The National, Monday July 1st, 2013
By JOHN PANGKATANA
THE Port Moresby Vipers are on track to firm up their finals aspirations with a morale boosting 20-16 win over the Enga Mioks at the Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby yesterday.
With another five matches at home, the Vipers look to have placed themselves in a commanding position to push for the top three.
Currently sitting in fifth spot, the city boys poured on the power to send the Mioks packing in another dour performance in the nation’s capital.
Vipers forward pack headlined by Sebastian Pandia, Enoch Maki and Larson Marabe were in boisterous mood to make their presence felt over the visitors.
The three potential Kumuls led by example, and did enough to post a win despite the number of turnovers that threatened to haunt them towards the back-end of the match.
Vipers stand-in coach Leonard Tarum yesterday said it is always good to grab competition points but admitted that they didn’t play as well as they should have.
“We dropped too much ball and were not able to complete a good number of our sets. I think our forwards did enough damage and our finishers Elijah Riyong and Gary Lo in particular were outstanding,” he said.
Tarum said they have to make use of their home games and pointed out that discipline with the ball in hand would give them that edge.
He further said that the Vipers did struggle and will be working on those areas to improve in the coming matches.
The Vipers scored their tries through workaholic props Steven Johns and Maki, plus Riyong for the good win.