By Emmanuel Eralia
The mighty PRK Mendi Muruks have taken this year’s Digicel Cup competition by storm as they plotted 6/7 wins to sit on the second position. This is a great improvement compared to the past 6 seasons.
They are playing a more structured football and scoring good tries from set plays. If you are able to watch the highlight of their match against the Dabaris, you would see that.
Head Coach Rodrick Puname is a strict man of discipline; always promote young players and emphasis on a more structured way of playing. This is having a positive impact so far on the team.
MENDI Muruks kicked off their season with a 16-12 win over Enga Mioks in round one of the Digicel Cup at the Lae Rugby League Ground on Sunday.Played behind closed doors due to the semi-professional competition’s Covid-19 measures, the match was slow and riddled with errors as both sides struggled to gain the ascendency.The Muruks opened the scoring with an unconverted try through Abraham Wallace before Yaweye Dikala added another four-pointer to push his side out to an 8-0 lead.But refusing to back down, the Mioks pack forced the match into an arm-wrestle and were reward with an unconverted Owen Walis try off a penalty.
By Michael Philip
It was without any notice but the young gun Five-Eight from Tavui in East New Britain Province, Wesley Batari slightly join the Southern Highlands Franchise Team, The Mendi Muruks two weeks ago for the start of the 2020 Digicel Cup campaign.
The decision by the young five-eight was the only option for him to venture into his Rugby League Career as a young rising star Five-Eight. Batari who played for the Gurias last year wearing the number 6 Jersy alongside his half-back Who is also now leading the rampaging Hela Wigmen, Solomon Pokare. Last year Batari was spotted by the PNGNRL and was put on a spotlight for his chance to join the Hunters and The PNG Kumuls due to its own style of playing rugby.
LAE Snax Tigers coach Stanley Tepend says he was relieved that his side managed to grind out an 18-10 win over the Petroleum Resources Kutubu-backed Mendi Muruks on Sunday.
“We’re pretty relieved to get that win,” Tepend said yesterday.
“It’s not like we haven’t been trying hard this season. The boys have put in the effort but the results just haven’t been coming. We’ve played well but have lost in some games so it was great to finally get a win.”
Tepend said aside from form and confidence issues, especially early on, the side had also been effect by having a different halves combinations over the last four rounds.
“One thing that’s really had an effect on our game this season has been the constant changes in the halves department.
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