round one


New Zealand v Canada

New Zealand and Canada began proceedings, and while Kiwi Ferns dominance would not have been surprising to the neutral, the fight and determination that Canada showed was nothing short of inspirational.

They trailed just 16-4 at half-time against a team with various World Cup’s under their best, showcasing what they can do despite the side only being formed in recent times.

The Canadian team has a Rugby Union background, and their ability to adapt to the 13-a-side (on the field) game was very pleasing for coach Mike Castle.

Round one of Hiri Cup completed

At oval one in the U19 men’s division:  Avurigo def. Mirigini 10-0, Lahara def. Laurabada 3-0.

On to the U23 men’s, Avurigo def. Mirigini 17-7 and Laurabada def. Lahara 9-5.

For the women’s games, Avurigo def. Mirigini 58-0 and Lahara def. Laurabada 20-5.

Lastly, in the Open Men’s division, Mirigini def. Avurigo 22-19 and Laurabada def. Lahara 18-10 at oval two.

Round two of the Hiri Cup Challenge is set for June 10.

Round one of Digicel Cup completed

In the opening match of the season yesterday in Port Moresby, the Hela Wigmen beat PRK Mendi Muruks 20-12.

To the matches today, the reigning premiers Snax Tigers def. Agmark Rabaul Gurias 40-0 in Lae, Mioks def. NCDC Vipers 16-10 in Wabag and Goroka Lahanis def. Waghi Tumbe 35-16 in Goroka.