The National, Tuesday October 20th, 2015
By JACK AMI
PORT Moresby Rugby League competition trailblazers Hohola Flies beat Defence 26-14 in their round 26 match at Murray Barracks Oval yesterday.
Flies maintained the fourth spot with Butterflies while Defence dropped out of the top eight after the completion of the regular season.
The Hohola side scored five tries and converted three, while the home side managed two converted tries and a penalty goal.
Centre Jack Manda broke the line in the first quarter to score the opening try while his captain Jezreel Roy added another try soon after and Junior Arova slotted both for a 12-0 lead.
Defence fullback Dickson Amean kicked a penalty that saw his side trail 12-2 at halftime.
In the second half, the Flies scored through Tamo Andrew and Arova converted for an 18-2 lead.
Defence finally got their attacking game right, scoring through lock Ila Alu near the uprights and Amean potted the goal to trail 18-8.
Flies’ Manda put the game beyond reach at 22-8.
Defence crossed again through Alu but this was more a consolation than a threat to the Flies.
The Flies drove the final nail into the Defence casket when reserve Barnabas Andrew scored an unconverted try a minute before the siren for the 26-14 win. The Flies having fought their way into the top four, are a genuine threat for the title.