

According to the team’s website, David Mead said his family and him are grateful for the opportunity the Catalans Dragons have given them.  

He said his time at NRL side Brisbane Broncos, under coach Wayne Bennett, has been extremely enjoyable and now he looks forward to learning all about the French culture when he will join his new teammates, coaching staff and management at the Dragons in a few weeks.

Mead looking forward to 2021

The 29-year-old said he hopes to retain his form to have a chance to prove he is capable of playing for the Kumuls once more.

He said this when asked if he would wear the red, black and gold jersey once more if selected.

He said in four years’ time, he will be 33 years old however, that does not mean he will not be physically fit to represent PNG.

Mead says he will still remain with Brisbane Broncos for the 2018 NRL season upon the completion of his contract with the team.

Mead: I’ve learned to accept it and move on

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNG’s 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

“It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

“As a player, you don’t ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

“It would have been good to finish, but it wasn’t to be.

“I’ve learned to accept it and move on.

Kumuls lacked on field leadership

Plenty of errors stifled what was a brutal and fast-paced opening 40 minutes and PNG was dealt a blow with heavy clashes, headlined by David Mead’s collision with England half Luke Gale.

A shoulder hit forced the PNG fullback from the field just 90 seconds into the match.

The PNG LNG Kumuls lacked leadership and guidance on the field of play as England capitalised.

The task for PNG became significantly harder when Kumuls captain, Mead, was considered unfit to return following his head knock.

Mead: We didn’t respect them as we should have

Speaking at the press conference on Sunday, Mead said there were plenty of points on offer but the team didn’t execute their set plays as well as they did in the win over Wales.

“We’ve got guys there who can break the line on their own, but we probably just got too excited and tried to score points like we did against Wales.

“We didn’t really earn the right to play out the back kind of football.”

Mead said against Wales, the Kumuls played tough, were able to hold on to the ball and complete sets.

Kumuls edge closer to quarter-final spot

The win was sealed three minutes out from full time with a try to halfback Watson Boas in front of another sell-out crowd in Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon.

It was the Wolfhounds who opened the scoring after four minutes through hooker Michael McIlorum, who scored after Kumuls captain, David Mead, failed to ground the ball in the in-goal area.

After dominating possession, the Kumuls finally got on the board ten minutes later.

The first try came from some razzle dazzle football which created space out wide for a barnstorming Gary Lo.

MTSL awards Mead, Martin

This week, MTSL through Pacific Balanced Fund Agro-Business presented cash awards to David Mead (best back) and Rhyse Martin (best forward) for their outstanding performances in the PNG LNG Kumuls 50-6 win over Wales.

Martin thanked MTSL saying it was an honour to be recognised for his efforts. Mead added on expressing his appreciation for the award.

General manager of Pacific Balanced Fund Agro-Business, Jerry Simon, said this was part of MTSL’s continued support from the SP Hunters and now to the PNG LNG Kumuls.

Mead commends forwards

Mead attributed his tries to the hard work that the forwards did in opening up try scoring opportunities.

It took just five minutes from kick off for the PNG captain to capitalise on their home ground advantage, receiving the ball 15 metres out from the Welsh goal line then getting past to score the Kumuls’ first try of the match.

Justin Olam let his season with the Melbourne Storm feeder club show when he combined well with Garry Lo in creating holes in the Wales defence for try scoring opportunities.

Mead: Still room for improvement

“Obviously, we’ve taken a lot of confidence from the win. But there are still things to fix up and improve on both in defence and attack.

“Obviously, our ball security is one thing.  I thought if we controlled the ball a bit better and built more pressure, we could have done a bit more damage against Wales.

“But overall, it was a pretty good performance, “said Mead.

Kumuls assistant coach, Marcus Bai agreed that the team needs to polish up on a number of areas before the next game against Ireland on Sunday November 5 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Mead's emotional PNG homecoming

A passionate Papua New Guinean who at one time in his career was disillusioned with the state of the game in PNG, Mead will have the honour of leading the Kumuls out for the first World Cup game ever played in PNG in front of a crowd that may be just as big outside the ground as the 25,000 who will create a deafening atmosphere from within.

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