Raiders keen to hit back after loss

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The National – Friday, February 18, 2011

 AFTER a disappointing 11-0 loss at the hands of Freeway Bumpers, Namona Raiders have regrouped and will lock horns with Farmset Cowboys in the Hohola Lareva off-season rugby league competition at the Ipi Park in Port Moresby.

Raiders, who are boasting of the services of current PNG Kumul Larsen Marabe, are still trying to find their winning combination to keep their minor premiership campaign alive.

The side is also expecting the services of utility Peter Blu from the Gomis rugby league in Mt Hagen to get a call-up to ignite the side.

He is expected to impress his coach for the first 13 rather than warming the bench.

“Well, I had never thought of playing when I came to Port Moresby. But as a rugby league player, I started mixing around with the youths at Hohola and that’s when I started to put on the boots again,” Peter said yesterday.

Peter said the game against the Cowboys would be a tough after seeing their performance last week.

Cowboys will be led by current Masta Mak City Rangers half back Junior Ario.

Bumpers are expected to continue their exceptional form when they face off with Borderline Tigers in the A grade match tomorrow.

In the other match, Malipin Brothers will lock horns with Ipi Mountain Pima and competition leaders, Comfort Brothers will clash with Kawaso SSR.

On Sunday, Lau Rangers will rub shoulders with Mix Warriors, JV Bulldogs meet Muli Warriors, Sapea Figgy lock horns with Bus Stop Spartans and Dorido Panthers meet Tox Warriors.

After the weekend’s matches, the final eight teams who qualify will be announced.