WNB defeat Morobe in women’s rugby 7s


HOSTS West New Britain bounced back in round three of the BSP PNG Games women’s rugby 7s beating Morobe 19-7 yesterday at San Remo rugby league oval.
In the other women’s mach AROB beat Southern Highlands 28-0.
The host did not allow the Morobeans any room as they opened with a try through Helen Lebong for a 5-0 lead.
Samantha Ramango, Christine Puang, Alice Bangau and Jesinta Misili made the hard yards and Helen Davasi scored the hosts’ second try which was converted by Ramango to extend the lead to 12-0.
The Morobeans, not to be out done, kept pressuring the WNB defence and finally cracked it when Naomi Gore scored under the uprights. Claudia Kariwa added the extras to trail the hosts 7-12.
In the second stanza, WNB with the advantage of the home crowd, added another converted try just from the kick off.
Rayleen Gelu received the ball from Lebong and sprinted 60 metres to score. Ramango kicked the extra to put her side in front 19-7 and seal the game.
WNB and Morobe will play for the bronze medal while AROB will face the might of SHP for the gold medal play off in the women’s category.
In men’s category West New Britain is leading pool A, reigning champions Morobe lead pool B and AROB are front runners in pool C.
Competition manager for the PNG Games Rugby 7s Paul Joseph said the last round of the competition was completed yesterday.
Joseph said for the medal play offs today AROB would meet Madang with the winner heading into the gold medal play offs and the loser drops downs to the bronze play off.
In the other semi-final WNB will take on the 2014 PNG Games champions Morobe.
Joseph said the game would go down to the wire and locals in Kimbe who are doing today should turn up San Remo league oval to support the teams.
The games will start at 1pm with the women’s medal play offs and then the men’s semi-finals.