Top two hold on to table spots

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The National, Tuesday June 18th, 2013

 THE SP Port Moresby Rugby League senior grade saw several upsets. 

Despite losses competition leaders Brothers and second-placed Hanuabada Hawks retain their positions respectively.

Brothers recorded back-to-back losses in the past fortnight but remain on top on 20 points. 

At the other end of the competition table Paga Panthers dropped two places to the bottom of the ladder of the 16-team competition following their 10-4 loss to Magani on Saturday. 

The weekend of surprises started on Friday when previous bottom-placed side Kone Storm managed to hold onto a slim 10-8 lead for most of the match to beat Butterflies. 

Defence proved they are no longer the easy beats when they ambushed Hawks 16-14 on Saturday and hold onto 11th position. 

In the other matches on Saturday, Hohola Flies ground out a 4-2 win over Royals in the wet while defending premiers Dobo Warriors suffered their fourth loss of the season going down to Pumas 14-6.

In Sunday matches, Souths and West fought out an 18-18 draw, Tarangau stopped Kone Tigers from recording 6 straight wins with a 12-6 victory. 

And in the main game, Maiari Eagles gunned down Brothers 12-8 in the Digicel Cup curtain-raiser on the way to leap-frog Souths, Dobo Warriors and Kone Tigers from seventh to fourth place on the ladder.