By LIONEL MUNGAE
The Digicel Cup competition will enter its second round games this weekend with leaders Lae Snax Tigers set to maintain its winning run against the Kroton Hela Wigmen at the National Football Stadium (NFS).
With the SP PNG Hunters on bye this weekend, rugby followers in NCD will likely to occupy the stadium as Digicel Cup teams from the four regions converge for an entertaining triple header at the NFS.
The triple header games see PRK Gulf Isou plays EPG Enga Mioks (12pm), Lae Snax Tigers and Kroton Hela Wigmen (2pm) and the visiting Kimbe Cutters will take on Central Dabaris in the main event.
The Stanley-Tepend coached Tigers are currently leading with 19 points, and they are tipped favorites against the 7th placed Wigmen, who have lost their last game against the JPG Waghi Tumbe.
After an impressive performance 10-6 win against the Agmark Rabaul Gurias in Kokopo last weekend, the Tigers will surely need the two-pointer to maintain their lead.
After an impressive start in this year’s competition, the Lae Tigers will use their experience to keep the Wigmen at bay, which this match is surely going to be entertaining as both teams comprises of seasonal campaigners, and young promising athletes who are capable of executing what is required of them.
The Wigmen have a lot on their plates in defence, as the onslaught by the Lae Boys have been superb for any clubs in the Digicel Cup this season.
Last weekend’s win will surely be a motivating factor for the Dabaris, who have demonstrated their abilities and hunger to win more matches, despite their debut season.
The Snax Tigers will rely heavily on their game makers in half-back Charlie Simon and Hooker Noel Joel to steer the team to success.
PNG Hunters players, Butler Morris and Simon will lead the charges in the charges together with team-mates Roderick Tai, Joel and team captain Edward Goma.
Digicel Cup Round 11 draws
Kokopo – East New Britain
Rabaul Gurias vs NCDC Vipers
PRK Gulf Isou vs EPG Enga Mioks
Lae Snax Tigers vs Hela Wigmen
Central Dabaris vs Kimbe Cutters
Goroka Lahanis vs Mt Hagen Eagles
Waghi Tumbe vs Mendi Muruks