PNG Kumuls vs Fiji Bati Pacific Championship Final: Can the Kumuls bounce back from humiliating defeat?

The PNG Kumuls were handed a humiliating 43-16 defeat by the Fiji Bati in the Pacific Championship Bowls final on Sunday, and head coach Justin Holbrook is demanding a response from his players in the grand final this weekend.

The Kumuls made a litany of errors in the match, conceding 10 errors, eight penalties and missing 32 tackles, which allowed the Bati to run riot. Holbrook has said he will be considering making some positional changes for the grand final, but he has refused to rule out any of the players who played on Sunday.

Skipper Kyle Laybutt has said the Kumuls are “pretty hurt” by the defeat, but he is confident they can bounce back in the grand final. “We just got to bounce back straight away and be ready to go,” Laybutt said. “We know we can beat Fiji, we just need to put in a better performance.”

The Kumuls will need to produce a vastly improved performance if they want to avoid another embarrassing defeat to the Bati in the grand final. They will need to tighten up their defense and reduce their error count, and they will also need to find a way to stop the Bati’s dangerous backline.

The PNG Kumuls Pacific Championship Final is shaping up to be a thrilling match, with both teams desperate to win. The Kumuls will be looking to avenge their defeat last week, while the Bati will be looking to cement their status as the best team in the Pacific.

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