Super 5 rugby to begin with a bang

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THE national rugby union challenge, the Coca-Cola Super 5 is set to open with a ‘bang’ today at the Lae SCRUM Ovals.
Reigning Super 4 champions, the Northern Reds, have the daunting task of re-establishing their dominance in the new Super 5s format against a strong-willed Southern Traders side at 1pm today.
The new blood of Momase rugby will need to stand up to be counted in the first match, as Junior Pukpuk graduates, Jeremaiah Buengen, Chris Namani and Raphael Saea join the ranks at the next level.
With the old hands of veteran and champion five-eighth Paul Joseph at the wheel, and Raymond Tau at the back, Momase is looking to once again stamp their mark.
Southern Traders on the other hand arrived in Lae ever determined on Sunday, with probably the fittest team that has flown into Lae from the south.
Coming off a fiery grand final and season 2010 finish, coach John Pangkatana has left no stone unturned in his campaign to return the champions tag to Port Moresby.
The recruitment of a side capable of playing rugged rugby, from the front row right through to the shadows has left no room for the lazy. 
Pangkatana has issued a strong warning that any ‘walkers’ on the day would be pulled off and sent home without question.
Schweppes New Guinea Islanders will face the brunt of Highlands rugby in the second game of the first round.
Dominated by East New Britain, the Islanders may be light on  Super 4 experience, but are still a dangerous proposition with good form, having come through their finals only a week ago.
Gates will open at 11am with the opening ceremony kicking off proceedings before first game kicks off.