Former Great Britain international Jon Wilkin believes the Lions disastrous Southern Hemisphere tour has shown up a real lack of depth in the squad after Wayne Bennett’s side lost to PNG.
The Kumuls beat GB 28-10 in Port Moresby to round off four losses from four matches for the tourists, with the Toronto forward left questioning the quality available in the Lions ranks following injuries to a number of key personnel before and during the tour.
“We’ve got a number of players missing from the squad and I don’t think this is representative of our best side, but what it does highlight is a worrying lack of depth when you take a few of the bigger names out,” he said on the BBC after the game.
“We’ve defended pretty well up until today but I think you need to be better than that and all the players will have to hold their hands up and admit the last couple of performances haven’t been good enough.”
Wilkin was full of praise for Papua New Guinea, who turned in a dominant second half performance to secure a well deserved and historic win.
“PNG got everything right in the second half. They really benefited from some short kicks and running from dummy half,” he said.
“You can’t execute these kind of plays unless you’re in the right area of the field and if you make mistakes and give up cheap field position you’re always going to struggle,”