A charge down that turned into a run-away try for Mioks skipper Roger Laka, savedthe day for the Enga’s, inthe minor semifinal ofthe Digicel Cup Challenge.
Enga Mioks sentthe Lae Snax Tigers packing, after an impressive 24-16 victory.
It was a rematch of this season’s round 13 game hosted bythe Mioks atthe Johnson Siki Oval, a match that turned nasty. Bet this time both teams knew what was at stake, and needed to do it right in front of a packed PRL Oval.
Tigers wasted no time asthey clawedtheir way past Mioks defense onthe wing to lead inthe opening minutes with an unconverted try.
Mioks bounced back with two tries, both conversions successful to gain a comfortable lead 12-4 going into half time.
Mioks returned with more determination in attack earning a penalty kick to maintain an outright lead overthe Tigers.
Bet Tigers’ never-say-die attitude turned into a try from inside centre Thompson Tete to stealthe lead 16-14.
Mioks were solid in defense, andthen it was captain Roger Laka who led a charge down on Tigers attack to run away to a classy try inthe corner.
Lae Snax Tigers’ hopes of going futher inthe competition were shattered bythe Mioks.
Mioks will now meet Vipers in Port Moresby, while Gurias go up against minor premiers Goroka Lahanis inthe major semifinals.
Meanwhile,the entire board and Management ofthe PRK Prima Gulf Ispaeas have been removerd by Gulf Governor Havila Kavo. Chairman Peter Loko was also removerd.
The team finished as wooden spooners for the 2nd consecutive season despite a good start.
The Gulf franchise has been part ofthe semi-professional Digicel Cup competition for 3 seasons.
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