This past weekend marked the end to the round robin matches of the 2016 Export Rugby Championship.
Leading teams from each of the three conferences have qualified for a semi-final showdown, with PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) yet to confirm the team that will take the wild card and also see themselves in the semi finals.
The Capital Rugby Union (CRU) Boromas took top honours in the Southern Conference, going undefeated in all round robin matches and taking precedence over fellow rivals, the Gaigais. Their lead grants them entrance into this weekend’s semi-finals.
With the Morobe Hammerheads and East New Britain Kaias table leaders in their respective conferences, this weekend will see the three giant unions battle it out for the championship title.
The East New Britain Kaias began their championship campaign with two big wins; 34-5 over the New Ireland Drongos, and 41-24 over the West New Britain Rebels.
With the inclusion PNG rugby representatives Rabbie Namaliu Jnr, Eugene Tokavai, Arthur Clelement and Hensley Peter, the Kaias not only have a wealth of experience but the perfect balance in the backline, complementing the heavies in the front row.
The Boromas also boast a wealth of experience, with Pukpuk captain Tisa Kautu named alongside Desmond Korpok, Stanis Susuve and several other CRU seniors.