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Basics key for PNG Kumuls, says Olam

MELBOURNE Storm centre and Papua New Guinea International  Justin Olam says a simple approach in next Saturday’s Pacific Test against the Fiji Batis will bring out the best in the Papua New Guinea LNG Kumuls.
Justin Olam
After missing out on the first Pacific Test in June due to a hamstring injury, Olam said PNG’s toughness and courage were qualities distinct to the Kumuls.
“I don’t think we’ll need to change the way we play,” he said.
“We’re always a good side when we play our best game and I feel like we can still beat any team in the Pacific if we play our best and if we control possession.
“We’re just going to be who we are –fearless and aggressive.”
Olam also welcomed the inclusion of fellow NRL star Alex Johnston which he says will only add to their backline depth.
“He’s a big addition to our side and we all know what kind of player he is,” the 25-year-old said.
“The speed and things that he brings to the game with his NRL experience is going to be vital for our side and I’m really looking forward to playing alongside him.”
After an impressive season with the Storm, Olam’s return has given him time to reflect on a memorable year with the Craig Bellamy-coached minor premiers.
The former SP Hunters scored seven tries in 14 NRL matches this season after being called into action from feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons. He also played three NRL games last year.
“It’s always a good feeling not only to come back and connect with the boys (Kumuls) but to come home,” he said. “I haven’t been here since the start of the season, it’s good to come back. To be honest, I didn’t really expect to play that much (in the NRL this season).
“I was just concentrating on the things I needed to improve on in my game (at the Falcons in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup).
“I was working on those things and they (Storm) gave me the opportunity to play and I took it with both hands. The National/RI

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