Port Moresby Vipers

Isou first loss

Vipers scored all their 28 points in the first half with tries to Manu Soli, William Tirang, John Stanley and Peter Mondo, Yunny Patrick kicked 4 goals from 5 attempts.

Isou's first points came from a converted try by Jerry Teme just before halftime.

After the break, Isou came out of the tunnel showing a lot of resilience in the 2nd half to score two tries in back to back fashion through Woods Kawage and Teme, while David Joseph’s 3 from 3 kick cut down the deficit by 10 points at 18-28 Vipers.

Vipers to boost Roster

After all the disappointments of not making it all the way to the top this year, the Port Moresby Vipers have regrouped and commenced preseason training 4 weeks ago.

While retaining bulk of his 2021 playing group, Head Coach Joe Sipa is looking to boost his roster with a number of new signings to add versatility and experience to the team.

Sipa said one of their offseason signings to date is current PNG Pukpuk Sevens maestro William Tirang who’s currently playing with Funeral Home Laumas in the Southern Super League elite competition.

Muruks failed to hold fort

This saw the favourites go down to the visitors, 6-0, in Lae during Digicel Cup’s round 11 clash.

Twelve minutes into the game and the Vipers registered their opening try.

Five-eighth Yunny Patrick successfully converted to ensure a 6-point lead.

The Muruks, who were caught by surprise, valiantly tried to return the favour but were held at bay by determined Vipers defenders.

Vipers 5th Win

Having the home crowed to their advantage, Gurias dominated the match in the first half, leading with 12 points, while Vipers strolled behind with 10.

In the second half, Vipers slithered their way back into the lead, with a new game plan, to force their way through the Gurias heavy defence.

The visitors then repositioned themselves well, and eventually scored two tries.

Gurias responded, but it wasn’t enough to reach the Vipers, who were comfortably sitting on 22 points.

At fulltime, the Gurias were trailing with 14 points.

Vipers Development Team

According to Vipers Coach, Joe Sipa, the development team is a pathway for young league players to venture into high tier competitions.

“The program is working well and to see young players in Port Moresby especially school boys take part in the development program is great. This is the way forward for us to identify and develop raw talents,” Sipa said.

After long discussions of having a development team in place, Port Moresby Vipers Franchise now has a development team for young and upcoming rugby league talents.

Vipers Fire Up

Sipa said the training is targeted at areas of improvement such as their deference and attack in the field.

After winning straight four matches on home turf in Port Moresby, Coach Sipa says the boys are working hard on their defense and attaching skills in preparations for the Gurias attack.

 “Training is mainly targeted at areas of improvement such as the defense and attached in the field,” said Sipa.

Joe who stepped in to coaching the Vipers in round six of the Digicel cup competition, saw the boys take out the last four wins under his leadership.

Vipers, Muruks clash end in tie

Disregarding their standing on the ladder, the Muruks came out physically to nearly upset the Vipers.

But a Supa George Fabian grubber ensured the scores were locked five minutes from full time.

It was a physical match from the go with both teams muscling up in defense.

But it was some brilliant running and dummying from Vipers halfback, Ate Bina Wabo, who opened the scoring.

The Muruks would respond 10 minutes later through some inside running from captain Jack Manda from a Leonard Alphonse pass.

Vipers defeat Lahanis in close encounter

Yesterday they defeated the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at the Oil Search National Football Stadium, 14 points to 10.

It was neck and neck through-out the first half of the game until Larsen Marabe scored the first for the 3rd-placed Vipers, just a couple of minutes before the half-time whistle. Benton Leme met Marabe halfway with a conversion.

Back into second half, the attacks and defense from both sides intensified, but not without a lot of ball handling errors as a fifth-placed Lahanis fought tooth and nail to get one over.

Isapea snap Vipers

Isapea were first on the board in the first half in the 25th minute when prop Bradley Yano bulldozed over to score.

Solomon Pokari had no trouble adding the extras to make it 6-0.

The Gulf boys extended the lead in the second half when winger John Horope dived over in the 51st minute.

Pokari made it two from two to put his side comfortably in front.

But the Vipers struck back just 8 minutes later through Brandan Gutono.

A successful conversion from Quintan Ragi made it 12-6.

Pom Vipers suffer second defeat on home soil

They were defeated by Snax Lae Tigers 28-10 in front of over 2000 supporters at the National Football Stadium on Sunday.

Vipers were the first to score five minutes into the game through Raymond Tia 4-0 after a missed conversion from Quintan Ragi.

It was a physical game spiced with bone-crushing tackles that had the supporters on their feet, cheering their favourite team on.

Tigers fought back to score their first try of the season six minutes later through right winger Butler Morris, who dived in to score a corner try.