Lae Snax Tigers

Will it be the Gurias or Tigers?

It will be the four time minor premiers from Lae up against the Rabaul boys who are playing in their fourth consecutive grand final.

“We’re not going to change much in our game plan. Preparation is key. We just need to work on our preparation leading into the game,” said Tigers coach, Stanley Tepend.

Both sides met in last year’s grand final with the Tigers edging out the Gurias 14-8 in a thriller. Expect no less tomorrow.

Win resembled Tigers 2017 season: Coach

His comments follow the major semi-final match over the weekend.

“It’s been a good effort by everybody. We’ve had injuries and a lot of things that went against us. We had three loses in a row for one patch of the season.

“Credit to the Gurias but our boys stuck it out for the 80 minutes. It was a really big effort by them,” said Tepend.

Tepend added winning the minor premiership this season was an added bonus for the Tigers.

Tigers through to grand final

The reigning premiers put the pressure on the Gurias right from the kick off after forcing an error.

The first points of the major semi-final went to Tigers five-eighth Edwin Ipape, who sliced through the defence to score in the 3rd minute.

The Tigers continued to apply pressure and found the try line again in the 15-minute mark when an inside ball floated to a flying Enoch Sine, allowing him to cross over.

The Gurias were able to weather the storm and found their rhythm in the back end of the first half.

Round seven: Wins to Mioks, Tumbe, Gurias and Tigers

In Port Moresby on Saturday, Mioks defeated Kroton Hela Wigmen 24-4.

In today’s matches:

Waghi Tumbe defeated NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 34-18 in Minj.

Gurias took out PRK Mendi Muruks 18-4 in Kokopo.

While, Tigers beat Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 20-18 in Goroka.

Tigers still undefeated

In Minj, the Wigmen def. Waghi Tumbe 22-12 while in Goroka, the Lahanis def. EPG Enga Mioks 38-14.

To the game in Lae, the Tigers def. PRK Mendi Muruks 16-4.

Across to Kokopo, the Gurias def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 22-14.

​Tigers still leading

The Tigers are sitting on top of the competition points ladder on eight points after their 14-8 win over EPG Enga Mioks on Sunday.

The PRK Mendi Muruks are in second place, having lost only one game to the Kroton Hela Wigmen back in round one.

The Mioks and Waghi Tumbe have only registered one win this season, while the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are still winless.

The current standings:

Tigers on top

Stanley Tepend’s men opened their season with a 40-0 thumping of the Agmark Rabaul Gurias at home in Lae.

Round two of the competition saw the Tigers hold on to beat a gutsy Kroton Hela Wigmen side 20-16 yesterday at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

Meanwhile, six other teams are all tied on two points with points for and against separating them.

The NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are the only team yet to register a win.

The current standings after two rounds:

Tigers edge out Wigmen

The Tigers raced away to 16-0 lead with tries from Pasu Awane, Enoch Sine and Robert Vuia.

The Tigers continued to dominate possession while the Wigmen struggled to keep up with a fast paced attack.

After managing to muscle up in their defence, the Wigmen finally found their rhythm and got on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute, after Steven Mark sliced through the defence to run away and score under the posts.

A successful conversion from five eighth William Mone brought the score to 16-6, which was the score at the break.

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An elated Coach Stanley Tepend said the teams win must be credited to the team’s play structure, both in defence and in attack on the field during the 80 minutes encounter.

Tepend in recounting the team’s performance said the team had stuck in the first 10 minutes of the first half, however, came back strong settling with three converted tries to lead at 18 points at half time.

He said the Aviators had been strong in defence against the Tigers in the first half but could not maintain the grip in the remaining minutes of the game.