Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers

Premiers record first win

Wigmen beat Moni Plus NCDC Vipers 22-20 at the Santos National Football Stadium on Sunday.

After a horror start to their title defense, accounting for a draw and 3 disappointing losses, the 2022 premiers showed glimpses of what a quality side they can be on their day, after picking up their first win of the season at the expense of Vipers. 

After trading conservative sets in the opening exchanges, Vipers struck first in the 5th minute when big Stanton Albert burrowed his way over from close range, to put his team on the front foot 6-0.

Vipers too strong for Isou

With all the hype about their big offseason recruitment drive and the high expectations from fans, foundation club and the flagship of the nation’s capital, Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are starting to show their dominance and class in the Digicel Exxon Mobil Cup.

Vipers have recorded 3 wins out of 4 on the trot and look to continue their winning form in their pool matches.

Against Isou on Sunday, Vipers made no secret about what their game plan was, with a dominant opening first half that kept their opponents on the back foot for the entire contest.

Edene shines for Port Moresby Vipers

The former SP PNG Hunter was exceptional in kick returns, ball carries and was a constant threat for the Kroton Hela Wigen on their try-line.

Every-time he had his hands on the ball, the Vipers looks dangerous. He was hard to contain in most of the game which is a promising sign for the Port Moresby Team going further into the season.

Edene uses his experience, height, and speed to his advantage and was a shining light for the team that has been struggling to stake their claim as genuine title contenders in the recent years.

Vipers snatch the win from Wigmen

The much anticipated big showdown in Round 3 of the Digicel ExxonMobil Cup, was marred by a comedy of errors from both sides especially in the second half.

Wigmen's horror start to their title defense continued after conceding a late try to Gilmo Paul to deny them their first win of the season. Wigmen were leading 14-12 with 3 minutes to go.

The match started on a flyer with both teams getting through their sets in the opening quarter.

And then mistakes and ill-discipline got the better of both teams resulting in multiple stoppages by the match referee.

Gurias beat Vipers in Gutsy Win

The new look Vipers outfit were trailing 6-0 at halftime.

Despite flight delays and the long hours of waiting while on transit from Mt Hagen to Port Moresby after the Wabag game, the Gurias showed a lot resolve and resilience to hold out the Vipers early opening surge defensively.

Gurias spine was led by general Ase Boas, Karis Peter and Man of the Match, Nathan Tente who controlled the play well from the outset to get their attack going.

Kerowagi To Host Vipers

After the Kerowagi Coffee Cup select side successfully completed their three-match tour to Port Moresby last month, a return friendly is confirmed for Dickson oval in Kundiawa tomorrow.

The new partnership came about after the Kerowagi Coffee Cup tour to Port Moresby. Interestingly two players from the Kerowagi side namely, Kasi Gabriel (prop) and Timothy Andy (backrower) were scouted and included in the Vipers Academy side to play against their home side.

Chairman's Award

Patrick dedicated his award to his late father, who passed away in 2019. His father’s love of rugby league motivated Patrick to start playing league.

Playing five eight for the Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers, 24 year old Yunny Patrick joined the Vipers three years ago, after being with Gulf Isou for two.

Patrick grew up seeing his father being passionate about rugby league, and this motivated him to play league, after moving to Port Moresby.

Patrick’s father passed away in 2019. When he received his award, Patrick dedicated it to his late father.