PNG Results and State of Origin Shananigans

By Daniel Andruczyk

This weekend saw the NSW State of Origin team announced. There is quite some controversy that surrounds this team with Uate being named. I have some strong views on this and I will be writing a separate article on it. In the mean time I have results from a contact at the PNGRFL and a summary from him on the Digicel Cup.

State of Origin

The NSW State of Origin Team has been announced by Ricky Stewart. Its a team that has caused much controversy with many previous stars like Jaryd Hayne being left out. However the one selection that has caused the biggest stir is the inclusion of Akuila Uate on the wing. This is something I am not happy about as he is a Fijian international and is should not eligible in any way shape or form. This is the typical abuse of power that the ARL and NRL wield over the international game and its high time that it stops. I will be doing a separate article on this. However, here is the NSW Origin 1 team:

The NSW team for Origin I.

1. Josh Dugan
2. Brett Morris
3. Mark Gasnier
4. Michael Jennings
5. Akuila Uate
6. Jamie Soward
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jason King
9. Michael Ennis
10. Kade Snowden
11. Beau Scott
12. Greg Bird
13. Paul Gallen ©
14. Ben Creagh
15. Trent Merrin
16. Tim Mannah
17. Dean Young

Digicel Cup round 2 Results

By Ivan Ravu
  • Gulf Isapea  8  drew  Simbu Warriors  8
  • Lahanis  38  beat  Muruks  20
  • Hela Wigmen  28  beat  Hagen Eagles  4
  • Rabaul Gurias  30  beat Port Moresby Vipers  14
  • Enga Mioks  30  beat Lae Tigers

“Lahanis take the lead in the 2011 Digicel Cup after round 2. The 2010 Premiers gave the Muruks an early lesson 38-20 from the word go even though the score did not indicate throughout the match.

Hat-trick of tries from Thompson Teteh, 2 early in the cesond half, tries to winger Minaho Goso gave the Lahanis a commanding lead before Muruks scored through Jackson Undi to bring the score more respectable 22-16 with minutes remaining.

Lahanis showed class through Kumul and captain Glen Nami played a key role for the Lahanis sending Casey Frank for the tryline, followed centre Chris Hogi and burly forward Gonzella Urakusie. Second try to former Pukpuk Chris Hogi seal the match with very happy Lahani fans.

Joseph Omae, Jackson Undi and hooker Chalie Wabo tried the hearts out for Muruks resulted in a try to debutant Kemi Yolu”.

In the other matches, Toyota Enga Mioks crushed Snax Lae Tigers 30-14 in Lae, Rabaul Gurias beat Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers 30-14. In Port Moresby on Saturday, new comers Gulf Isapea much improved performace to lead most of the match but only to their disappointment  a try to late in the match by Warriors to drew the match 8-8.

Meanwhile another new team who recruited well in the off-season thrashed Hagen Eagles 28-4. current Kumuls Jessie Joe Parker and Larsan Marabe played a major role in disposing Hagen Eagles at Port Moresby, Lloyd Robson Oval.


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