PRL finals pushed back after dispute


DELAYS and disturbances have hindered the progress of the Port Moresby rugby league competition over the last two weekends.
The competition is supposed to head into its third week of the finals tomorrow after games were rescheduled because of the Prime Minister’s 13 match as well as a dispute between Brother sand Magani.
Competition chairman Dr James Naipao said the grand final date would be adjusted because of the delay. “We’ll wind up the competition a week after the original grand final date,” Naipao said.
Naipao said the Brothers-Magani game last week was called off because of fading light.
“Brothers appealed to the PRL to be awarded the game because they were leading when the game was called off and that 90 per cent of the match had been played,” Naipao said.
Last Sunday the PRL board sat to deliberate on the appeal made by the Brothers club on the decision made on the abandoned match and after all the available reports and looking at the constitution, competition rules and code of conduct, we upheld the decision for a rematch.”
The rematch was scheduled for Tuesday at the National Football Stadium oval 2 and again, the rematch was called off in the 77th minute this time after Brothers protested a try scored against them.
Before the try was awarded, Brothers had led 22-20. Magani then took a 24-22 lead when Brothers players protested and the referee called off the game. The Brothers management accepted the defeat and face Souths in major semi final qualifier.
The Magani face Royals in the major semifinal.

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