Vipers at the Kalabond ‘graveyard’ in Kokopo on Sunday.
With the Digicel Cup
rugby league competition winding down to the top eight challenge, die-hard
followers of the Gurias want some positive vibes. In a nutshell, revenge for
their 30-22 loss in their last meeting is on top of the list.
have had a mixture of form and while they are not at their renowned best,
five-game coach George Tobata will certainly want no prisoners in this no holds
This is an opportune time for Gurias skipper Travis Waninara
and former Kumul Rodney Pora to prove their worth.
The Gurias failed to
ignite and the Vipers took their feet away from them in an embarrassing defeat
last time around.
With the Vipers on the rise suffered a hiccup 12-10 loss
to the Mioks and would want to show that they are capable of defending their
title in 2014.
Vipers coach Leonard Tarum, pictured, cannot afford a loss
and will be looking to his engine-room that boasts former and current Kumuls in
props Enoch Maki and Nickson Kolo as well as converted backs Elijah Riyong and
skipper Richard Kambo to pound the Gurias defence.
The talented Ragi
brothers, Sebulon for the Vipers and Quinton for the Gurias will come face to
face for the second time.
Both are entrusted with the playmaking duties and
their battle will be a crucial one.
In other exciting matches around the
country, already tagged minor premiers the Lae Tigers can expect stiff
opposition from a determined Mendi Muruks in the double-header at the Rebiamul
Oval in Mount Hagen.
In the other clash, the Goroka Lahanis without their
spark in the engineroom, in Supa Kokote, will be toughening it out against the
Mt Hagen Eagles in their last match for the year.
Lahanis coach Peter
Warlock was given a show cause letter by Digicel Cup judiciary chairman David
Silovo for comments he made about the standard of refereeing in his side’s
16-14 win over the Simbu Lions.
The Hela Wigmen should overcome the Enga
Mioks, but will have to go through fire in Lae to get the win. The Mioks are
the dark horse for the finals with their hard, scrapping style and
In Kundiawa, the Gulf Isapea have nothing to lose against
the Simbu Lions.
But the Lions at home are an extremely difficult
proposition for any visiting team let alone the lowly Isapea.
Gerard Philip is be still smarting from the reprimand given to his coach, Hans
Kaybing during the week by the competition judiciary and will want a big win to
vindicate his team which will make the top eight.