The National, Friday 24th May 2013
PREMIERSHIP aspirants Goroka Lahanis are determined to break Lae Tigers undefeated run in Round 7 of the Digicel Cup at the Lae Rugby League ground on Sunday.
While in the nation’s capital, a blockbuster is on the cards between the new and improved Gulf Isapea and Port Moresby Vipers in the local derby at the Lloyd Robson Oval.
For the Lahanis, coach Peter Warlock has to ensure they are not title pretenders and needs all his big names step up.
The Tigers are purring along on a five-match winning streak at home but rookie coach Stanley Tepend must demand a ruthless approach from his charges all the same.
If he can get over the Lahanis, then it is fair to say at the midway stage that only champions Rabaul Gurias pose the biggest obstacle to their tle hopes.
While for Isapea, they are no longer the competition’s doormat and will be out to get that message through when they face the Vipers.
Despite losing prop Nickson Kolo for this match, coach Nigel Hukula should a strategy to get his side over the line.
Isapea stalwart Jacob Ivaroa yesterday said Hukula had shown his nous as a coach and this match would only ad to his reputation as a top line coach.
He also appealed to fans to support their teams in a peaceful and enjoyable manner.
In Wabag, the Enga Mioks are sure to bounce back at home with a cricket score against the luckless Mt Hagen Eagles who are coming off a 64-8 thrashing to the Gurias last week in Kokopo.
In Mendi, whilst the Gurias should handle the Kemele Hela Wigmen with ease, you can never underestimate what Wigmen coach Stanley Hondina has at the back of his mind to test the champions.
“If Isapea can do it, why can’t the Wigmen,” Hondina said.
In Kundiawa, TNA Lions should push for a much needed win to beat the visiting PRK Mendi Muruks.