Defence withstand West pressure to grind out victory

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DEFENCE withstood pressure from West to win 8-6 in round 14 of the Port Moresby Rugby League men’s division at the National Football Stadium on Sunday.
It was anybody’s game but Defence, with their troops on high alert, were able to hold out their opponents until fulltime.
West only had themselves to blame as their options and executions were not up to scratch. A number of dropped balls also denied West of any opportunities to snatch the match.
The Gulf side led 6-4 at the break with a try to Judah Riubu. Londan Misok made sure of the conversion.
Defence’s first-half points came from Danny Koloma’s try out wide.
In the second half, Defence were rewarded with a try to Wesley Kelly to lead 8-6.
Following Kelly’s unconverted try, both sides stepped up their defence but were poor in ball security.
West had most of the possession but their attack was met with some brutal defence.
The Gulf side’s biggest problem on the day was discipline. They also lacked a leader on the park to direct their troops.
Meanwhile, Defence have reorganised this season and are playing well in the National Capital District’s premier rugby league competition.
Both may not make the top eight but are out to give the competition frontrunners such as Royals a good run for their money.
Men’s results: Royals 16 Magani 10, Hawks 10 Hohola Flies 8, Brothers 18 Paga Panthers 2, Taranagau 10 Souths 6.
Women’s results: Royal 26 Magani 0, Hohola Flies 38 Hawks 4, Tarangau 8 Souths 6, Sisters 10 Paga Panthers 4, Kone Tigers 24 Dobo Warriors 8.

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