Mendi Muruks aiming to continue winning streak


THE Mendi Muruks are eyeing their fourth straight win as coach Roderick Puname maintains the same side from last week to face the Kimbe Cutters in Lae on Sunday.
Muruks, Tigers and defending premiers Hela Wigmen are yet to record losses this season as they share the same competition points. Tigers lead the standings of the 12-team competition with a superior points differential with the Wigmen second and the Muruks in third spot.
Puname told The National earlier in the week that his side had hardworking forwards and a good spine combination that had so far contributed to their 3-0 record in the Digicel Cup.
“I think the positive side of our game this season is the combination of our halves Milex Wanis and Wesley Batari,” Puname said.
“Both are really picking up well.
“We are using a block system in attack and each of them are in charge of their respective blocks which seems to have worked so far.”
He said the Muruks attack for the most part was clicking when it needed to and that was a good sign.
“We have a very good forward pack that lays the platform for our backs. But sometimes we just have to be a little patient and try to complete a set in attack instead of rushing plays.”
The Petroleum Resource Kutubu (PRK) sponsored side will be boosted by former SP Hunter Ismael Balkawa, Julius Yakopa and 20-year-old Nelson Yei in the forward pack while their spine will be lead by hooker Wesa Tenza, who is captain, halves Winis and Batari.
For Cutters, they have recorded one loss and two draws so far and are in eighth spot on the ladder and will back themselves to get the win, especially with the addition of Justin Yoka and Noel Joel.
Cutters also have a competitive forward pack with Tony Worot, Ismael Waine and Steven Yei set to give the Mendi men a tough time at the Lae Rugby League Ground.