A DISAPPOINTED Goroka Lahanis captain Nicko Slain Ubile said his fear that grand final foes Port Moresby Vipers could dominate the forward battle in yesterday’s Digicel Cup final came true.
The city side, boasting eight former or current representative players, won 36-14 at Lloyd Robson Oval.
“I said coming into this match that we needed to be wary of their (Vipers) pack,” a despondent Ubile, pictured, said.
“I said that they could dominate us if we did didn’t control the ruck, and that’s exactly what they did.
“Charlie (Wabo) and his boys dominated us because we didn’t get up quickly in their faces and our marker defence was not good enough.
“That was our main failing.”
The former Kumul second-rower said the Lahanis’ sliding and marker defence was found wanting, especially in the second half.
“We lacked a good sliding defence and we didn’t mark up properly at dummy half and they used the inside ball well.
“They used the breeze in that second half,” Ubile said of the four consecutive tries the Vipers scored in the second half to get into an unassailable position at 36-10 by the 71st minute.
“But I’m proud of my boys ... we’ve worked hard over the season to play 19 matches leading up to today. “But one side has to win and one side is to lose.
“It doesn’t mean the Lahanis are a super team,” Ubile said.
“We have fix some areas in our game. We have to work on our defence. We had three coaches in one season and that needs to be sorted out for next season.”
The 31-year-old Lapilo, Ungai Bena native thanked Goroka fans for coming to Port Moresby and showing their support.
“I just want to thank our fans for coming down to Moresby in numbers. The Lahanis have some of the best fans and we are very grateful for their support. We’ll be back next year.”
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