THE Lae Tigers engraved their name on the inaugural National Super 9s Cup after beating the Mendi Muruks 22-18 in the final in Lae yesterday.
The Tigers walked away with PNGRFL Chairman’s cup and K15,000 in prize money.
Tigers coach Stanley Tepend, pictured, said the win was the best way for the side to build up to the 2015 Digicel Cup season which starts next month.
In the plate final, Aroma Coast side Rovanama beat an experienced Enga Mioks team 12-10 in a closely contested game to win the plate final, while Wantoks Irupara Gaiva Kala stole the show beating invitational side, the Queensland Kokomos, in the bowl final when Steven Gia scored the match-winning try in the extra time for an 18-14 victory.
“We are happy with the result,” Tipend said.
“We went through the pool phase undefeated and finally taking out the inaugural cup by beating the Mendi Muruks is a great feeling,” tepend said.
Tepend said the national super nines concept was a great concept put out by the PNGRFL and the sponsors to get the top tier league started.
Competition manager Hubert Warupi said the biggest winners were the local leagues and associations around the country who got involved and worked hard to give their players a chance to be involved in a national competition over the last four weeks.
“The Digicel Cup competition is the highest level and the players are very good but for the last two days and four weekends before that the players from local leagues had shown that they have potential to match Digicel cup players,” Warupi said.
He said the PNGRFL initiative was a success and they would try to make it a permanent part of the calendar. The National
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