The National , Tuesday, May 31, 2011
TOYOTA Enga Mioks made a late fight-back in the last 10 minutes to come with two tries to win their first home game 28-20 over the mighty Hela Wigmen in round four of the Digicel Cup challenge in Wabag on Sunday.
Mioks’ forward Emmanuel Saa and hooker Kevin Icegafa put the smiles on the faces of the Mioks’ supporters, including Governor Peter Ipatas, provincial police commander Martin Lakari and acting administrator Dr Samson Amean.
Wigmen were leading 20-18 with 10 minutes remaining to fulltime when Saa got a ball from dummy half within the Wigmen’s 20m mark and sprinted down the line to cross over.
Mioks took over the lead 24-20 after Incegafa failed to convert.
Four minutes later, Incegafa kicked a high ball within the Wigmen’s 40m territory and gave a chase to dive over for a unconverted try to extend their lead to 28-20 to full-time.
Wigmen were the first to register a try to outside centre Richard Kambo after he pushed off Mioks’ full back Jeffery Maino just four minutes into the first half.
Ten minutes later, Wigmen’s forward David Kaiabe crossed the Mioks’ try line for an unconverted try to lead 10-0.
Mioks replied with four tries in a row, one converted and three unconverted tries from left winger Junior Balkawa, Incegafa, Essan Siune and Passu Awani and led 18-10 till the break.
The Wigmen fought back strongly in the second half resulting in half back Jessie Joe Parker breaking through Mioks’ defence and put a try near the uprights. Five-eighth Justin Kuza successfully converted to trail 16-18.
Parker came back for his second try in the 70th minute take the Wigmen to a 20-18 lead.
However, Mioks strengthen their defence and sent in Saa and Incegafa to seal the the match.