No violence in rugby, reminds NRLC

The PNG National Rugby League as well as the Rugby Football League have a zero-tolerance policy on violence.

This was reiterated by the NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, recently.

The reminder on the zero-tolerance policy follows the suspension of Digicel Cup games at the John Ambane Oval in Minj, Jiwaka Province.

Spectator violence during the Round 12 match between Waghi Tumbe and Enga Mioks has resulted in a suspension for the rest of the 2018 season.

“Violence is a thing of the past. Yes, it was associated with this game for a long time but with the systems we’ve set in place, with the processes that we have encumbered on, we’ve gotten rid of violent elements,” Hondina stated.

“All home games in Minj have been taken off. In effect it affects the Chimbu Warriors and Waghi Tumbe; they are the teams that play their home games out of Minj.”

As a result, the two teams will now be playing the rest of their games away.

Furthermore, because of the suspension, Eastern Highlands will now be hosting a double header this weekend, which is rare for the region.

The Waghi Tumbe will challenge the Chimbu Warriors while the Lahanis will face off against the Gurias on Sunday.

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Carmella Gware