Brothers claim Tabubil league premiership

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HASTINGS Deering Brothers have claimed the 2010 premiership in Tabubil rugby league after defeating Adiyap United 12-10.
It was a tight encounter but match referee Luxie Metta, ensured the game was under control.
The game was forced into extra time after United came from behind to force a 10-10 draw with five minutes remaining to regulation time.
But Junior Wanjiman, who was later named man-of-the-match, slotted a penalty kick from 30m out to give Brothers a 12-10 victory.
Brothers were the first to score when Israel Lingham ran through several defenders to score on the far right-hand corner, to lead 4-0. In the 36th minute, Patrick Wuk slipped the Brothers’ defence to score a converted try to lead 6-4.
In the second half, Brothers’ forwards Peter Naipao, Rex Manda, Junior Tomba, James Yole and skipper Ray Roberts continued their raids in their opponents’ territory, resulting in Ben Apa, who came of the bench setting up five-eighth Stanley Lingham to score under the uprights.
With Brothers leading 10-6, United Joel Poia scored a try which was disallowed. Metta had ruled that he had fumbled the ball.
However, on the 75th minute a quick play-the-ball, by United saw Poia crossing over for a four-pointer to level the scores 10-10 forcing the game into extra time.
Both sides were up to the task but it was in the 84th minute when United were caught for interfering with the ball.