Lions win battle of the big cats

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The National, Monday June 24th, 2013

 THEY couldn’t even muster a purr in a disappointing Digicel Cup first-round…but now the pride of Chimbu is beginning to show some fight by recording rare back-to-back wins at the Dickson Oval.

Last weekend they clipped the Enga Mioks and to ensure that wasn’t a fluke they snared a major catch in the Snax Tigers of Lae to win 18-10 yesterday.

From the Lions den, franchise owner Gerard Philip has been laying down the law on his charges with numerous sackings and inclusions to set a high standard on player discipline.

That seems to be having the desired effecct especially for lynchpin in Willy Guambo, who singlehandedly put the brakes on the Tigers winning run with another man of the match performance.

Guambo finished the match with 10 points that included two field-goals. He also landed two penalties and two conversions. 

The Lions managed two tries to prolific try-scorer Ben Wemin in the first-half and then Mathew Puke in the second-half. 

Meanwhile, in Mendi, the Mioks bounced back to inflict a 28-22 win over a injury-hit Mendi Muruks at the Joe Keviame Oval.

Muruks missed experienced Wesley Benny out on suspension.