Rabaul Gurias move to second spot after win

first_imgRugby League BY MICHAEL WARTOVO Agmark Rabaul Gurias showed class of brilliance during the Digicel Cup round 16 game at the Kalabond Oval defeating the Waghi Tumbe 20-8 on Sunday. Gurias now have moved up to second spot clear on the ladder on 23 points behind Enga Mioks who are on 24 points, the win by the Gurias on Sunday also atoned for their loss against Bintangor Goroka Lahanis the previous weekend in Goroka. In third spot are Waghi Tumbe on 21 points, Lae Snax Tigers 20, Hela Wigmen 17, Lahanis 17, Vipers 15, Muruks 13, PRK Gulf Isou 6 and Chimbu Warriors 4. Gurias, with their strong defensive play and slick passing earned them their first try in the 17th minute of the first stanza when five-eighth Solomon Pokare’s grubber into the in-goal of Tumbe saw Edward Goma scoring to put the Gurias in front by 4 points with an unsuccessful conversion attempt. The game seesawed for the last 30 minutes with Waghi Tumbe using their bigger opponents to penetrate into the Guria territory but to no avail as they opponents continued to muscle their defence and keep them in their territory. The Gurias onslaught lead by their big forwards Francis Takai and Kingston Paul were devastating causing havoc on the visitors with Tumbe trying desperately to defend their line. The home side got another chance in the 20th minute after the referee awarded a penalty for a high shot on dynamic hooker Brian Gispe in front of the Tumbe tryline. Another conversion attempt went begging. And before they could head into the sheds, Pokare again sent out one of his lengthy grubber kicks from 15m line out wide for John Ragi Jr’s try to extend the Gurias lead to 10 points. This time Pokare added the extras. Waghi Tumbe came back strongly in the second half and scored a try to winger Gary Lo who outsprinted his opposite number to score a four-pointer. They failed to find the uprights and the scores remained 10-4 to the Gurias. The Gurias regrouped soon after to send Gispe over for a well deserved try from a 40m mark to score under the black dot to put the Guria’s further in front on 16 points. Lo was in the thick of things again – this time showing his blistering pace to run 60m down the side line before offloading to his centre to score for the Tumbe to trail Gurias 16-8. But Gurias fullback Terry Wapi picked up a try to extend their lead to 20-8.last_img

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