The National, Friday 10th May 2013
AFTER four rounds of the Digicel Cup rugby league, the Simbu Lions are winless and without a competition point.
They face another daunting task against their brothers from up the Highlands Highway, the Mt Hagen Eagles, on Sunday.
The only saving grace, it is a home game, and Dickson Oval, in Kundiawa, could be the place where they kick start their 2013 season with a victory to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
Coach Hans Kaybing got his men close to their first win last week against the Gulf Isapea when the men from Chimbu lost 32-28.
The Lions will need some of that competitive mojo against an Eagles side that is starting to hit its straps.
Halfback, and the only real name in the Lions, Willy Guambo will be relied on as the lead playmaker and will be backed by No 6 Supa Takai but their pack must lay a platform.
The Eagles enter the fray with the momentum having a 2-1-1 record so far for their five points.
They beat the visiting Hela Wigmen 24-10 in Mt Hagen last round and should account for Gerarad Philip’s franchise without too much difficulty.
Kumul and captain Jason Tali leads a side that has put solid performances together and no doubt see the Lions as a team they should beat.