Forwards commended


MENDI Muruks five-eighth Charlie Simon says he is happy with his forwards for their role in the 30-20 win over Gulf Isou in round six of the Digicel Cup in Port Moresby on Sunday.
The former SP Hunters playmaker was named man-of-the-match as he scored a try and set up three more to triumph over the hosts. Simon said after the game that he hoped to continue the winning spirit for the remainder of the season in the country’s premier rugby league competition.
“Our forwards laid the platform, and it made it easy for me and halfback Wesley Batari to orchestrate our attack,” Simon said.
“They (forwards) were solid especially in the second half when we needed them the most.
“Their input had a huge impact on how the game was played. I am happy with the win. I hope we can continue the momentum.”
The Petroleum Resources Kutubu-sponsored side have so far won four games and lost two to sit fourth on the ladder.
After losing to Rabaul Gurias 0-18 in round four, the Muruks have bounced back to record wins over Waghi Tumbe (18-12) and Isou.
Coach Roderick Puname was also pleased with his men’s performance. “We didn’t stick to our game plan in the first half, so we struggled a bit,” he said. “But I was pleased with the second-half performance especially from our forwards. The forwards contributed well to the win.”
The Muruks will host Goroka Lahanis at the Lae Rugby League Ground on Sunday.
The Bintangor-sponsored visitors thrashed Port Moresby Vipers 46-22 at the Sir Danny Leahy Oval last Sunday.