Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett admitted he is disappointed with his side’s performances over the course of the tour, but highlighted the strides other nations are making in the wake of their 28-10 loss to PNG.
GB fell to their fourth straight defeat, having also experienced a loss to Tonga at the beginning of the tour and back to back losses to New Zealand.
Although deflated by the lack of results, the most experienced coach in the game was delighted with the progress other countries such as the Kumuls have made in recent years.
“I’m disappointed, I think we’ve under achieved. We’ve played some quality teams and I think you have to look at what’s happening with the international game, we’re starting to see the benefits of teams playing more games; teams are improving massively,” he told NRL.com.
“You look at the emergence of Tonga and Papua New Guinea tonight compared to five or six years ago, whilst we’ve got to swallow a bitter pill I only see the game getting stronger on the other side of the ledger, which is great to see.”
Bennett admitted errors have been the bane of his team’s tour, which is something he is confident can be fixed up relatively easily, but pointed to a lack of mid-season internationals and substantial preparation prior to the tour as a key factor in the Lions string of underwhelming results.
“We gave them great field position off the back of errors and to Papua New Guinea’s credit they barely did that and the game has reached a point now where if you’re not completing at 85% or more in both halves you’re in a fair bit of trouble,” he said.
“England and Great Britain can’t come to games like these on the back of playing in tough domestic competitions under prepared, everyone is doing more preparation than us and we need to fix that if we want to reach that level.
“Not having any Tests during the season has had an impact and we need better preparation, we needed a trial game and that is something we need to look at or our fans will continue to be disappointed, that’s just how it is.”