With both teams looking to record their first win of the 2020 competition, the PRK Gulf Isou and Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles opened Digicel Cup round 3 at the Sir John Guise stadium in the nation’s capital on Saturday 18 July 2020. The Eagles opened the scoreboard with a successfully converted try.
Both teams using the full length and breadth of the field displaying flare in both defense and attack. Gulf Isou center Charlie Koto crossed over in the 18th minute. A successful conversion from number 7 Yuni Patrick had the match locked on 6 points.
Back to back sets within the Eagles 20 saw fullback Patrick Palme cross over for another try with 5 minutes to go in the 1at half. An unsuccessful conversion saw the Gulf Isou going into halftime 10 points in front of the Eagles on 6
Both Isou and the Eagles with opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half but neither was able to fully execute. Eagles displaying good ball work and security but a lack in their kicking game didn’t see them further capitalize on their sets.
15 minutes into the second half and Eagles Centre Desmond Michael barged his way over for a 4 pointer and an unsuccessful conversion saw the match tied again on 10 points.
A costly mistake immediately after the kick off from the Desmond Michael try cost the Eagles dearly as fullback Patrick Palme made them pay with a 4 pointer. Winger Gabi Toune adding the extra 2 points and the Isou again 6 points in front 16 -10
Eagles with opportunities close in the Isou 20 metres but unable to take full advantage the possession. Isou 1 man down with their captain getting a sin bin held on for a courageous defensive effort to record their first win.
Gulf Isou Coach Nigel Hukula was pleased with the effort the guys put in and when it really counted into the dying minutes of the game with one player short. Going into next week’s match up against the Lae Snax Tigers it’s about doing all the little things right