Digicel Cup

Stage set for 2015 Digicel Cup grand final

15 000 plus people are expected to pour into the stadium today to watch the final game of the season.

The stakes couldn’t get any higher than this, the winner to have bragging rights as champions of rugby league in the country.

Being seasoned grand finalists, the Gurias will want to make right their wrongs after their humiliating 34-8 loss to the Hela Wigmen in last year’s grand final.

For the Lions, waiting nearly two decades to play in a grand final is more than enough motivation to drive the Simbu boys home to a win.

Digicel Cup grand final tickets to go on sale tomorrow

Tickets will be sold at all Stop N Shop outlets in Port Moresby. Grand stand tickets will cost K60 and outer stand tickets will be going for K30.

No tickets will be sold at the gates on game day.

Gates at the Sir John Guise stadium will open at 10am. The curtain raiser, which is a third and fourth playoff between the Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers will kick off at 12pm.

Following this will be the main game between the Agmark Gurias and the Simbu Lions at 3pm to decide the winner of the 2015 Digicel Cup competition.

 

PNG and Fiji rugby league champions to play off for Melanesian honours

Following in the footsteps of the World Club Challenge, long contested by NRL and Super League clubs, the premiers of PNG and Fiji's national leagues will now play off for a regional title. 

The match will take place at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 7pm. 

Gurias defeat Tigers 20-16 in qualifying final

Gurias were a better side on the day after defending early leads in both halves of the match.

Gurias took a successful penalty and then put two quick tries on the back of silly errors by Tigers in the early part of the first half.

Just before half time, Tigers scored an unconverted try to trail 4-12 into the break.

In the second 40, Gurias ran over the Tigers' line twice to bring their score to 20 while the Morobe boys scored 12 points.

Digicel Cup top 8 to go to battle

At 2pm in Mendi is the game between the Mendi Muruks and Waghi Tumbe.

This is elimination final with the loser to bow out for the season.

The second elimination gets underway at 3pm at the National Sports Institute in Goroka between the home side Lahanis and the Mt Hagen Eagles.

The first qualifying final will go down in Lae when the Lae Tigers play host to Agmark Gurias.

This game kicks off at 3pm.

Also at 3pm is the second qualifying final in Kundiawa.

Here, the Hela Wigmen lock horns with the Simbu Lions.

Lae Tigers hold narrow lead in Digicel Cup

The Lae Tigers continue to hold top spot on the point’s ladder but only by a narrow point.

The same can be said for teams sitting second, third and fourth.

There could be a change in the top five this weekend in the race to the finals.

At 2pm, the Hela Wigmen (5th) takes on Agmark Gurias (4th) up in Mendi.

Also at 2pm is the showdown between last placed Gulf Isapea and Waghi Tumbe in Minj.

Tigers lead Digicel Cup after 15 rounds

Despite their 32-12 loss to the Hela Wigmen in Mendi last weeked, the Tigers are still on top but only narrowly by 1 point ahead of the second placed Simbu Lions on 21.

After big wins on Saturday, the Agmark Gurias sit in third spot on 20 points after they belted the Lions 34-6.  The Wigmen are trailing in fourth spot on 18 points.

The current ladder: Tigers- 22, Lions-21, Gurias-20, Wigmen-18, Mendi Muruks-18, Goroka Lahanis-16, Mt. Hagen Eagles-13, Waghi Tumbe-10, Port Moresby Vipers-10, Gulf Isapea-8.

Digicel round 15 with plenty of action

Starting at 12pm there will be a blockbuster with the Simbu Lions taking on the Agmark Gurias at the Kalabond Oval. This game will be a prelude to the SP PNG Hunters and Easts Tigers game later at 3pm.

All the action moves to the Highlands where the Hela Wigmen go up against the Lae Tigers in Mendi while the Wahgi Tumbe play host to the Port Moresby Vipers in Minj. Both games kick off at 2pm.

The National Sports Institute (NSI) is where the Goroka Lahanis clash with the Mendi Muruks at 3pm.

Tigers beat Lions in wet conditions

Tigers mauled Lions 20-10 and are leading the Digicel Cup race with 21 points to Lion's 20.

Tigers proved too strong for the Lions by holding a 16-0 lead at the break and continued dominating the match until the last 20 minutes when their defence appeared to relax.

Lions scooped two tries in the dying stages which at least  made their fans a little satisfied.

Tigers registered an unconverted try through winger Robert Vuia and extended the lead after 20 minutes through replacement forward Mogi Wei Jr scoring under the uprights.

Snax Tigers down Kemele Hela

Second rower David Loko and halfback Charlie Simon were standouts for the Tigers.

The match was a one-sided affair in the second stanza after a strong display of footy by both sides in the first half with scores tied at 6-4 in favour of the Tigers. 

Loko (pictured), a former PNG Hunters man, unleashed a man-of-the-match performance, showing much experience and leadership with hit ups, speed and offloads.

Simon scored two tries and booted all conversions and penalties.