A charge down that turned into a run-away try for Mioks skipper Roger Laka, saved the day for the Engans, in the minor semifinal of the Digicel Cup Challenge.
Enga Mioks sent the Lae Snax Tigers packing, after an impressive 24-16 victory.
It was a rematch of this season’s round 13 game hosted by the Mioks at the Johnson Siki Oval, a match that turned nasty. But this time both teams knew what was at stake, and needed to do it right in front of a packed PRL Oval.
Tigers wasted no time as they clawed their way past Mioks defense on the wing to lead in the opening minutes with an unconverted try.
Mioks bounced back with two tries, both conversions successful to gain a comfortable lead 12-4 going into half time.
Mioks returned with more determination in attack earning a penalty kick to maintain an outright lead over the Tigers.
But Tigers’ never-say-die attitude turned into a try from inside centre Thompson Tete to steal the lead 16-14.
Mioks were solid in defense, and then it was captain Roger Laka who led a charge down on Tigers attack to run away to a classy try in the corner.
Lae Snax Tigers’ hopes of going further in the competition were shattered by the Mioks.
Mioks will now meet Vipers in Port Moresby, while Gurias go up against minor premiers Goroka Lahanis in the major semifinals.
Meanwhile, the entire board and Management of the PRK Prima Gulf Ispaeas have been removed by Gulf Governor Havila Kavo. Chairman Peter Loko was also removed.
The team finished as wooden spooners for the 2nd consecutive season despite a good start.
The Gulf franchise has been part of the semi-professional Digicel Cup competition for 3 seasons.
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