By BURI GABI
COMPETITION leaders Hekari Tarangau made a strong resurgent in the second half to beat Bishop Brothers Hawks 36-20 in an evenly contested encounter in round five of the Port Moresby rugby league competition on Sunday.
Hawks led by halfback Edea Morea and hooker Toua Kohu played their hearts to lead 12-0 at the break.
However, Tarangau made a great comeback in the second half to deny the Hawks a victory and continue their clean record in the competition with five straight wins.
Tarangau scored all their tries in the second stanza with Jojo Forova (two), Barry Pakae, John Giru, Andrew Umba and Supa Kokote, all scoring a try each.
Kicker John Giru continued his accurate goal kicking duties potting all six tries with a 100% success rate.
Kohu was instrumental in igniting his side with a well structured try immediately after the second half kick off, adding crucial four points to their early 12-0 lead with tries to winger Bill Dairi and centre Peter Rex, as Sere Hans made no mistakes with his magic boots.
Tarangau captain Charles Onguglo was lucky to escape sin-binning after executing a careless swinging arm on pintsized Hawks Morea in the 68th minute leaving him concussed.
In the other matches, PRK Souths and Kone Tigers recorded their first victories in round five of the Port Moresby rugby league competition on Sunday, putting an end to their four-game losing streaks for the season.
Souths flogged Kawaso Defence 33-14, Tigers beat reigning premiers UMW Brothers 16-10, Dobo Warriors hammered Butterflies 32-16 and Maiari Eagles edged out Royals 22-18.