“We’re building” – Ex-St Helens boss Kristian Woolf with ominous assessment of his side’s performance against Wales

Kristian Woolf’s Tonga side are all but in the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after they beat Wales and he has promised that his side will improve after wins over Wales and dark horses for World Cup success Papua New Guinea, which can only be cause for concern for their potential knockout stage opponents.

Barring some shock results next week, they will top the group and take on Samoa in the quarter-finals.

However, Woolf wants his sides to improve their performances based on the difficult game against Papua New Guinea when they were nearly stunned by the Kumuls whilst against Wales they were dominated for 36 minutes despite up against a smaller, part-time team.

However, Woolf believes that improvement will come as he promised his side would get better and better.

He said on the BBC after the game: “We looked like we thought it would probably be a bit easier than it was I suppose, and you tend to get taught a lesson when you do that.

“There’s potential there, you can see that there is potential there. I said last week that we would get better and tonight I think we saw signs of improvement especially when we have a few blokes who will come in and make a big difference.

“We’re going to be better, there’s no doubt about that. We’re building.”

One area in which Woolf expects his side to improve is their attack after many felt winger Tupou should have had more than a hat-trick in last night’s game.

On this Woolf said: “He probably should have had a couple more. We left a few points out there. Once we get it right, we’re going to find a lot of points.”

So, it sounds like Woolf expects his side to get better which is only ominous for likely quarter-final opponents Samoa and likely semi-final opposition England.

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