The National, Thursday 25th April 2013
By FRANKIY KAPIN
THE ‘Kalabon Graveyard’ is poised to bury another victim when the Agmark Rabaul Gurias take on the Lae Snax Tigers at home in round three of the Digicel Cup this weekend.
The Gurias started an impressive 2013 season, downing 2012 runner-up Mendi Muruks before crunching the Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers 18-6 in the capital city last week.
The teams go head-to-head level with back-to-back wins in what should be a cracker of a game, die-hard Gurias fans and former national hurler Ishmael ‘100 house’ Marnapal said yesterday.
But Gurias coach Michael Marum is wary, knowing the Lae franchise is capable of a strong challenge.
“Tigers are a good team and they will be hard to beat,” Marum said.
“We have identified areas in our game that need a bit more work on and improvement.
“For sure every franchise’s ultimate goal is winning the 2013 title.
“Our focus is at training first and doing all the little things right.”
Marum said the winning squad had been retained and had been back training since the beginning of the week.
He said they had no major injury worries from the Vipers game.
Marum confirmed the unavailability of bursting second rower Junior Pangogo because of disciplinary matters.
Before the Sunday match, the Gurias franchise is geared for its annual fundraising corporate dinner on Saturday.
Guria events organisers have confirmed NRL legends Garry Jack and Nathan Blacklock as guest speakers at the dinner, for which 19 tables have already been bought for K2,000 a table.