By KEITH PUARIA
PORT Moresby rugby’s second week at Bava posed a few questions early into the season with the threat of an already weakened premier competition looming.
High scorelines and only two competitive premier games out of five two weeks into the season has already racked up close to 400 points scored for.
An “unchecked” record breaking 107-0 thumping of newcomers Valley Hunters by current premiers Harlequins, a 31-7 bashing of LaSallians by a strong Wanderers on Saturday, and a forfeited premier match that gave University easy points over Royals yesterday brought to light, the consequences of an expanded competition.
While the La Sallians-Wanderers score did eventually blow out, the oval two game easily drew Bavas crowd, away from the crucifixion of Hunters on oval one.
Wanderers, boasting probably the best straight runners in the competition, launched their attack from kick off, raid after raid, to a slowly softened “LaSa” defensive.
‘Man-go-wild’ Branny Libe led the way for the maroon pack, throwing himself at the line at will for much needed yardage, ably supported by Aaron Miai, but it was speed that got the first points on the board, young star Jacob Wodo.
LaSallians scored just before halftime off a charge down from 10 minutes out, but that was it for the Dolos side.
Wanderers returned in the second to reign free, but only let themselves down, not finishing off their opportunities.
In yesterday’s oval two game, Brothers had to withstand an almost resurgent looking Kone Sharks outfit, before brushing them aside 48-14.
On oval one, Defence ran Chiefs rugged 48-24, for their win.
The excuse of ‘early days yet’ is almost dry now, with newcomers Valley Hunters, Royals and Kone Sharks already feeling the pinch.
While Kone and Hunters have suffered pretty hefty defeats, Royals have not played any of their games, with rumors already running that the club would have to pull out of the premier competition.