The National, Friday 7th June 2013
By JOHN PANGKATANA
THE Enga Mioks have a grand opportunity to nail reigning champions Agmark Gurias to end the first half of the Digicel Cup rugby league season on a high note at the Johnson Siki Oval in Wabag.
Currently running in fourth, the Enga Provincial Government franchise is cruising for a bruising to ignite their run on the return leg with a bit of fire in their belly.
However in saying that, the Gurias away record hasn’t been that great this season and surely coach Michael Marum will be pressing to turn a few wrongs to right.
With final selections on the cards for Team Kumul as well, it will be crunch time for Mioks David Loko and Esau Siune to up the tempo.
For the Gurias, ball-playing forward Mark Mexico needs to step up and be counted for with Team Kumul squad member Joe Bruno, Danny Patrick, Emmanuel John and Obert Hondole to set the stage for a fiery clash.
Gurias stylish playmakers Ase Boas and Dion Aiye will be given the acid test to perform before a parochial Mioks home crowd.
Five-eighth Aiye must take charge and impose himself on the game.
Mioks coach Timothy Lepa will need to employ new tactics if he is going to trouble a Gurias outfit nearing its peak.
In Mount Hagen, Wamp Nga Eagles Mt Hagen inspired by their near upset over Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers will be fired up to upstage Bintangor Lahanis in what should be a bumper clash.
In Lae, Kemele Hela Wigmen need some luck and with Snax Tigers likely to miss a core of their playing strength, they have the ideal opportunity to cause the upset of the round. The Wigmen have been gearing up well and under coach Stanley Hondina anything is possible.
In Port Moresby, TNA Lions will need divine intervention if they are to knock off the Vipers.
While at the Joe Keviame Oval in Mendi, PRK Mendi Muruks are certain to lift against PRK-Prima Gulf Isapea, who are also minus a few key players in a certain upset looming.