John to partner Putt in backrow


ZEV John has been named to start for the Kumuls as they look to end their two-match series against the England Knights with a win in Port Moresby on Saturday.
The 20-year-old will play only his second game for the Kumuls when they run out at the National Football Stadium.
Enock Maki has been dropped to the bench, with Moses Meninga taking his place at prop, allowing John to partner Nixon Putt in the second row.
Ase Boas, pictured, makes way for Kyle Laybutt, who joined the squad on Tuesday, on the bench.
James Segeyaro is unable to join the team because of delayed travel arrangements.
Easts Tigers’ Tom Butterfield maintains the hooking role, with Enga Mioks rake Woods Kawage named as 18th man.
Workhorse Rhadley Brawa, who averaged 37 tackles per game for the Papua New Guinea Hunters in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup this season, keeps his place on the bench.
Centre Justin Olam will be itching to threaten more in attack — a forte of his that saw him finish fifth in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup for most tackle breaks this season.
Determined to avoid a series whitewash on home soil, Michael Marum’s charges will be desperate to put in an 80-minute performance.
The Kumuls started with a bang at the Lae Rugby League Ground over the weekend, scoring the first try through debutant Brendon Nima.
But the visitors used their Super League experience to run down the Kumuls and hold on for the win, despite not scoring a single point after the break.
The Englishmen will be out to match a fired up Kumuls outfit on Saturday, with coach Paul Anderson aiming to get the job done on foreign soil.
Kumuls: 1. David Mead (captain), 2. Junior Rau, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Nene Macdonald, 5. Brendon Nima, 6. Edwin Ipape, 7. Watson Boas, 8. Moses Meninga, 9. Tom Butterfield, 10. Stanton Albert, 11. Zev John, 12. Nixon Putt, 13. Wellington Albert; Interchange – 14. Kyle Laybutt, 15. Enock Maki, 16. Rhadley Brawa, 17. Dilbert Isaac, 18. Woods Kawage, 19. Ase Boas.

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