DEBUTANTS Flame Kone Storms continued their winning run in Port Moresby Rugby League competition on Sunday, defeating Royals 18-12 in a physical encounter at the Lloyd Robson oval.
The match, played in slippery conditions, forced both sides to come up with a number of ball handling errors and miss chances scoring tries.
But it was Kone Storms attacking machine Terry Kaupa and nippy halfback Joshua Thomas, warning their troops to stick to the game plan and minimise the errors that contributed a positive result.
Their efforts paid off when flying fullback Peter Andrews touched down on the 23rd minute to lead 4-0.
The boys from Ranuguri settlement extended their lead in the 35th minute courtesy of a magic footwork by Thomas to score under the uprights to extend the lead to 10-0 at the break.
Royals led by their veteran captain Kawage Gagma, bulldozing forwards Philip Kumye and Jojo Tom, played their hearts out but were continuously denied by the Storms formidable defence led by Bal Kamane, Sigoi Bill, Tony Joseph, Peter Supa and Michael Kalo.
In other matches, Tarangau beat Magani 34-24, Brothers dumped Dobo Warriors 24-8, Hawks defeated Defence 30-18.