Digicel Cup Finals 2021

Tumbe in nail-biter

The big showdown however went beyond the 80 minutes of regular time when both teams were tied up 18 all at fulltime.

After the 18-all deadlock at fulltime, the PNG National Rugby league Competition under International Rugby League rules had to use provisions in its competition rules to allow for the minor semifinal playoff between Tumbe and Wigmen to continue into extra time to decide the ultimate winner.

The much anticipated do or die blockbuster had everything and played in true finals spirits that had its share of ugly moments with tempers flaring on the field.

Tigers 5th GF Appearance

The formidable Lax Snax Tigers will regroup and prepare for the Digicel Cup Grand Final.

The showdown will kick off in two weeks’ time. Coach Stanley Tepend says they will focus on strengthening the weak areas in their performance, which they picked up while playing the PRK Mendi Muruks in the major semi-final round yesterday.

“A win and a week off is good for the players. This will only mean we go back and iron out areas that we feel is enough to get us through the finals. We are very confident and just waiting to play the winner of Muruks and Tumbe,” said Tepend.

Outstanding Performance Pays

Wamdi was awarded the man of the match against the Rabaul Gurias in the elimination round on Sunday in Port Moresby and the previous weekend. His exceptional performance for the Tumbes earned him these awards.

He was grateful for the opportunity and thanked his teammates for the infield support.

As the man of the match of the elimination round Wamdi said: “I want to thank the sponsors, PNGNRL, PNGNRLC, my family and supporters who are always there to cheer me up. If it was not for my team and how well we played, this would have not been possible.

Tigers welcome rest

The top two teams – Lae Snax Tigers and PRK Mendi Muruks – will be on bye for the final playoffs this weekend.

Coach Stanley Tepend said the week’s break gives them time to get their bodies rested, especially the players carrying injuries.

“At this stage we know we’re playing the Muruks so we will go as underdogs as they beat us two weeks ago,” he stated.

“They were unlucky against the Vipers on Sunday but I know they will want to bounce back against us.

“Muruks are a good side with strike players everywhere.”