The National, Wednesday 29th August, 2012
A FULL strength RH Foundation Magani side brought the high-rolling Eda Ranu Dobo Warriors back to earth with a convincing 16-6 victory on Sunday in round 25 of the Port Moresby Rugby League competition.
Magani welcomed its Digicel Cup representatives back with open arms, Gulf Isapeas Heni Herea, Pipi Kilori and speedster Makara Hura, all adding their own piece of brilliance in the win.
Herea opened the scoreboard up early into the first half for a 4-0 lead, but those were all the points forthcoming for the better part of the half, as solid defence and poor ball security combined to turn the affair into a scrappy one.
Magani centre Wesley Jeffery eventually ended the long wait when he scored and converted his own try before halftime to take the score to 10-0.
Warriors’ captain Anthony Abavus tried to ignite his ladder leaders throughout the half but it just wasn’t enough, as plain and poor options kept robbing them off their opportunities.
Younger brother Blend, looking a little wary at left centre, darted over in the first minute of second half with a promise of a grand Warriors finish, but it was not to be.
Isapea hooker Junior Belo, who also returned to club football on the day could not inject the same kind of impact he had on his Digicel Cup side, clearly the opposite to his cup teammates in the opposition jersey.
Wing Kilori sealed the win in the final 10 minutes for Magani.
“It’s a game we had to lose, so we learn our lessons, and fix ourselves up before the finals,” Warriors coach Paul Noe said.
“They have their representative boys back so they were probably the better team today.
“We are going to go back to training and fix up if we are going to be serious about the finals.”