Tom Davies was again on the scoresheet for England Knights but couldn’t prevent them slipping to a 32-22 defeat to Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
The Knights had won the opening game in Lae 16-12 thanks to a Davies try.
And they looked on course for a repeat when slick first-half tries from Warrington’s Tom Lineham, Davies and the Leeds full-back Jack Walker established an 18-6 lead.
But the Kumuls surged back with 24 unanswered points either side of half-time, and although Lineham gave the Knights fresh hope with his second of the match – and third of the series – the home team maintained their impressive record at the Oil Search Stadium, where they won three World Cup fixtures last year.
Wigan’s Sam Powell, a vice-captain for the trip, again played hooker.
“Congratulations to Michael Marum and his team,” said Anderson.
“The Kumuls ran a bit harder than us in that game, and had more control. We got taught a lesson.
“At 18-6 with about 10 seconds to go before half-time, conceding a try had a deciding factor on our attitude.
“Over the two games we’ve made too many errors.
“But this tour was about exposing a group of our young players to something completely different, out of their comfort zone.
“The more we do this, the more we can expose our players to these environments, the better our players will be.
“The last two weeks for me has been two of the best of my career, in regards to enjoyment levels.”
The Knights will head home via Brisbane, and will attend next Sunday’s third Test between England and New Zealand at Elland Road.