UMW Brothers have secured a grand final date with glamour club KAL Magani after defeating Butterflies yesterday at the Lloyd Robson oval 16-10 in the Port Moresby Rugby League semi final.
The brethren’s victory was hard-earned with hardworking centre and former Wari Vele Raiders three-quarter Wilfred Henry, Swokin Magani, Steven Gunua and Sape Jobbi putting in gritty performances to give their team the edge.
Through a more coordinated game plan Brothers fullback Eric Silovo crossed the line in the 26th minute after a set backline move paid off.
That was the only try in the first half as both sets of forwards muscled up on defence ensuring a low scoring affair.
The error count from both sides contributed to the stop-start momentum.
The second stanza went down to the wire as the two sides came out firing.
Brother’s centre Steven Gunua scored the second try eight minutes into the second half through a clean break to touch down under the uprights as Henry collected the two points.
Brothers were on the roll again this time sending lock forward Zacher Simbai to score the third try and with a successful conversion from Henry, Brothers seemed to have the upper hand at that stage.
Butterflies replied with a try to Larry Kuria in the 67th minute to crack the egg , however, the sideline conversion by Jeffery Benny failed to sail through the uprights.
With the momentum going their way, Butterflies continued their raids into Brothers territory resulting in fullback Enock Iori latching on the timely pass from five eight Hasu Ketauo to score under the uprights.
But it was a little too late in the end for the Butterflies as the clock ended their season.
Brothers will now face Magani next Saturday for POMRL’s top honours.