Lae Tigers claim 6th minor title in competition


LAE Tigers recorded their 6th minor premiership in Papua New Guinea’s premier rugby league competition, thanks in part to Port Moresby Vipers’ win over Mendi Muruks.
Following a dominant showing for nine-straight weekends, the Lae Biscuit Company-sponsored side’s early form pushed them to retake the lead at the end of the normal rounds, bagging nine wins and two loss ahead of their nearest rivals on points differential.
It has been a tough and short season amid setbacks over the Coronavirus pandemic, but they have continue to maintain a high standard.
“It has been a tough season with teams peaking at the right time so you can see from how tight it was with the top-three teams all on 18 points,’’ Tigers coach Stanley Tepend said.
The Tigers had a week off to recuperate for Sunday’s major semifinal against Mendi Muruks.
“The break gives us time to get bodies rested especially for players with injuries,” Tepend said.
“We know we are playing the Muruks so we will go in as underdogs because they beat us two weeks ago.
“They were unlucky against the Vipers but I know they will want to bounce back against us.
“The Muruks are a good side with strike players everywhere.”
The Tigers remain in contention for their fourth premiership.
Tepend thanked franchise owner Lae Biscuit Company and sponsors Classics Engineering, Hawk Eye Security, Wenett Construction, Prima Smallgoods, Seeto Kui, Raumai 18 and Lae City Authority for their continued support.