Muruks expecting tough clash

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By MICHAEL PHILIP
LADDER leaders Mendi Muruks say they are expecting a tough clash with second-placed hosts Rabaul Gurias at the Kalabond Oval in Kokopo, East New Britain, tomorrow (2pm kick-off).
Muruks head coach Roderick Puname told The National that discipline would be crucial to their chances of coming away with a win and cementing the pole spot. Following last weekend’s 36-6 win over Mt Hagen Eagles in Lae, he said there was still room for improvement, especially in the ruck.
“We are aiming to improve in every match,” Puname said.
“Last week, we recorded a strong win. But despite the win, we still need to improve and maintain what we are good at.
“My players are ready. We will do our best and see what happens.
“But we’re aiming to retain the top spot.” Meanwhile, Gurias coach Francis Ray said his side would look to close a two-point gap on the visitors.
“We still have a lot of work to do on our defence and attack,” he said.
“We had a tough game last weekend against Port Moresby Vipers. We need to maintain our consistency, but this will come down to player discipline. We’re looking to improve in the areas that we had lacked last week. Hopefully, we can give the Muruks a strong contest.”
The Muruks will count on experienced halves Wesley Batari and Charlie Simon while the Gurias will rely on Saki Peter and young playmaker Mark Alunga.

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