Dobo Warriors win third on the trot in POMRFL


DOBO Warriors bagged their third-straight victory with a 12-10 upset win over Butterflies their A-Grade men’s clash in the Port Moresby Rugby Football League competition yesterday.
Following a 24-0 thrashing of Kone Tigers in round three, the Butterflies — under skipper Ronnie Seronte — were quick in attack in the opening half with Philip Gene Okul coming off the bench to score an unconverted try.
The Warriors responded shortly after through centre Shane Tine, but an unsuccessful conversion saw the scores locked at 4-4 at halftime.
A fiery contest in the second half saw the Warriors break through with winger Henry Jack and fullback Isiah Wawo scoring tries, but poor kicking saw failed conversions.
The Butterflies, with Aiden Koski at halfback, were able to gain territory in patches of the game with substitute King Paraia crossing over the line and converting his own try to trail 10-12.
The Warriors revived their attacking combinations in the last 10 minutes but poor execution in the backline saw them miss two try-scoring opportunities on their left edge with the game ending in favour of Dobo.
Warriors coach Bruce Au told The National that his side was not expecting a close game against the Butterflies for the round-four clash.
“It’s a good feeling to get this win because we knew they were coming off a big win from last week over the Tigers and we expected that it was going to be the same for us,” he said.