The National, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY Piggies staved off a late surge from Defence to win 24-14 in the third round of the Port Moresby rugby competition at Murray Barracks on Sunday.
The Piggies took charge of the match from the start with their heavier forwards led by George Oki, Philip Suapo, Gabriel Lovare, Jack Raboni, Peter Fox and Wesley Thomas taking the wind out of the Defence with their early barrage in the soldiers’ half.
Despite the intentions of Defence playmaker Adeck Naio to open up their opponents defence on several occasions it was not enough to send the reigning champions reeling.
Defence’s evergreen centre Graham Sakora tried to get some go-forward going with some good runs but lacked the support in the finishing department.
Piggies wingers Dean Manale and Andrew Samson opened the floodgates after finishing off with good backline moves with a try each to take the Piggies to a commanding 12-0 lead to half time.
Defence forwards David Moses, Enos Taureka, Sammy Tam, Eddie So’or, Jeremy Kuveu, Micah Gori and Steven Yiasang stepped up the pressure following the break, but were their only worst enemies in failing to complete several good raids.
Pacey wingers Junior Napsy Pina and Robert Boli Jr were kept quiet until the Piggies slackened off the pressure to allow successive tries.
Piggies replacements in Joshua Posu, Kali Kali and Deakan Degoba finished off the game strongly to deny any comeback.
With the Piggies scoring a further two tries to front rowers Thomas and Linus Toleva the match was wrapped up.
In the other clash, Juggernauts finally secured their first win by overcoming Brothers.