PNGBUZZ Rugby League Round Preview: June 7

By our PNGBUZZ Rugby League Expert

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Now, how was that! SOO 1, tell me about it? If that didn’t move you or shake you the next one will make a mark. Anyone notice the absolute positivity at halftime from the Qld coach interview with Billy Slater? For $5500 per session, for the coach whisperer Bradley Charles Stubbs, dividend paid?  Great game great product, guaranteed the NSW Blues will have a two week itch to have a solid attempt at putting the Maroons away in SOO 2 .

Intrust Super Cup

Hunters host the Mackay Cutters at the National Football Stadium round 13. Hunters sitting at 11th ; two below the Cutters are soul-searching. The plays aren’t adding up, passing and defense not sticking and the questions aren’t being answered.  

Cutters haven’t had much success over past seasons in PNG and perennially started their seasons with a formidable roster boasting Cowboys hopefuls. Should be an even match and the Cutters will draw from previous ISC teams who have made first wins up at the NFS and in PNG. Both teams are in a case must win.

D-Cup

Central Dabari host the NCDC Vipers in the first of three games at the National Football Stadium. This opening fixture to the ISC match, the Dabari back at home will have to put all off field issues aside and play for their loyal supporters. A team that has so much to offer in potential talent is embroiled in the off-field grumblings which has effectively destabilized what looked to be a promising year. Vipers suffering three losses haven’t been bad for the results, they’re just not having the desired result. In saying this – Dabari to win.

Hela Wigmen playing out of Port Moresby hosts the Lahanis to close off the Sunday treble. Both teams finding form of late with the Wigmen looking the more coordinated and playing with a little more structure from Japeth Olik etc. Lahanis love the energy provided by their Port Moresby support and thrive off this. Jah Hogan is a threat out the back and ably backed up by winger Sefa and centre Brown. Predicting a physical encounter with Wigmen to win on structure.

In Wabag, the EPG Mioks will be filthy at their narrow loss in Port Moresby to the Wigmen but have been known to scalp table-topping teams. Snax Tigers next? The Tigers have the tendency to crumble when the pressure is on.  However they will have the edge with consistency and confidence. Tigers to win. The PRK Muruks under coach Jack Kereme will be out to stub out any feeling of a win from the  Mt Hagen Eagles. Both looking to stitch up back-to-back wins will have a good go at maintaining this. Muruks to win.

Tumbe host the Guria in Mini, Jiwaka.  A top five clash Tumbe should atone for the Gurias who lost in their visit to the Highlands. Tumbe to win. And of course the Cutters. Schooled last Sunday by big brother Rabaul Guria they host the Gulf Isou. Both teams I liken to be exciting and fresh. Cutters finding their straps are going to get better as the season progresses however the Isou should be a little more determined to prove they deserve to be finals contenders. Isou to win.

Rugby League and all sports are exactly that, a sport. Support safe and play safe. Blessed weekend.

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