Gene reveals player pride
Stanley Gene spoke of his pride despite watching his players fall to a third successive Four Nations defeat against England.
Last Updated: 06/11/10 10:37am
Papua New Guinea coach Stanley Gene spoke of his pride despite watching his players fall to a third successive Four Nations defeat against England.
The plucky Kumuls gave England a brief scare in the second half before crashing to a 36-10 reverse at Eden Park - a result which sees them walk away with the wooden spoon.
Nevertheless, Gene was delighted with the effort shown by his players throughout the campaign and he believes they will come back stronger for the experience.
He told Sky Sports: "I'm very proud of the boys. There are about 15 boys all the way from home, half of them have never been on a plane in their lives so it's a great experience for the boys.
"I'm disappointed with all three games that we couldn't control the ball and build some pressure.
"It's a learning curve for them and I've seen a lot of positives in the last three games and things are looking up."
The Kumuls were 24-0 down at half time but rallied in the second half through tries from English-based duo Makali Aizue and Menzie Yere.
But Gene admits he was disappointed his players didn't stay calm once they had forced their way back into the match.
"Second half it was 30-12 and we just need to switch on and play football," he added.
"Hopefully next year we'll come back much better. We've missed six good players who are injured, who are playing professionally in England and in Australia.
"These boys here, I'm so proud of them."