By BURI GABI
A TREMENDOUS fight back by inform Hekari Tarangau halted a more determined PRK Souths 24-16 to register vital points in round three of the Port Moresby rugby league competition at the Lloyd Robson Oval yesterday.
Inform Tarangau five-eighth Charles Onguglo, hooker Brian Apo and rising halfback Sodiac Auri, were at their best for the three weekends, to see their club lead the competition.
Although, they started the season at a slow pace, Souths were more determined to register their first victory, after suffering losses in their last two games.
But their losing woes continued with another upset.
Tarangau’s first half tries came from hard running prop forward Tony Keto and nippy halfback Nicky Balop, with the two extra points coming from Balop’s successful conversions from his own tries.
Souths failed to maintain their brick wall-defence in last 10 minutes of first half paving the way for Tarangau’s second rower Supa Kokote to bulldoze his way through to score right under the uprights making it easy for John Giru to collect two points, to lead 10-6 into the break.
Souths centres Felix Tangue, hooker Jonny Boy Toank and five-eighth Michael Kundi failed to shine in the second stanza as the warders’ Auri, started orchestrating the game with his big guns, Onguglo and Apo, continuously running rings around their opponents.
Souths halfback Isaac Anaga scored a solo try for his side in the second stanza with a successful conversion from Balop to see them take their lead to 16 points.
The warders ran riot with Auri crossing twice and Danny Emiabo also scoring right on full time as John Giru’s magic boots converted all of their second half tries to rally the scores 24-16.
Meanwhile, newcomers Kone Storms were no match for Maiari Eagles belting them 54-6, Royals edged Magani 18-16, Kavo West downed reigning premiers UMW Brothers and Paga Panthers defeated Hawks 10-8 in a tough encounter.
Butterflies downed Kone Tigers 26-12 and Defence pipped Dobo Warriors 13-12.