Stanley Tepend

PNG U23 Residents triumphant

The score was 18-12 when the hooter went off.

The home team claimed victory in the inaugural PNG Residents match, but not without a few minor hiccups.

Winning coach Stanley Tepend admitted to a slow start with a few errors, but credited the PNG boys for a great win.

The first try of the match was from the visiting team when Owen Blaire intercepted a pass and sped 70 metres to give his team an advantage in the first half.

Around 14 minutes later and a burly Muku Peter Kalu shrugs off a defender for PNG’s first try of the match.

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.

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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.