The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) has announced the format in which the finals of the 2019 Digicel Cup will be played starting this weekend.
Manager of the PNGNRLC Mr. Stanley Hondina says, due to the competition expanding to have 12 franchises this season, the top six finals format adopted from the Queensland Rugby League Intrust Super Cup (QRL ISC) will be used.
The top six teams to play in the 2019 Digicel Cup Finals Series include; the minor premiers, Lae Snax Tigers, Jiwaka Provincial Government (JPG) Whagi Tumbe, Agmark Rabaul Gurias, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, Wamp Nga Mt. Hagen Eagles and the Kroton Hela Wigmen.
Hondina says, using the QRL ISC top six finals format, the top two (2) teams on bye this weekend as the finals kick off with the eliminations to also commence this Sunday as the third place Agmark Rabaul Gurias take on sixth placed Kroton Hela Wigmen in the first match of the day, while the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis who are on the fourth spot take on the fifth placed Wamp Nga Hagen Eagles.
The losers following these two matches on Sunday 18th August at the Oil Search National Football Stadium will bow out of the competition.
The PNGNRLC Manager says, week two of the finals will see the major semifinal (Game 3) between the Tigers and Whagi Tumbe with the winner advancing to the grand final while the minor semifinal (Game 4) will be played against the winners of Game 1 and Game 2.
The preliminary final scheduled for the 1st of September will see the loser of Game 3 take on the winner of Game 4.
The winner of the preliminary final will go head to head with the winner of Game 3 between the Tigers and the Tumbe in the Grand final on September 8th.
Hondina adds, in the event that there is a draw at the end of the regular 80 minutes, extra time of 5 minutes way will be played. The golden point rule will be applied to determine the winner if the scores are still tied at the end of the extra time.
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