Vipers hold off Lahanis, Cutters overcome Tumbe

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The Moni Plus NCDC Pom Vipers opened the 2nd round of Digicel Cup 2020 hosting the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

The experience of Ase Boas managing the game with his kicking ensured the Vipers were mostly defending within the Goroka Lahanis half of the field. Lahanis couldn’t capitalise on the opportunities close to the Vipers try line and a strong defensive first half found the Vipers 8 points in front of the Lahanis on 0. With a try coming from Shane Nigel and 2 successful conversions from Ase Boas

The 2nd half saw a much more even tussle as the Lahanis answered immediately after Brendon Gotuno crossed over the line, with an unconverted 4 pointer. The Bintangor Goroka Lahanis found themselves 2 points behind the Vipers with 20 minutes remaining on the clock when strong man Manu Soli and Lahanis flyer Sefa Dait crossed over.

In the end it came back to Vipers putting up a resilient defence to bring them home with a 12 points to 10 victory over the Lahanis.

Kimbe Cutters opened the first half with all cylinders firing with Centre Benji Kot scoring the first try just seconds after kick off from a JPG Waghi Tumbe mistake.

Strong tackling exchanges from both sides tested ball security and handling, yet again the Cutters caught the Tumbe napping on the fringes and Benji Kot was able to grab his second try of the match.

Waghi Tumbe captain Joe Frank “the tank” breached the Cutters defense into the final 5 minutes of the first half for a try saw the Tumbe trail the Cutters after an unsuccessful conversion 4-10 going into half time.

The second half was a scrappy tug of war with both sides coming close to the opposition try line but unable to complete sets and maintain ball possession. It came down to the experience of Fullback and Captain Jah Hogen, Center Benji Kot and Five Eight Justin Yoka utilising the speedy backline and a well placed punt near the Tumbe try line forced an error and Cutters Center Anthony Longa was on hand to pounce on the opportunity giving the the Cutters a 14-4 lead with an unsuccessful conversion.

A frustrated Waghi Tumbe side finishing the remainder of the second half defending in their own half with unnecessary penalties and handling errors.

The Kimbe Cutters displaying their speed and prowess overcoming the JPG Waghi Tumbe 14-4.

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