round 12

Tough tests line up in DigicelExxonMobil Cup

Today Kimbe Cutters hosted Lae Snax Tigers in Kimbe while the inaugural Legacy Cup was is between ENB Agmark Gurias and EMK Sepik Pride at Pora oval Wewak.

The Santos National Football Stadium will host an all Moresby affair tomorrow kicking off with the lackluster Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers against Gas Resources Central Dabaris.

Last week Dabaris were only seconds away from causing a big upset over reigning premiers Kroton Hela Wigmen but the class and experience of Wigmen prevailed in the end and had to settle for a draw, 16-all at fulltime. 

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. 

PNG Hunters Vs Wynnum-Manly Seagulls Match Preview

Saturday’s match is a good opportunity to bounce back for the Hunters, who were ambushed by a lively Ipswich Jets outfit at home last weekend.

The Jets played to the slippery conditions expertly while the Hunters were off their game and will be looking for a response in Round 14 against last year’s grand finalists.

The positive from that game against the Jets was the successful return from injury for Ila Alu, who again settles for a bench role this week, as he works his way back into the side.

PNG Hunters vs Northern Pride Round 12 Preview

Sunday’s clash is an important game for both sides, who currently sit equal on the ladder with three wins apiece so far this season.

With the pointy end of the year approaching, the two points on offer in Round 12 are invaluable as the Hunters and Pride both chase a coveted finals berth.


Brown stars as Eels overpower Raiders in absorbing win

Brown crossed for a 65th minute effort to give the Eels an eight-point lead late and was well supported by former Raiders junior Bailey Simonsson, who came back to haunt his old side with his own double in the victory. 


Dragons spoil Belmore return in high-scoring thriller

The Dragons skipped out to a 16-6 lead in the first half but two Bulldogs tries after the break brought the strong Belmore crowd back into the game as the home side stole the lead.

However, crucial errors after points helped the Red V get back on track with tries to Zac Lomax and Andrew McCullough enabling the visitors to go up by 10 with a quarter of the game remaining. 

Canterbury hit back to get within four through Aaron Schoupp but a costly error from Englishman Luke Thompson killed off any momentum the Bulldogs had late.

Raiders v Eels: Croker out, Fogarty in; Blake returns

The 32-12 victory was Canberra's third on the trot, lifting them to ninth on the ladder, outside the eight only on points differential.

Parramatta had to dig deep to get the better of Manly in a tight struggle at CommBank Stadium, coming back from 20-10 down to register their seventh win of the season.

The Raiders are traditionally tough to beat at home on a Sunday afternoon and they'll be hoping for a huge crowd to make life uncomfortable for Brad Arthur's men.

Bulldogs v Dragons: Addo-Carr good to go; McCullough returns

In the last four meetings between these sides the Bulldogs have come away with two wins, including a thumping 28-6 victory at Accor Stadium in round 14 last year when Luke Thompson and Josh Jackson ran riot through the middle.

The forwards will again hold the key if Canterbury are to turn their fortunes around and hand interim coach Mick Potter his first victory on what is sure to be an emotional day back at Belmore Sports Ground.

Tedesco supreme as Roosters take down Sharks

Tedesco tuned up for Origin One with a dazzling display which included a try, two try assists, nine tackle breaks and 242 running metres.

The Roosters had the early ascendancy thanks to a Daniel Tupou try in just the fourth minute after Drew Hutchison took the odds to running on the last tackle and found his winger with a crafty offload.

Come the 21st minute and Tupou had his second of the night and 125th of his career after Luke Keary and Tedesco combined from a scrumbase play to give the winger a saloon passage to the line.

Knights come from behind to down Warriors

Making just his second appearance for the Knights, Milford had a hand in three of Newcastle's four tries as they overcame an early 12-0 deficit to snatch just their second win in 10 weeks.