By JACK AMI
Southern Nines defending champions Aroma Coast Brothers got off to a good start with a 34-6 victory over the Kouderika Vipers at Bava Park yesterday.
The Vipers — from the Hiri local-level government area — were unable to hold out a rampant Brothers, who next face Kelekoupa in pool I today.
Fellow Aroma Coast side and tournament rookies Waira Vanua beat Ril Roadsiders 16-8 in pool J.
It was a step up from the local league along the coast but a young Waira Vanua outfit took it in their stride and frustrated the Roadsiders throughout the 18-minute showdown.
Waira Vanua established a commanding 12-4 lead at halftime and went on to notch their first victory of the tournament.
Winger Morea Timo scored a hat-trick of tries and captain Amsy Vagi bagged one, with Navu Nope converting two goals from three attempts.
Ril Roadsiders scored through Maena Rogea and veteran Davis Mea.
Meanwhile, North Dingos Green humiliated Boera Sailors 32-0 to sound out an early warning to other teams that they were determined to make the playoffs later this week.
Results: MBB Marlins 14 Geita Eagles 14, Velerupu Repavarai Warriors 0 Urita Hogeta Seagulls 0, KYC Panthers 18 Taurama Waves 16, North Dingos Green 32 Boera Sailors 0, Benpro Rebels 22 EA Froggies 8, Egala’auna Brothers 20 Stripling Warriors 4, Vula’a Nauna 18 Baruni Limestones 12, Poreporena City Dogs 14 Kelekapana Lemoko 8, Miro Koivi 24 Western Balas 6, Maopakala Hobbys 20 North Dingos Gold 12, Bogi Dogs 14 Pelegai Ipakele 12, Lako Development 16 Buria Reds 10, Waiori Waidex Blues 24 Davage Sharks 8, Koita Cowboys 6 Bips Patu One 4, Wanigela Kavela 4 Baruni Seals 4, Western Flyers 14 Kelekoupa 12, Aroma Coast Brothers 34 Kouderika Vipers 6, Erima Laumas 10 Bips Patu Two 4, Keagolo Gu Bois 10 Seligele Eels 4, Waidex Gold 6 Kelerakwa Breeds 4, Tatana Island Manlit 10 Gereka Huala 8, North West Falcons 10 Gaivakala Eagles 6, Mahuru Eagles 12 Porebada Malagana 10, Trail Storms 12 Magelo Brothers 4, Alotau Razorbacks 18 Gabagaba JB Lights 18, Papa Swans 14 Waro Pegala Brothers 6.
Fixtures: Today – Tatana Island Manlit v Gaivakala Eagles, Gereka Huala v North West Falcons, Mahuru Eagles v Trail Storms v Porebada Malagana v Magelo Brothers, PO Alotau Razorbacks v Papa Swans, Gabagaba JB Lights v Waro Pegala Brothers, Western Flyers v Kouderika Vipers, Kelekoupa v Aroma Coast Brothers, MBB Marlins v Waira Vanua, Geita Eagles v Ril Roadsiders, Bips Patu Two v Lako, Erima Laumas v Fly Eagles, Seligele Eels v Waidex Gold, Keagolo Gu Bois v Kelerakwa Breeds, North Dingos Gold v Bogi Dogs, Maopakala Hobbys v Pelagai Ipakeke, Buria Reds v Waiori Waidex Blues, Lako Development v Davage Sharks, Bips Patu One v Wanigela Kavela, Koita Cowboys v Baruni Seals, Spidertek Pirates v Mailu Sharks, Imila Mountain Rangers v Keakalo Malagana, Velerupu Repavarai Warriors v KYC Brothers, Uritai Hogeta Sagulls v Taurama Waves, North Dingos Green v Benpro Rebels, Boera Sailors v EA Froggies, Egala’auna Brothers v Baruni Limestones, Stripling Warriors v Vula’a Nauna, Poreporena City Dogs v Western Balas, Kelekapana Lemoko v Miro Koivi.
By JACK AMI