Digicel Cup 2022

Muruks back on top

The game was the first of the Round 15 top of the table double header played in front of a capacity crowd at the Lae rugby league oval on Sunday.

It was a reality check and more so a positive outcome for the Roderick Puname coached side after they were ambushed by Gurias 28-20 in Kokopo last week.

For Wigmen' it was their first defeat after a 5 game winning streak but still maintain 3rd spot.

In the main game of the afternoon, Lae Snax Tigers under new coach Charlie Wabo held off a late fight back from the Agmark Gurias to come winners 14-12 at full time.

Top 4 Clash- Digicel Cup Preview

The tussle is between the top four heavyweights, Rabaul Gurias, Mendi Muruks, Hela Wigmen and Lae Snax Tigers, raring to hit the ground running in a round 15 blockbuster at the Lae Rugby League oval on Sunday.

Second placed Muruks, humbled by Gurias last week are looking to bounce back against 3rd placed and a fired up Wigmen currently in superb winning form at the moment will look to maintain form.

Wigmen prevail over Vipers

It was Wigmen‘s little livewire Tapie Solu jumping out of dummy half to put Wigmen in front first 6-0 before Vipers reciprocated with a freakiest corner try to left winger Kora Lega to equalize 6.

Wigmen again continued to dominate field position and this time the nippy Patrick Morea scored a trademark try from dummy half to put Wigmen back in front 12-6.

Gurias Captain Happy With Win

He said that despite a minor incident involving a few Muruks supporters during the match, everything ended peacefully at fulltime.

The former Goroka Lahanis enforcer and now Gurias skipper, Takai played a leading role in the win. 
He also thanked sponsors, families and fans for coming out to support the two teams who played in the true spirit of the game and ended successfully.

Gurias End Muruks Winning Streak

In the Round 14 of the Digicel Cup Competition, the top-of-table blockbuster had everything and lived up to expectations.

At halftime, Gurias led 6-4, after a closely contested first half.

The much-anticipated match of the round kicked off at a frantic pace with the visitors, Muruks going in first to score an unconverted try to take the lead 4-0, at 18 minutes into the first half.

Muruks with their noses in front kept up the pace of the game using their heavy forward pack to mount pressure on Gurias defense but to no avail.

Mioks go down fighting

After their narrow loss to 2nd place Agmark Rabaul Gurias in Kokopo last week, it was obvious from the outset the Mioks took a lot of confidence with them to match the aggression and energy of the star-studded Wigmen side.
 
The young Mioks outfit was led out by former Guria Stanley Olo at lock and Noel Joel, veteran dummy half and PNG Hunters number 9. Joel was clinical in his game management, manoeuvring his lighter mobile pack around the park and did well to hold out their heavier and experienced opponents especially at crucial stages of the match.

Top 4 Maintain Lead

Muruks lead with 22 points followed by Gurias and Wigmen with 20 points apiece. Reigning champions Tigers are on 17 points.

As intensity continues to build in the country's premier rugby league competition with only 4 more rounds left of the regular season, the Southern Highlands franchise, continued their current winning form with another dominant display over bottom placed Wamp Nga Mt.Hagen Eagles 36-8 in Lae yesterday.

After 13 rounds of competition the Roderick Puname coached side have kept a season's best record yet of 11 wins with only two losses.

Digicel Cup Resumes

The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) has had a two-week recess after Round 11 due to the polling period of the 2022 National General Elections. 

On Saturday, Round 12 matches will be played in Kimbe, Kokopo, and a double header in Port Moresby. The Minj games are being relocated to Port Moresby. 

Mixed Results In Digicel Cup Round 11

While favourites continued their winning ways, Port Moresby, Lae and Kimbe recorded mixed results.

In Port Moresby Central Dabaris again lived up to its name tag as “the entertainers” of the country’s premier national rugby league competition, after giving  JPG Waghi Tumbe a hiding on Saturday notching up 40 points to 18 at the Santos National Football stadium.

Digicel Cup To Take Two Weeks Off

 As per an amended competition draw, there won’t be any games for July 10th and 17th. This is to allow for players and officials to participate in the National General Election polling process.

The Round 12 competition resumes on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday 24th.

Meanwhile, Round 11 kicks off at 2pm on Saturday in Kokopo and Kimbe respectively, while Port Moresby and Lae will host double headers.

Gurias will play host to Goroka Lahanis at the Kalabond Oval and Kimbe Cutters play Port Moresby Vipers at the Kimbe Rugby League Oval.