Lae Snax Tigers

New Tigers outfit anticipated

Coach Stanley Tepend is looking at recruiting new players from this week’s Snax Nines tournament.

Lae city will be hosting the 2020 Snax 9s tournament starting Thursday, the 17th of December.

Speaking at a press conference, the Tigers coach said the franchise will be looking at scouting out new talents for the team during the event.

Lae Tigers ultimate 2019 winners

The Tigers were the better side this afternoon in Port Moresby, controlling the match from start to finish.

The Tigers were the first to post points with Kafare Amos running through traffic to score his first for a 4 – 0 lead.

The score would remain till the break with both teams showing determination in defense despite good attacking raids.

The Wigmen started the second half strongly and it was not long before tryscoring machine Gilmo Paul took on three Tigers players to level the scores at 4 – 4 .

Aviators continuing to improve

In their first encounter with the Lae Snax Tigers last year, the Aviators were trounced 40-4 at Lawaqa Park, Singatoka, Fiji.

At the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby yesterday, the Fijians were right in the contest until the final whistle, going down 38-22.

“It was very physical. We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said captain, Josateki Sovau.

“We came with a very young side and that’s a gain for us because we were exposed to international level and hopefully, we can come back stronger in the next few years and win the Cup.”

Tigers boosted by win

Stanley Tepend’s men were tested by the Nadi Aviators yesterday, but held on to win back-to-back titles.

“The Aviators really did their homework. They really put it to us and it was a much improved performance.

“Credit to the Aviators. They came here with a better side and better game plan,” said Tigers' coach Tepend.

Tepend said he was proud of his team’s performance.

“I’m very happy with the win. We needed this hit up. It answered some questions that we had, especially in our key positions.

Tigers roar

The Tigers were on the board inside the first ten minutes through fullback Joe Joshua.

The visitors registered their first points when they opted to kick for goal.

They soon found the try line just minutes later when Sikeli Qauqau reached over to slam the ball down.

A successful conversion put the Aviators in front by four points.

But they let the Tigers back in when lazy defence allowed Mafu Kales to sneak in a four pointer.

Tigers make time for Cheshire Home children

The players with the coach and officials took the time to sit with the children and share goodie bags containing food, drinks and Tigers merchandise. 

Inclusive Education Program Coordinator, Suemylee Uriah, said it really meant a lot to the 108 children of Cheshire Inclusive School.

“We only see these players on TV, so for the children here to actually meet them is a really big thing.

“It will motivate them and make them see that commitment and discipline will take them places and give them the belief that they too can be whatever they want to be.”

Super 9s into final day

There are 16 teams taking part in the two tournament, which is being played at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.

The quarter-finals for the 9s challenge will start at 12pm today. The Plate grand final will be played at 2pm followed by the Cup division at 2:30pm.

The presentation will be held straight after.

TV Wan Action to broadcast international double header

These two games will mark the official start to our PNG Rugby League season.

Our two champion teams – Digicel Cup premiers Lae Snax Tigers and Queensland Intrust Super Cup premiers SP PNG Hunters - begin their defence against quality opposition.

In a statement, PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau explained that both games are equal in status with the first game between the Tigers and Nadi Aviators not dubbed as a curtain raiser but the first of the international double header for the day.

Tigers to meet Aviators in February

The two sides met earlier this year in February, and it was the Tigers who won convincingly, handing the Aviators a 40-4 beating at Lawaqa Park, Singatoka, Fiji.

The 2018 Melanesian Cup Challenge will be played in Port Moresby in February.

The Agmark Gurias were the first team to win the Melanesian Cup Challenge, thumping the Sabeto Roosters 42-2 in Port Moresby back in 2015 when the concept was first introduced. 

​Simon to captain PNG PM’s XIII

Simon’s appointment as captain of the team was announced this morning at a press conference in Port Moresby.

Present was Vice Sports Minister Wesley Raminai, the PNG Rugby Football League and naming rights sponsor – National Gaming Control Board.

Simon has led the Tigers to claim four consecutive minor premierships and has won two grand finals with the Tigers.

The Lae Snax Tigers halfback said it was an honour to be named captain.

“I don’t have much to say. Our actions will speak on the field.