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Brothers setting benchmark

BY JOHN PANGKATANA

Undefeated 15 from 15 sets Kramer Ausenco Brothers apart from the rest.

They have blown apart Papua New Guinea’s premier rugby union competition – the Pepsi Capital Rugby Union – and are marching on to potentially appear in their seventh consecutive Grand Final appearance.

Under coach and former PNG Pukpuk fullback Joe Kautu, the men in black are gearing for another assault when they meet rivals Defence in the major semi-final this Saturday at the Bava Park.

Not too many clubs at this level can attest to going through the season undefeated and winning the minor premiership and Grand Final.

Brothers did it in 2019 and now they are potentially two games away from repeating that outstanding feat.

Kautu say’s their success so far has come off the back of the club’s five pillars in hardwork, discipline, commitment, loyalty and perseverance.

“However, at the end of the day all our success comes with having good management and their relationship with the club sponsor Kramer Ausenco.

“Kramer Ausenco has done a tremendous job in keeping faith in us for the last 14 years, as the results speaks volumes for itself.

“For this I acknowledge Frank Kramer his reliable team for sticking with us and we hope to continue promoting their brand on and off the field,” Kautu added.

Kautu further paid tribute to those senior players that set the foundation under his tutelage in the likes of former PNG Pukpuks skipper Ahulo Ottio, Geti Raka, Tisa Kautu and Tony Sipa to name a few, plus team manager Johnny Passingan and previous club president George Koi that played significant roles in returning lost respectability in the club.

The Brothers club is one of the pioneer clubs in the city that has a rich history from its early beginnings spanning more than 50 years, producing past names like former PNG Rugby Union chairman Philip Num, Harvey Maladina and past PNG Pukpuks in Albert Momberga, Peter Popena, late Joel Pera, Nixon Koi Jr, Sam Koi, David Pera, Robert Nilkare and Livingston Koi to name a few.

After a lull period of several years, Kautu and his team have rekindled that fire and has brought back renewed hope for the future.

Brothers have been setting the benchmark since 2017 and continue to do so.