By BURI GABI
MABEY and Johnson Butterflies flew over Kavo West to claim the Port Moresby Rugby League pre-season Nines Cup yesterday with a convincing 24-8 victory.
Butterflies captain Benjamin John played an enterprising football yesterday in the finals show down to clinch a victory for his team.
John, who just returned from the PNG rugby union sevens duties last week carried his rugby union experience into the Butterflies’ charge to take his side to the finals.
He had his magic fingers on almost all the Butterflies’ tries.
Butterflies captain David Kehai commended John for his tireless efforts to steer his team to a commanding victory against the young West outfit led by their two-try hero John Miri.
It is all about defence and playing the basics right for the victorious Butterflies who maintained their discipline on the field through to the finals.
Kehai also had huge praise for Slyvester Nuabo and Stanely Torato who played a blinder for the victorious Butterflies.
Butterflies also had a positive finals run in the Cup playoffs defeating Defence in the qualifying round with a hard-earned 4-0 victory over much beefed up Defence led by another IRB sevens representative Lawrance Kuso Jr.
Tournament favourites and newcomers into Port Moresby rugby league competition, Kone Storms, played a highly graded type of footy by demolishing Butterflies Two with an imposing 54-4 victory to claim the Plate.
The standard of football that was put on show by Storms was entertaining and they likely to become one of the hottest teams in the competition this season.
In the Bowl category, Rovanama from Aroma, served the best for the last by defeating luckless Hanuabada Hawks 20-10 in the finals showdown.