Eagles clipped by Crocs

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The National, Monday June 24th, 2013


THERE is a Gulf saying borrowing a Toaripi word “Wai bai kasirau?” loosely translated means “why should there be nothing?” 

This has come to be the PRK Gulf Isapea catch-cry that explains the Digicel Cup rugby league side’s new attitude in 2013 .

At the rate the Crocodiles are going they are continuing to produce something for their supper, and the visiting Mt Hagen Wamp Nga Eagles became their latest victim going down to their more organised counterparts 32-16 at the Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby.

With the thought of being away for the next four matches, the win over the Western Highlanders sputs the Nigel Hukula-coached side on a good footing when they hit the road over the next four weeks. 

Hukula, not one for too many words was probably just happy that his fringe players are working themselves in well, following the suspension of several key players.

While there were no hair-raising moments for Hukula the only issue he may have would have to be in the discipline department, where several penalties in the second-half could have hurt them had it not been for their water-tight defence.

The Eagles basically shot-themselves in the foot with their poor finishing and direction, with ball-handling errors and wrong options dictating the final outcome.

The Hageners paid the price for essentially electing to use brawn rather than brains to win the game.