By FIDELIS SUKINA
THE Stop and Shop Port Moresby Vipers are currently sitting third last on the Digicel Cup ladder and are looking for a big win today in the local derby taking on the might of the Gulf Isapea.
The match is scheduled to be a great one at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in the nation’s capital.
The re match of the reptiles is a big one and It’s apparent that the Moresby side is in need of rejuvenation from their recent exploits coming off a draw and a bye to take on the Isapea, who are in form beating the Muruks 20-16
The Isapea are seated one just one rung above the Vipers on 8th while the Vipers are on 9th position this is out of 11 teams; The two teams last met in the opening round this year with the Isapea winning 18-16 while being regarded as underdogs.
The Vipers are perhaps the underdogs this time around with the Crocodiles playing well, and looking to see their win take them astep closer to the finals.
The Vipers were at the opening of their major sponsors’ new shop, the Stop and Shop at Harbour City in Port Moresby on Thursday.
Team manager of the Vipers Ronnie Titie Jr said it was a challenge to take on the Isapea and they were banking on experience and an attitude adjustment from their players to get back in the competition before the final.
“We have good young players like Karo Kauna,, who was with the NRL rookie program and has been with us for five games now, and with the help of the senior players we can step up towards the finals.”
He said they would stick to their game plan,looking to improve on their ball handling and defense as well.
“We are currently seated third last on the ladder we fixed up a lot of things with the bye over the weekend
“Its just we haven’t stated on a good note but we are polishing up on the little things to get our game back on track, we are polishing up on our defense and will be sticking to our structure and game plan,” he said.
“The boys have changed their attitude a bit and we are moving forward, we have come down hard on discipline on our players and for them to step up on their game, It is a must win if we are to make it to the finals and we are
heavily banking on the experience players.”